Although must of us wont complain that the sun is still shining in October, we mustnt overlook the harmful effects that the sun can have on unprotected skin. Over time, chronic sun exposure can cause gradual changes to the skin. Sun damage can occur in all skin types although individuals with fair skin are at greater risk.
What is photoaging?
Sun damage plays a major role in skin cancer and photo aging. Photo aging is damage that is done to the skin from prolonged exposure to the sun. It may reveal itself on the skin in wrinkles, scaling, dryness, age spots, broken blood vessels and pigmentation.
Can I prevent photoaging?
The best way to prevent photoaging is by applying sunscreen with a high SPF daily to all areas prone to sun exposure. In addition, minimize direct exposure to the sun and UV radiation.
At the Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye + Cosmetic Centre, here in Toronto there are a number of treatments and products available that can reduce the signs of aging and sun damaged skin. Available treatments include chemical peels (glycolic acid and lactic acid), Photo facials, microdermabrasions and Botox treatments. Available products include Vitamin C, Vivier Hyperpigmentation System kit. Vitamin C has been shown to provide UVA/UVB protection, decreasing pigmentation and increase collagen production.
The peels offered at Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye + Cosmetic Centre are customized chemical skin peels with the use of medical-grade glotherapeutics products. Glotherapeutics exfoliation peels provide the ability to customize treatments for each individual client to achieve subtle, gradual or astonishing transformations. Glotherapeutics will help properly exfoliate the skin while repairing, rebuilding and renewing cells to assist during the healing and regeneration process. Glotherapeutics exfoliation peels can help patients improve a number of facial aesthetic imperfections, including fine lines, rough skin texture, discoloration, and redness, as well as acne and blemishes leaving patients with healthy, firm skin.
During the photo facial treatment at the Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye + Cosmetic Centre, intense pulse light (IPL) energy is delivered to a specific area. The heat from the light helps the body to begin its natural healing process to help improve the skins appearance.
During the microdermabrasion treatment, a fine jet of sand-like crystals is sprayed on the treatment area, which can include the face, neck, and hands. These crystals gently remove the old, dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin and are then sucked away by a finely controlled vacuum. Microdermabrasin treatments will give patients smoother, more luminous skin and will also stimulate the skin's production of collagen, which helps maintain skin elasticity.