Laser and Light Treatments to Improve Skin Tone After a Summer of Sun!
POSTED ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2015 AT 9:34 AM by Dr. Jody Levine
The summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean the sultry sun failed to leave its mark. Symptoms of sun damage, such as redness and uneven pigmentation, are often undesirable after-effects of a summer well spent. Though the face is most equated with sun damage, your entire body is prone to the effects of ultraviolet rays. Repeated exposure to the sun can break down collagen—causing fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation. Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC offers different laser and light-based therapies that are designed to improve skin tone and keep skin looking rejuvenated!
Laser skin resurfacing treats sun damage with revolutionary laser technology! Utilizing the PicoSure® Laser, this procedure delivers precise bursts of energy to the affected area without damaging surrounding skin cells. The PicoSure® Laser resurfaces your skin, allowing fresh skin cells to grow—improving skin texture and pigmentation. The laser’s energy also stimulates collagen production below the surface of your skin; this new collagen provides firmness and elasticity to round out your smooth new look. Laser skin resurfacing can be performed on multiple areas of the body as well, including the face, chest, arms, hands, and legs, among others.
Light therapies can also be utilized to treat the medical effects of sun damage—and not only the cosmetic effects. Photodynamic therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses a photosensitizing topical medication and a light to target certain skin cells that show signs of damage. First, a photosensitizing solution is applied to the area of uneven pigmentation. The solution is absorbed by damaged skin cells being targeted. The area is then exposed to light, which activates the photosensitizing solution and destroys the precancerous or cancerous sun-damaged cells. The majority of patients require 1 treatment, with annual touch-ups as needed. Patients are required to avoid sun exposure for 48 hours after undergoing photodynamic therapy.
BroadBand Light photorejuvenation (BBL) delivers powerful pulses of broadband light energy to sun-damaged skin. This energy breaks up excess pigments to create smooth, even skin tone. Additionally, heat pulses from BBL photorejuvenation encourage normal collagen production for continuing results in the months following BBL treatment.
NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, and the staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about laser skin resurfacing, photodynamic therapy, and BBL photorejuvenation, as well as our other sun damage treatments. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!
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