What is the Best Season to Have Laser Treatments?
Posted October 01, 2014 in Laser Skin Resurfacing
Having a beautiful face can become more difficult to maintain as people age. There are many reasons for this, with most of them attributed to the aging process itself and the propensity for developing fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, or even storing small fat deposits on the face. Skin loses its elasticity as the hands of time tick. That is why when children are young, they have a youthful and “baby face” appearance. Having a poor diet or even a lack of exercise can also make one’s face appear tired, stressed and can lead to under eye sagging or dark circles.
One solution that has been popular within the last decade is called Laser Skin Resurfacing. Celebrities have been doing this for years, but now even the general public has caught on to the newest anti-aging secret.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that can be done by a qualified cosmetic surgeon. The plastic surgeon rejuvenates the skin through the use of a powerful laser tool, which can turn back the damage caused by aging. When done properly, these laser treatments are very effective, safe and can be done conveniently in the doctor’s office without having to go through a painful operation. Sometimes these are referred to as “laser peels” and it is done by removing the damaged outer layers of skin. Underneath the layers, our bodies can then yield new skin cells. Laser treatments work by stimulating the production of collagen and thereby producing a younger, smoother appearance.
Although laser skin resurfacing is most often performed on an individual’s face or neck, the procedure can actually be done on any part of the body that needs rejuvenating. A laser dissolves the damaged skin cells at a molecular level; layer by layer. This can drastically reduce uneven skin pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and other signs of aging.
Why Fall and Winter are the Best Time of Year for Laser Skin Resurfacing
Because the lasers remove skin and leave the new skin underneath susceptible to the elements, it is recommended that a patient who goes through with laser skin resurfacing to avoid sun exposure at all costs. Sun damage can cause redness, blotches or even infections. Dr. Palladino does not recommend that patients go through with laser skin resurfacing in the summer months, unless the patient can be covered by clothing and stay indoors for a few weeks.
Therefore, it is best to choose this type of cosmetic procedure in the fall or winter months. Patients who live in temperate climates may have to stay indoors anyway and of course take precautions to stay away from the UV damage that the sun can cause. People with health conditions should also consult with the doctor to make sure they can go through with laser surgery.
A good time of year that many patients choose is a month or two before the holidays. As we move into autumn and winter, now is a good time to start planning for laser skin treatments. Make sure to allow for adequate time if you have any social engagements, such as holiday parties, family reunions or school activities planned in the coming fall months ahead.