Sun damaged skin
For sun damage and uneven pigmentation including those dreadful brown splodges a really effective treatment is Photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT is an established procedure for non-melanoma skin cancer and one of the benefits noted was the rejuvenation of the skin in the treated area.
It’s a relatively simple procedure and quite painless but does take time. First, you have a microdermabrasion to slough off dead skin cells and prepare the skin. Then a cream containing a light-sensitizing chemical, 5 -aminolaevulinic acid (ALA), is applied to the skin. The treated area will then be covered for up to 3 hours to allow the cream to penetrate into the sun damaged skin cells. The ALA makes the skin very sensitive to light. After it has been absorbed, you will have a strong PDT light shone on to the treated area. The light will then target the damaged cells, but not the normal cells. The body then replaces the damaged cells with new healthy skin cells. After the treatment you may get a little redness for up to a week. You must keep the treated area covered and dry for 36 hours, but after that it is fine to bathe or shower if you treat the area gently. It may rarely scab or scale and you must use SPF50+ to protect against further sun damage. But you will only need one treatment and the results are permanent Costs £1,500 Dr. Aamer Khan specialises in this treatment, 020 7436 4441 for an appointment.