Is the sun ageing you before your time?

Australians are so lucky with our abundant sun, surf and sand, however our skin does pay the price! At Artisan, sun damage and related conditions such as broken veins and capillaries, pigmentation, dehydration and crepey skin are some of the most common issues our clients seek help with.  

We’re all familiar with the immediate signs of sun damage – redness or sun burn. But did you know the sun can wreak havoc on your skin years after the initial damage took place? This is because UV rays penetrate right down to our dermis (the deepest layer of our skin), so it can take years for the damage to surface.  

This is called photoaging. According to the Skin Health Institute, 90% of visible signs of ageing in Australians is caused by chronic sun exposure.  

When it comes to treating photoaging, prevention is of course the best course of action. Make sure you’re always wearing a high-grade 50+ SPF every day. This applies to days when it’s cloudy, during winter and even if you spend most of your time indoors (UV rays can still penetrate through clouds and windows!).  

For those who weren’t diligent about slip, slop, slapping in their younger years and are already experiencing the ageing effects of sun damage, don’t stress. Our experts are skilled in a wide-range of treatments to reduce the long-lasting signs of sun damage. 

 

How to treat mild photoaging 

Before and After - Clear + BrilliantIf you’re experiencing the mild effects of photoaging such as fine lines and small patches of pigmentation, then laser treatments like Clear+Brilliant and Laser Genesis are ideal.  

Clear+Brilliant is great for reducing superficial pigmentation and resurfacing your skin to improve texture. It’s also great for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It uses a fractional laser to penetrate the top layer of your skin, known as the epidermis to stimulate the production of new skin cells and collagen. This works to repair and brighten your complexion, improving pigmentation while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.  

Laser Genesis will also work to correct superficial pigmentation as well as redness. It works by gently heating the upper layer of your skin. This damages pigmentation and collapses dilated capillaries for a more even complexion.  

Both treatments are comfortable, have no downtime and produce results that last several months or longer depending on the number of treatments you receive.  

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 How to treat moderate photoaging 

IPL is idea for moderate signs of photoaging such as widespread redness, deep lines and wrinkles and dark, scattered pigmentation. A comfortable treatment with no downtime, IPL works by emitting light into the skin. This heats and damages superficial blood vessels and pigmentation, effectively diffusing redness and discolouration. IPL also stimulates collagen to plump your skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.   

Cosmetic injectables like anti-wrinkle and dermal filler are also great for reducing the ageing effects of sun damage. Anti-wrinkle injections will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while dermal filler will help with volume loss. 

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How to treat significant photoaging 

Fraxel and/or Laser Vein are ideal for treating significant signs of photoaging such as deep wrinkles, pigmentation and redness caused by broken veins and capillaries.  

While Fraxel does come with about seven days of downtime, one annual treatment can significantly resurface your skin for long-lasting results. Using a fractional laser, it penetrates the deeper, dermis layer of your skin to stimulate the production of new skin cells and collagen. By leaving most of the surrounding skin intact, your skin’s natural rejuvenation process kicks in. This smooths wrinkles and scars, eliminates pigmentation and creates cleaner, healthier skin.   

Laser Vein meanwhile, is the gold standard treatment for reducing redness and vascular skin conditions like spider veins. The treatment works by collapsing red blood cells within abnormal blood vessels and pigment in dark skin spots. These damaged cells are then naturally eliminated by the body, reducing the appearance of veins and pigmentation and restoring skin to its natural tone. There’s no downtime and many clients notice results as soon as they leave the clinic. 

We also recommend investing in regular cosmetic injectable treatments to manage the signs of ageing. For more significant damage and collagen loss causing static facial lines and sagging, we recommend Collagen Boost PDO smooth threads which work to stimulate your body’s own collagen production to smooth wrinkles and plump your skin, providing long-term results that last up to a year.  

 

To learn more about our treatments for sun damage and determine which treatment combination is right for you, book a consultation with our experts today. They’ll work with you to analyse your skin and determine the best plan to suit you and your goals.  

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