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Ultra-violet UV damage to the skin builds up over years eventually manifesting as discoloured patches on the skin that can be scaly and irritating. They are called actinic keratoses and are particularly common on the face, forearms, hands and lower legs.
Getting treatment for AK’s on the NHS is not always easy unless they have got to the stage where there is a risk of cancer. The treatments available are often pretty unpleasant – creams such as 5FU and Imiquimod amongst others. Equally brutal is freezing with liquid nitrogen. Photodynamic therapy is rarely available on the NHS because so many patients are unable to tolerate the discomfort during treatments.
Laser treatment with iPixel
One of the most effective ways of dealing with ageing, sun damaged skin is to have fractional laser ablation using The Harmony XL Pro iPixel. Quite a mouthful if you try to say it too fast! Whereas treatment with 5FU cream from the NHS may mean that you are walking around with sores and blisters all over your face for several weeks the laser treatment has only 3-4 days downtime at worst.
What happens is that we vaporise 49 minute holes in the skin with each flash of the laser until there are many thousands of microscopic dots. Surprisingly it is not as painful as it sounds during the procedure. For a few hours afterwards you will want a fan blowing on your face to ease the heat! Each dot acts as a focus for the expulsion of diseased cells and pigment that are replaced by new fresh regenerating cells. Nice soft new skin! 2 or 3 treatments may be necessary.
How many treatments will I need
Usually 1 to 3 treatments will be more than enough to achieve an even skin tone. That being said, the amount of treatments needed may vary from person to person as it depends on the condition of your skin and how it reacts to the laser. At the initial consultation your doctor will examine your skin and explain the best way to proceed.
Why do we get sun spots
Over time, excessive sun exposure may result in lasting patches of discolouration called solar lentigines – commonly known as sun spots.
Sun spots are areas of damaged skin that occur as a result of your body’s defence mechanism against the sun. When exposed to UV rays, our skin produces more pigment. This happens to protect the deeper layers from further damage. When the pigment bunches together instead of spreading out evenly, the result is freckles and spots.