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How to repair skin from sun damage

September 1st, 2014 by Dr. Michael Glass
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How to repair skin from sun damage

Brown spots. Fine wrinkles. Hyperpigmentation. Premature aging. These are all signs you had a lot of fun outside but were not as careful with sun protection as you should have been. So how do you undo the damage done? At Esteem Medical Spa in Reno, we have three treatments to help you repair the damage caused by the summer sun.
Fractional carbon dioxide laser resurfacing

As we age and are exposed to sunlight and pollution, the collagen (what keeps our skin looking young and line-free) in our skin becomes damaged.  Considered to be one of the top anti-aging breakthrough procedures, fractional carbon dioxide laser resurfacing helps by addressing the skins signs of aging, impacted by sunlight and pollution, by targeting the deepest layers of the skin to speed up the body’s natural collagen repair and production. The procedure tightens and thickens the skin, removes fine lines and spots and improves the texture of your skin.

CO2 laser resurfacing will produce the most significant improvements to your skin, and is the most aggressive treatment you can receive.  You will experience some downtime with the procedure so planning is important.  A careful medical history will be taken by your doctor to insure your safety and explicit pre and post procedure instructions will be given.


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One of the few effective non-invasive cosmetic procedures is intense pulsed light (IPL). It uses a series of intense pulses of light to penetrate the more superficial layers of skin. The light energy is absorbed into the sun spots and blood vessels just beneath the surface of the skin and transformed into heat. This process destroys the spots and vessels, and stimulates the production of collagen which gradually reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.  There is no downtime with this procedure.

Chemical Peel
Perhaps one of the oldest cosmetic procedures available, a chemical peel, uses a chemical solution that is applied to your skin. It loosens skin cells near the surface which eventually peel  off. The new skin that appears has a better texture and is less wrinkled. While the word “chemical” being added to any procedure can give patients pause, the chemicals used by the staff at Esteem Medical Spa are all natural.

At Esteem Medical Spa, we are happy to discuss the different procedures and make suggestions about which treatment will be the best fit for your lifestyle, timeline and budget. Contact us and schedule a consultation today.