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Undoing Summer Sun Skin Damage

FraxelAs the season changes, so does our skin, and many Ottawans begin to notice the toll the summer sun has taken. A simple, non-invasive laser treatment, called Fraxel® Skin Resurfacing, can correct imperfections caused by the sun’s harmful rays. The procedure uses light energy to target deep into the skin to stimulate collagen, revive cells and smooth coarse skin.

“Extended exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can result in that glowing tan so many strive for in the summer months, but what people quickly forget is the damaging effect UV rays have on skin,” says Dr. Trefor Nodwell, founder of The Ottawa Clinic – the National Capital Region’s only integrated plastic surgery and dermatology practice.

A summer tan is actually a sign of skin damage. As a protective measure from the sun, the skin increases its production of melanin – the dark brown pigment that gives people that tanned look. Too much UV exposure can create an uneven increase in melanin production, which can result in an uneven skin colour.

Ultraviolet rays can also reduce the skin’s elasticity and break down connective tissue to cause deep lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. And years of frequent and prolonged sun exposure is one of the leading causes of skin cancer.

“At The Ottawa Clinic we offer Fraxel®, a simple, non-invasive skin treatment, to people who’d like to reverse the effects of the summer sun,” says Dr. Nodwell.

How Fraxel® Works

Fraxel® revitalizes skin to make it appear healthier and more youthful by ridding it of imperfections like lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, scarring and sun damage.

Multiple areas of the body can be treated in a single session – from the face to the arms, hands and back. The number of treatments each person requires is dependent on the extent to which his/her skin needs resurfacing, but dramatic results can typically be seen after just a few sessions. Downtime after the procedure is minimal, and also depends on the degree of treatment received.

Take charge of your skin! Find out if Fraxel® Skin Resurfacing is right for you. Contact The Ottawa Clinic to book a consultation today.