Fall is here, and in the aesthetic world that is an ideal time to start thinking about many cosmetic procedures. Certain treatments, particularly those involving lasers, should be avoided during the summer months because excessive heat and sun exposure can lead to increased skin sensitivity as well as pigmentation. In addition to that, many surgical procedures like a tummy tuck or liposuction can also be of benefit to patients if done during fall months when any bruising or scarring is at its worst and so areas treated are protected from the sun to avoid any pigmentation problems or embarrassment in lighter summer clothing. With summer at its close, it’s time to book fall and winter procedures. Here is a list of treatments to consider.
Laser Hair Removal
You might be feeling like it’s time to be hair free, especially fresh off summer time when nagging, unwanted hair is more noticeable. Embarrassing hair is enough to break even the best of us! Best practices encourage patients wait until any summer tan fades before laser hair removal because this treatment works best on lighter skin tones. The more contrast there is between a dark hair follicle and a paler skin tone, the easier it is for the laser to target hair with more accuracy and avoid any hypopigmentation. Also, post-treatment, your zapped skin needs to be kept out of the sun for several weeks to achieve optimal results. Fall is the perfect time to begin these treatments – by summer time you’ll be well on your way to a life hair free! If you’re new to laser hair removal start small with areas like your underarms or lip. It’s a great way to get a feel for the treatment process.
Laser Resurfacing with Pixel and CO2
This is another great treatment that is best performed after summer months and is a great way to repair damaged skin from sun and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Pixel and CO2 are the gold standards for laser resurfacing. The lasers use a pixilation technique that penetrates the surface of the skin, creating small wounds within the dermis. As the skin repairs, it increases new collagen production creating a softer, more youthful appearance. Be sure to plan for downtime with this procedure. 5-7 days for the majority of peeling to occur, though most patients are fine to return to work 3-5 days post treatment. The skin may feel more sensitive for several weeks after treatment. This is all a normal part of the healing process.
For certain surgical procedures like Liposuction or Tummy Tucks, having these treatments performed in the fall is an ideal time. Colder weather lends itself to an easier time covering up any bruising or incisions that can occur from surgery. This allows patients to heal easily while still being discreet if they so choose. Plus, fall is often a time of year when patients have more time off and are able to work surgery which requires downtime into their schedules.