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Sun Damage

Sun damage is a broad term that describes skin changes that occur as a result of sun exposure. Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun damages skin cells. In addition to increasing the risk of skin cancers, sun exposure causes premature ageing of the skin. In fact, research has shown that sun exposure accounts for more than 90% of skin ageing. Clinically, sun damage, also known as photoageing or dermatoheliosis, is the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation, broken capillaries, rough skin texture, laxity and thinning of the skin. The treatment of sun damage involves sun protection to prevent further damage and treatments that reverse the signs of photoageing.

Sun Damage

Treatment Options

Topical skincare plays an important role in successfully treating sun damage. As sun exposure is a major factor in the development of sun damage, sun avoidance and strict use of high-factor SPF is recommended. Topical ingredients such as vitamin A can be very useful to treat and reverse the signs of photoageing.  Following a thorough consultation, your practitioner will recommend a tailored topical skin programme.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is the injection of your own blood plasma, that is rich in platelets and fortified with vitamins and nutrients, into the skin. The injection of PRP stimulates skin repair, therefore tightening and plumping the skin. PRP can be combined with ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, nucleic acids, powerful antioxidants such as glutathione and hyaluronic acid.

Fruit and other natural acids can be used to blend pigmentation, improve skin texture, and promote regeneration. The treatment involves a non-toxic chemical (usually from fruit acids) applied to the skin to naturally exfoliate and remove pigmentation. Peels range from mild and refreshing to more intense and resurfacing. We offer a full range of Dr Tatiana’s own blend of chemical peels. Dr Tatiana has combined natural acids with anti-inflammatory ingredients to achieve optimal results, with minimal down-time.

Light energy from an Alexandrite laser is used to treat pigmentation caused by sun exposure. Short pulses of light-energy are used to shatter the pigment within the skin. This process oxidises the pigment, turning it darker, and causing the pigmented skin to peel off. The treatment is quick and pain-free with little to no down-time.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) laser can be used  to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, reduce laxity and improve skin thickness. The laser targets the superficial and deep layers of the skin to create tiny wounds and stimulate a wound-healing response. As the skin heals, it creates new collagen, elastin and skin hydrators, resulting in smoother, tighter and plumper skin. We normally recommend a course of treatments to address the signs of sun damage.

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