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Sun Damage: Skin Reaction

Certainly many of us have endured sunburns; the acute form of Sun damage to the skin, and the harsh the reality is that the effects of sun-damaged skin increase with age.  Over time, we note the gradual changes (chronic) in our skin caused by the accumulation of sun exposure. Chronic sun damage causes a cosmetic change in the skin’s appearance called “photo-aging” which is evidenced by brown spots and other unsightly marks, and may also cause changes that are of medical or health concern such as skin cancers and pre-cancerous lesions.

We are now very aware of the adverse effects of over exposure to the sun and modern sun screens and other skin care products are directed at preventing, or at least minimising, damage to our skin arising from normal exposure and from “sun-bathing”. The symptoms of sunburn include:

  • A change of skin colour, ranging from pink to red and even purple in extreme cases;
  • Pain and swelling of the affected areas;
  • Your skin feels hot to the touch and has fluid-filled blisters that may itch that eventually pop or break; and
  • When the blisters break or peel even more tender skin is revealed beneath.

Mild sunburn can be self-treated, but severe and blistered burns need prompt medical attention, see your general Medical Practitioner or for severe cases, it may be necessary to attend at the casualty section of your District Hospital.

Treatment for Sun Damaged skin:

While protection from the sun remains the best prevention from sun spots and related sun-damage skin disorders, there are treatments available for those already suffering from “photo-aging”, although most brown spots are easily ignored, many are quite conspicuous and can detract from your skin’s natural beauty and your feelings of well-being and esteem.

City Laser Clinic has chosen the MedLite Q-Switch Laser for its proven effectiveness arising from the combination of high power and nanosecond pulses that deliver peak energy throughout the layers of the epidermis faster than the normal relaxation time of the tissue. The MedLite has two wavelengths in one laser, these are 532nm and 1064nm Nd: YAG.  These wavelengths add flexibility to the treatment options for the skin blemishes and lesions that the Q-Switch Laser has been engineered to remove.

The result is a safe, effective way to control the laser energy and safely achieve desired results. At City Laser Clinic, our therapists will identify your specific type of lesion and discuss the removal success rate associated with it.

The laser cannot be used for the removal of lesions that are cancerous or suspected of being cancerous.  If there is any suspicion that the lesion may be cancerous, the City Laser Clinic therapist will refer clients to their General Medical Practitioner for assessment and when in doubt will not treat until a Medical Clearance is provided.

As with all Laser therapy treatments, the frequency and number of treatments will depend on your skin type, the area affected and the size of that area.  Contact City Laser Clinic to arrange a free consultation to discuss a treatment plan that suits your needs

Are there any Precautions to take during treatment?

As with all laser treatment, you must avoid exposure to direct sunlight before treatment, during treatment and for some weeks following treatment. At City Laser Clinic, our experienced qualified therapists will advise you based on your skin type and the nature of the treatments that you are receiving.

The Therapists at City Laser Clinic are trained, qualified and accredited in the treatment of many skin conditions and otherwise will refer you to your Medical Practitioner or recommend proprietary treatments available at your pharmacist; depending on the concern.

Please Protect your skin!

For best protection, Cancer Council Australia recommend a combination of sun protection measures:

  1. Slip on some sun-protective clothing – that covers as much skin as possible
  2. Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ sunscreen.  Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards.  Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
  3. Slap on a hat – that protects your face, head, neck and ears
  4. Seek shade
  5. Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards

Extra care should be taken between 10am and 3pm when UV levels reach their peak. See: www.cancer.org.au/cancersmartlifestyle/SunSmart/Preventingskincancer. Remember to ‘slip-slop-slap’ whenever you go out in the sun – slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat.  Wear sunglasses too, since UV radiation can also hurt your eyes.

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