Repair Sun-Damaged Skin at the Sanctuary

by | Apr 18, 2022

Are the effects of summer sun showing on your skin? The Cancer Council of Australia reported a survey that found nearly one-in-two Australians reported having a tan from sun exposure the previous summer. “Tanning indicates you have been exposed to enough UV radiation to damage your skin,” says Dr Austin. This is bad news, indeed.

Here’s the good news: at The Sanctuary, the welcoming medispa above Austin Clinic, our skilled dermal therapists are ready to soothe and smooth your skin back into tip-top shape. We have even better news: combination treatments that enhance results have never been more popular or more effective. For sun-damaged skin, microneedling is the foundation. Microneedling triggers a wound-healing response in skin that triggers collagen and elastin production.

Here’s how The Sanctuary uses microneedling and more, to correct pigmentation problems and sun damage …


Our Vivace laser treatments combine microneedling with radiofrequency and LED light therapy. In The HydraFacial Phenomenon: Why Everyone Is Obsessed With This In-Office Treatment, Allure Magazine gives the treatment high marks because it:

  • Is appropriate for a variety of complexions and concerns
  • Can be customised to a patient’s individual needs
  • Provides results that are consistent
  • Extracts without side effects
  • Has no downtime

“Our patients appreciate that changes are visible after one Vivace treatment,” says our skilled dermal therapist, Ivana. “Maximum benefits appear in about 72 hours.”


Another device we rely upon to treat sun damage is the medical-grade microneedling device, the SkinPen. Its power is in its precision. In about 60 minutes, the treatment can:

  • Correct sun damage and hyperpigmentation
  • Smooth wrinkles around the eyes and on the neck
  • Reduce pore size and acne scars
  • Firm and plump sagging skin

Minimally invasive and easily tolerated, SkinPen is less abrasive than harsh peels. “We use SkinPen often as it is effective on all skin types,” reports Dr Austin.

HydraFacial – More Than Just Cleaning

HydraFacial is considered one of the most effective, non-invasive skin resurfacing treatments of the 21st century. Dr Austin agrees with Allure Magazine, who note that blasting skin with grit is not the answer. “We use the popular HydraFacial machine to:

  • Cleanse
  • Exfoliate and extract debris
  • Deliver rejuvenating serum to sun-damaged skin.”

“We have targeted add-ons for specific concerns, like brown spots or nagging lines,” says Dr Austin. “Your dermal therapist can recommend what’s best for you.”


Like the other treatments above, ULTRAcel combines microneedling with high-intensity focused ultrasound and radiofrequency to address sun damage. It firms, smooths, tightens, and lifts skin and deeper tissues. We use it to improve:

  • Overall texture, tone and quality of skin
  • Jowls and sagging skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne and acne scarring

ULTRAcel goes deep into the skin, causing less damage to surface layers. That results in a shorter recovery time. “ULTRAcel also allows us to adjust the levels of treatment for maximum patient comfort,” reports Ivana. “Our goal is to make the experience pleasant and pain-free.” Improvements are visible immediately and continue over time. They reach their peak about six months after treatment,” says Ivana, “and the effect can last for as long as two years.”

Save Your Skin at The Sanctuary

If the sun has damaged your skin, we invite you to step up to The Sanctuary for help. Contact us to learn more about how we can help and to schedule your personal care appointment at our medispa.