Treatment for sun damaged skin has seen remarkable advances. Prevention is still valuable and applying good quality sunscreen will help.
Our skin is open to the elements, not least the rays of the sun. A pleasure in many ways but the sun’s ultraviolet rays may harm our skin, even on a cloudy day.
Loss of skin elasticity and brown spots we view as signs of ageing can in fact be caused by the sun, as can wrinkles. In a few cases sun damage brings deeper issues, the prime cause of skin cancer.
We run a specialist unit for skin cancer treatment and screening, although most sun damage is more benign. This can still affect your looks, wellbeing, or hold a risk of becoming malignant, professional assessment is important.
Diagnosing Sun Damage
All patients at our London clinic are seen by a consultant dermatologist. The range of issues sun damage can bring require this level of expertise and good technical support.
The latest image linked dermatoscopes and confocal microscopes are available, if samples need to be analysed, this takes place in our own laboratory. Your consultant’s knowledge is the key but modern diagnostic equipment helps.
Understanding your general health, hereditary links, or related aspects of your lifestyle will often assist. Our approach is to treat a patient’s unique needs and create a treatment plan to suit them.
Sun Damage Treatment
Truly defining sun damage could take in much of dermatology. For minor conditions, specialist creams may do the trick, or a range of techniques often used for cosmetic treatment, such as chemical skin peels.
What we should highlight are the latest developments we use for sun damage treatment in our London clinic. Modern science applied to an ancient need, with remarkable effect.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) skin photo rejuvenation with Photodynamic Therapy uses a narrow light spectrum which is safe for your skin. The exact wavelength can be chosen based on skin type and the condition being treated.
IPL is well suited to treating pigmentation issues, vascular marks, fine lines, or wrinkles. Most importantly, to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.
A range of specialist lasers now offer first rate skin treatment, including fractionated lasers, such as the Encore CO2 and Pixel Erbium Yag laser. They deliver thousands of microscopic beams, like a grid.
Key areas are treated, with others left unaffected. Damaged skin cells are replaced with healthy, rejuvenated tissue, again reducing the risk of skin cancer developing and helping with your wrinkles.
We offer the best treatment for your skin and ensure techniques at the forefront of medicine help to prevent skin cancer. Treating sun damage is an essential part of our dermatology in London service.