September 3, 2021
Fall is approaching, which means one of the best times for laser treatments is almost here! Although we are sad to see summer go, healthier skin is right around the corner. Since recovery from most lasers requires strict sun protection, fall is an ideal time to have these treatments performed. Laser treated skin is more sensitive than normal skin, so there is an increased risk of hyperpigmentation for up to 1 month post-treatment depending on treatment intensity.
Why is it important to be careful with laser treatments in the summer?
During the summer months, the sun is more direct and the UV radiation is higher. This increases melanin production in the skin. Laser hair removal is a great example of why this can be an issue. During the laser hair removal treatment, the laser is heating up the melanin in the hair follicle to destroy it and prevent regrowth. If there is more melanin in the skin due to sun exposure, the laser might not be able to accurately distinguish from the melanin in the hair versus the melanin in the skin.This can result in hyperpigmentation or even scarring. Additionally, since laser treated skin makes the skin more sensitive to the sun, it can be difficult to prevent skin damage even when taking the proper precautions during the summer months.
What laser treatments are great for the fall?
Whether you are trying to even out your skin tone, reverse sun damage, even out fine lines and wrinkles, or remove hair, there is a treatment for you.
Laser treatments, such as Broad Band Light (BBL) and Halo, are terrific options for patients looking for anti-aging solutions. The BBL treatment uses broad band light to reduce background discoloration, especially stubborn brown sunspots. The BBL device emits a broad spectrum of light, which targets both melanin and hemoglobin in the skin that lead to skin discoloration. The energy absorbed by the targeted chromophores results in their destruction. The final result is clearer, smoother, and more youthful looking skin.
Halo is a laser skin resurfacing treatment that uses 2 simultaneous lasers to treat the full thickness of the skin. The Halo system triggers deep tissue rejuvenation with one laser wavelength while also treating the upper layers of the skin with an additional laser treatment. This unique hybrid resurfacing technology has similar downtime to other non ablative resurfacing lasers but with better improvement in fine lines and skin coloration.
Why start in the fall?
While lasers are also encouraged in the winter and spring, starting in the fall is a great time to target any damage that may have developed in the summer. Most of these laser treatments require a series of treatments for optimal results, so the sooner you start, the quicker you will see the full results.
Interested in laser treatments this fall? Schedule a cosmetic consultation with us at SkinDC to find out which lasers are best for you and your skin.