The changing seasons can have a strong impact on our day-to-day lives by altering how we spend our time, where we go, and even how we feel. They also have an impact on the type of cosmetic procedures patients choose. As we transition into the cooler months of fall, one aesthetic option which becomes highly popular is laser skin resurfacing. As an effective non-surgical option, laser resurfacing uses precise laser techniques to remove damaged surface skin (improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, scars, and more) while also warming the deeper layers of skin for an overall more youthful firmness. For several reasons, autumn can be an ideal time to schedule this unique procedure.
Laser treatments (including laser skin resurfacing) make your skin highly susceptible to sun damage, and sun exposure in the weeks before or after a treatment can leave long-term pigmentation changes in the skin. For this reason, patients need to take extra precaution to protect themselves from the sun during this time, and it’s significantly easier to do this during the fall when the sun is not as strong as it was during the summer. Most people spend less time outdoors in the fall than in the summer, and with less of their skin exposed, so the high degree of sun protection required is easier and more convenient during the cooler months.
We’ve reached a busy time of the year, when families’ school and extracurricular schedules are in full swing and we’re all starting to plan for the holidays. One of the advantages to laser skin resurfacing compared to cosmetic surgery is that the procedure requires less recovery time, so you can be back on your feet more quickly. Still, it’s important to give your body the time it needs to heal. Depending on the details of your procedure, you can expect to return to most of your daily activities within one week, but during your pre-laser treatment consultation, we’ll discuss your recovery in more detail and I’ll help you determine how much time you should spend away from work, parenting, and other responsibilities.
The winter holidays will be here before we know it, and if you’re hoping to look your best for all your parties and gatherings, it’s important to leave yourself enough time to fully recover beforehand, especially because it can take several weeks for swelling and bruising to subside (depending on the details of your procedure). Because laser skin resurfacing is less invasive, it’s not too late to have yours performed in order to be ready for the holidays. This is especially true for patients who have already had a face lift, because laser treatments can address signs of aging the facelift cannot (like age spots and fine lines) while also reducing the appearance of the surgical scar and offering the added benefit of rebuilding skin-firming collagen.
While laser skin resurfacing can be an ideal way for some to address their facial aging or surface imperfections, it’s important to recognize that each cosmetic procedure will only be successful for the right patients. To find out whether laser skin resurfacing can help you, schedule a pre-treatment consultation. Or, for more helpful information about cosmetic surgery, follow me, Dr. Franklyn Elliott, on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.