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Sun Damage

Sun Damage
Sun damage or photoaging is a leading cause of wrinkles and discoloured skin. It increases the appearance of age spots, freckles, dry skin, broken capillaries and moles.

Treatments for Sun Damage

What is Photoaging?

Increased and excessive exposure to the sun can have detrimental long-term visible effects on your skin. Sun damage, pigmentation issues, appear most often on the face, hands, arms, neck and chest.

Sun damage is caused by UV rays (both UVA and UVB rays). When UV rays hit the skin, they trigger an influx of cells called melanocytes in the epidermis. Melanocytes produce melanin, which is responsible for the skin’s pigmentation. This means more melanin is produced, giving the skin a darker appearance. Photoaging isn’t necessarily caused by the sun itself, as artificial light from tanning lamps and sunbeds can also cause damage to the skin.

Sun damage increases pigmentation of the skin as it accumulates with sun exposure over the years. It can be cosmetically undesired and in some cases dangerous. Photoaging also increases the signs of ageing as UV radiation destroys elastin and collagen, accelerating the development of wrinkles. Collagen helps your skin bounce back after stretching and folding. When collagen and elastin levels are low due to UV radiation, your skin doesn’t bounce back.

If you regularly use a sunbed, live an outdoor lifestyle or just generally love living life in the sun, you will inevitably see some sun damage. You should always cover up with a hearty SPF50 every day to protect the skin from UV light.

Furthermore, if you are regularly exposed to the sun, without protection, you can also become more prone to cancer and skin lesions. However, if you have sun-damaged skin already, Bodyvie’s photoaging treatments are vast and efficient.

There are many options for treating sun damage with the optimal procedure dependent on the symptoms being shown. The appearance of photoaging can be reduced with the resurfacing of the skin with lasers, peels, or retinol-based products. Peels are usually used to address superficial damage whilst light therapies work in the deepest layers of the skin.

We conduct a SkinObserv Analysis to thoroughly record your skin’s current condition as this technology reveals all signs of skin damage on the surface and below. This is great for patients who want an in-depth look into their skin. With this innovative analysis option, patients no longer need to wait for skin conditions to reveal themselves through loud symptoms. Using SkinObserv we can uncover skin issues quickly, accurately and safely.

Our aestheticians and doctors will determine the best treatment options for you to restore your skin. Our doctors will send samples of suspicious signs of sun damage to the lab for histology to detect abnormal cells.

SYMPTOMS of Sun Damage

  • sunburn
  • rough skin
  • age spots
  • wrinkles
  • thread veins (tiny visible veins)
  • irregular pigmentation
  • redness
  • blotchiness
  • skin cancers
  • actinic keratosis

CAUSES of Sun Damage

  • Sun exposure
  • Sunbeds

Prevention of Sun Damage

It can be prevented by avoiding sun exposure and applying SPF50 daily, throughout the day and all year-round.

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"I simply cannot rate this place highly enough. I’d give it 10 stars if I could. All the staff at Body-vie are friendly, welcoming and very knowledgeable. Dr Weber is someone with whom I trust implicitly. I went to another local aesthetics clinic before this one for a consultation and walked out feeling disheartened and very confused, I was made to feel like I needed to spend a lot of cash in order to get the desired result. "
Lisa Horgan

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