Sun Damage Treatment


General Treatments

Sun damage, also known as photo damage can be either acute (as in sunburn or chronic) or seen as gradual changes in the skin caused by the accumulation of sun exposure throughout one's life.

Chronic sun damage results in either a cosmetic change in the skin's appearance called photo ageing or, more serious medical and health concerns such as pre-cancerous lesions and skin cancers. The evidence is very strong that ultra-violet light is the cause of most of the changes that we consider to be associated with premature ageing of the skin.

Sunshine, although essential for health and well-being, is certainly hazardous to the skin. For many people it feels good to spend time outdoors and this makes it difficult to avoid excessive exposure to the sun. Most of the sun exposure we accumulate throughout life is thought to be made up of multiple short periods of time outside. Those working outdoors are clearly at risk of photo damage. Activities such as skiing, sailing, and gardening can contribute to chronic photo damage. Even one-time sun exposure, causing a tan, results in damage to the skin. If the ozone depletion continues this may also increase our lifetime exposure.

There is no such thing as a 'safe' tan!

Individuals with fair skin are clearly at greater risk although sun damage can occur in all skin types. Tanning studios continue to thrive and their popularity adds to an accumulation of photo damage.

Premature ageing of the skin caused by sun damage can often have a negative impact on careers, social life and self-image.

Since 2003, The Cottage Surgery has developed advanced expertise in tailored combination therapies. Each patient has a carfully crafted, unique personal programme devised for them. The programme will include three main elements: exfoliation, enhanced collagen stimulation and protection from further premature ageing. 

The exfoliation module may include acid treatment such as glycolic, salicylic or, TCA peels and/or microdermabrasion, using the widely acclaimed Salt A-Peel system. Collagen stimulation and protection from further premature ageing is achieved by NLite laser therapy and prescribed high calibre skin products.  

Each component is designed to stimulate fibroblast cells, responsible for the production of new collagen and elastin. They are each a powerful anti-ageing therapy in their own right but when combined in this unique, synergistic manner they will provide maximum collagen regeneration. Skin will appear smoother, firmer and younger looking. 

The Cottage Surery has recently introduced Micro Needle Therapy enabling staff to utilise another successful and highly effective tool aimed at reducing the signs of ageing.

To arrange a confidential, friendly consultation that is totally free and without obligation, or to receive a Patient Guide, fully explaining the process, please contact us on 01384 940494 or via our website email service.

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