What is sun damage?
Ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun damage your skin and, can cause sunburn. As the damage accumulates over time, you start to see the effects manifest as dark spots, wrinkles, and other problem areas on the surface of your skin that can add years to your appearance. Research has shown that exposure to ultraviolet rays is responsible for 80% of your skin's aging.
What solutions are available for sun damage?
Dermatology Associates of Seattle offers the most advanced solutions in fighting the effects of premature skin aging using a state-of-the-art procedure referred to as a Photofacial. A Photofacial utilizes intense pulses of light to penetrate into the skin, stimulating the constriction of blood vessels, tightening of collagen, stimulation of elastic tissue and lightening of from spots. Over time, this process reduces the visible effects of premature aging.
How do Photofacials work?
These treatments target different chromophores (pigment creating cells) in the skin, which selectively absorb the light energy as heat and yield the desired response. The wavelengths of light treat red and brown spots by targeting the chromophores of melanin for brown spots, and hemoglobin for vessels or redness. The brown spots undergo mild desquamation and slough off within two or three days, while the vascular lesions resolve within 10-14 days.
How many Photofacial treatments will I need?
Each Photofacial session is expected to reduce visible damage by 15-20%. Typically, your dermatologist will recommend 3-5 treatments scheduled about one month apart. There are longer-term maintenance treatments available such as Forever Young BBL to our patients as well. Research has shown that the Forever Young treatments actually reverse the genetic damage done to the skin by the long term sun exposure. With regular treatments, your skin can indeed look Forever Young. Your dermatologist may advise a different treatment schedule if you have any other skin conditions.
What should I expect after a Photofacial treatment?
Temporary darkening of brown spots, minor swelling, and mild redness are typical and expected effects of your first treatment and may last up to one week. For skin conditions such as spider veins and rosacea, swelling and bruising are possible and may linger for up to one week. As these effects subside, you will notice smoother skin and a more even tone. As you continue treatments, the overall appearance of brown spots, redness, and fine lines will gradually decrease. Make sure to use plenty of sunscreen before and after your Photofacials to protect your skin.
Achieving optimum results:
For the best results, choose the best possible treatment by selecting a trained and experienced specialist. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologist by calling:
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