What is Sun Damage?
Sun exposure causes most of the sun damaging skin changes which we associate with aging. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light, over time, damages the collagen and elastin fibers in our skin. When these fibers break down, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin also bruises and becomes more fragile, therefore taking longer to heal. The sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you’re young. But as you get older, it can appear in many different ways.
What are the different types of Sun Damage?
- Age spots – Age Spots, also called liver spots and solar lentigines, are flat, gray, brown or black spots. They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms — areas most exposed to the sun.
- Fine lines and coarse wrinkles – Wrinkling in skin is caused by habitual facial expressions, aging, sun damage, smoking, poor hydration, and various other factors.
- Freckles – Freckles are clusters of concentrated melanin. A freckle also is called an “ephelis.” Ephelides is a genetic trait. It’s used to describe a freckle that is flat, light brown or red, and fades in the winter.
- Rosacea – Rosacea is a skin disease marked by redness (erythema) or flushing of the face and skin. Small visible spider-like veins called telangiectasias also can occur. It also is not uncommon for sufferers of rosacea to have hard pimples (papules) and pus filled pimples (pustules) appear in the red or flushed area.
- Vascular lesions – Vascular lesions are a rupture or malformation of blood vessels near the skin’s surface. Common types include broken capillaries, spider veins, cherry angioma, and port wine stains.
Calves, and ankles. It’s estimated that at least one third of the adult female population is troubled with this common problem. People often seek treatment for spider veins because of cosmetic concern. However, it also is common for spider veins to cause symptoms, such as aching, heaviness, itching, and night cramps. Though lying below the surface, vein disorders are some of the hardest skin conditions to cover up. Spider veins can be particularly vexing because they appear in the face and legs. They are the result of chronic photo damage; as the skin becomes thinner, the vessels become more visible. How are spider veins treated? The Harmony Laser can provide the ideal laser wavelength with the most flexible parameters to deliver an effective spider vein treatment. It treats a broad range of vessels: from tiny spider veins to deep blue reticular veins quickly, safely, and effectively. Patients with multiple skin colors can experience outstanding results with minimal side effects. This treatment can be beneficial on many parts of the body where noticeable veins or capillaries are a problem. How does the technology work? The Harmony Laser uses a hand piece called the Long-pulse 1064 Nd:YAG. This hand piece has a different wave length then some of the other hand pieces, like Pixel and AFT, but is perfect for treating spider viens.