In many areas of this country, people are exposed to different seasons throughout the year. Summertime, while the common favorite, can pose serious damage to the skin. With much of this season enjoyed outdoors, coupled with longer daylight hours, repeated exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays gradually break down internal structures of the skin. These penetrating rays wreak havoc on collagen and elastin, the two main constituents of the organ’s framework.
The effects of sun damage include lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and brown spots. Most people tend to enjoy the look of tanned skin, feeling it refreshes their complexion and restores the look of youth; however, once the bronzed coloring fades and presents complications to both one’s appearance and health.
Prevention and Treatment
While Dr. Rubinstein recommends the use of an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) lotion to prevent future issues, he recommends Clear + Brilliant treatment sessions for patients who show the first visible signs of sun damage. The non-invasive laser penetrates the skin, creating microscopic holes. In reaction to the “injury,” the collagen moves into repair mode, strengthening any areas of laxity. The treatment offers improvement on all tone and types of skin, but may display the greatest results on younger, less-damaged faces. Clear + Brilliant can be thought of as entry-level skin rejuvenation.
Through the aid of the Clear + Brilliant laser, the skin can be improved in many ways: pore size refinement, skin complexion enhancement, and greater elasticity. The handheld device easily glides over the skin, delivering a gentle, yet powerful light therapy throughout the skin. Many patients report the treatment is not painful, and causes only mild discomfort. Some redness and swelling may linger for a few days following the treatment.
Treatment for Mature Skin
Today’s youth and middle-aged individuals may not fully appreciate their ability to virtually undo the exterior appearance of sun damage as it occurs. Those with advanced signs of aging may need to pair Clear + Brilliant with more invasive procedures, such as facelift or neck lift surgery. Injectable fillers may also restore volume to areas that are lacking, but must but must be performed on a recurring basis.
Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein of Hudson Valley, New York is a board-certified specialist in facial plastic surgery. The doctor delivers medical and aesthetic expertise to ensure each of his patients looks as good as they feel. Also specializing in nasal and sinus disorders, the doctor performs sinus cleansing surgeries like balloon sinuplasty to promote long term sinus health. When the doctor is not working directly with patients, he is instructing as an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Contact the doctor’s office at (845) 863-1772.