Sun damage is a common concern amongst us Australians. Our medispa has all of the latest non surgical treatments available to treat and minimise the appearance of sun spots, including IPL, Nd:YAG, HydraFacial and more.
What are sun spots?
Sun spots are characterised by a noticeable change in skin colour, typically as a darker, unevenly shaped area that appears on the skin. Medically known as an actinic keratosis or solar keratosis, sun spots develop as a result of long-term sun exposure and are a sign of severe damage to the skin.
Sun spots are a common concern amongst Australians and are actually the most common lesion to occur on the skin. Sun damage can develop on any area of the skin that is repeatedly exposed to the sun, although occur most commonly on the face, scalp, hands, arms and neck.
In most cases, these spots are entirely harmless, although can cause itching, pain and stinging when exposed to sunlight. In other cases, solar keratosis can be pre-cancerous.
What causes sun spots?
Sun spots are the result of continued and repeated sun exposure for long periods over a number of years, without the use of protection such as sunscreen. The truth is, no matter whether the temperature is hot or not, UV rays are damaging. The skin’s natural defence against the sun’s UV rays is to produce melanin, a pigment which colours the skin. Sunspots occur when the melanin-producing cells release excess pigment.
There are a number of risk factors that increase your changes of developing actinic keratosis. These include having fair skin or red hair, being over 40 years of age and having a history of working or playing outdoors.
While not all sun spots are pre-cancerous, they can be unsightly and many wish to have them removed. We can visibly reduce the appearance of sun spots using a number of medical grade technologies. Here at Dr Anh’s Medispa, we offer a number of treatments to remove sun spots, including:
HydraFacial treatments thoroughly cleanse, extract and hydrate the skin through use of unique vortex technology. By offering a gentle exfoliation that removes dead skin cells, HydraFacial is highly effective in addressing a number of skin concerns, including sun spots.
Fraxel laser treatments utilise fractionated resurfacing laser technology to improve the discolouration caused by sun damage. Targeting tissue deep within the skin, Fraxel stimulates the body’s natural healing response to shatter sun spots and replace it with newer layers of healthy, undamaged skin.
IPL treatments work by exposing the skin to intense light pulses. This light is absorbed by the skin, resulting in a heating effect to stimulate the repair of the skin. IPL is an excellent treatment for removing the effects of sun damage and sun spots should start to peel off within a few days following treatment.
Nd:YAG is a non-ablative laser treatment that deeply penetrates the skin to damage the skin cells that produce pigment. These damaged cells will then be cleared from the skin, which results in the lightening of the area where the actinic keratosis condition once was.
Chemical peels are a great way to treat sun damaged skin on the face, hands and neck. During treatment, an acid solution will be applied to the treatment area that exfoliates away the outermost layer of skin, revealing the fresh skin, free of unwanted spots, underneath.
Not sure which treatment is best to remove your unwanted spots? By booking a consultation with Dr Anh, we can work together to create a personalised treatment plan to best suit your skin’s needs. If you would like to learn more about our sun spot removal treatments or to request an appointment, contact Dr Anh Plastic Surgeon, Medispa and Wellness Clinic today.