The sun does a significant amount of damage to our skin. Just because we are careful about applying sunscreen now doesn’t mean we used to be.
All of those years in our teens and twenties when we thought we were invincible and applied tanning oils instead of sunscreen might not have left their mark at the time, but they certainly left damage deep within the layers of the skin. This damage might have remained dormant for a few decades, but now it seems to all be coming to the surface at once.
If this is the case for you, as it is for so many as the years go by, then your skin is likely making you look older than you are. Laser skin rejuvenation is the only noninvasive procedure that will erase skin damage, completely reversing the signs of aging. Learn how laser skin rejuvenation can help you.
What Controls Our Skin’s Aging
There are two main aspects of aging. The first factor is intrinsic aging, which involves a person’s genetic makeup that decides how and when it begins to age. Our DNA determines when loss of collagen will begin, as well as our skin’s elasticity as we age.
The second factor that we have more control over is extrinsic aging. This includes the exposure our skin has to elements that tend to cause premature aging such as smoking, poor diet, stress, pollution, and UV rays from the sun. Unlike intrinsic aging factors, extrinsic aging can be controlled by our actions and therefore prevented. However, when the damage is already done, laser skin rejuvenation can be performed to reverse most of it.
How the Sun Damages Our Skin
When our skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun, it causes damage to the fibers of our skin. Over time, when a lot of these fibers are damaged, our skin will begin to sag, stretch, and show signs of wear. When these signs begin, it means that our skin has lost the ability to cure itself and that any signs of damage from then on will be permanent. You’ll see damage in the form of sun spots, hyperpigmentation, freckles, scars from sunburns or sun poisoning, and wrinkles.
More serious issues can later surface as a result of sun damage, such as sallowness, which is a yellowing of the skin, telangiectasias, which is dilated and visible blood vessels under the skin, or elastosis, which is damage to the skin’s collagen. Skin cancer is also a potential result of too much sun exposure, as the damage caused by UV rays can lead to the growth of abnormal skin cells.
What is Laser Skin Rejuvenation?
Laser skin rejuvenation is a noninvasive laser procedure performed by licensed medical laser technicians on the face, neck, chest, hands, or any other area of the body. It’s used to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, scars, skin discoloration, hyperpigmentation, birthmarks, sun damage, acne marks, age spots, and skin elasticity. Since it’s a noninvasive procedure, there is little or no downtime required. In fact, most laser skin rejuvenation treatments only take 20 minutes, so most people get them done on their lunch breaks or on their way home from work.
How Laser Skin Rejuvenation Works
Using fractional lasers which treat a fraction of the skin at a time, laser skin rejuvenation is able to target problem areas deep within the layers of the skin without damaging the skin’s surface. By targeting the damaged skin cells that are causing your skin imperfections, the laser eliminates them, stimulating the body to naturally replace them with new, healthy skin cells.
Additionally, this process stimulates collagen growth. Your body tends to stop producing collagen when you reach your thirties, making it harder for the skin to heal itself if a blemish or scab forms. A decrease in collagen production has also proven to show loss of skin elasticity. By getting laser skin rejuvenation, you will have increased collagen, which will give your skin back its youthful appearance.
To get started with your laser skin rejuvenation treatments, contact your local laser clinic and schedule an appointment for a free consultation. At your consultation, you will learn if laser skin rejuvenation is the best way to treat your skin imperfections as well as how many laser treatments you’ll need to get your skin looking its best.
On average, most people only require three laser treatments to eliminate years of sun damage, but this can vary depending on the size of the area being treated as well as the severity of skin damage. Regardless of how many treatments your licensed medical laser technician tells you that you will need, you will see results after just one laser session.