Summer means, of course, switching your wardrobe to more skin-exposing clothes, including sleeveless tops, shorts and swimsuits.
It also means spending more time outdoors under the not-so-flattering glare of natural light.
If there ever was a season for wanting your skin to look its best, summer is it. Fortunately, a variety of non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedures are now available at your dermatologist's or cosmetic surgeon's office to give your skin a quick, fresh, healthier new look.
Laser hair removal Having to shave, pluck, or otherwise repeatedly remove unwanted body hair is a common summer complaint among active people. Lasers are the best, long-term way of getting rid of hair on the face, underarms, back, or along the bikini line. Treatment requires several sessions, but you can return to your normal routine immediately.
Laser skin resurfacing Sometimes called a "laser peel," laser skin resurfacing is becoming one of the most popular treatments for minimizing or eliminating wrinkles, skin discolorations, acne scars, large pores, and those tiny, unsightly blood vessels known as "spider veins." Because of its powerful effects, this treatment requires some recovery time. But with many of the newer non-ablative devices (the ones that resurface the skin's top layer, but don't remove it) you can return to most of your regular activities immediately and to your social activities within a few days.
Microdermabrasion This treatment uses various safe and painless methods to "buff" away that top layer of dead cells. It also reduces or removes fine lines and unwanted pigmentations, such as "age" spots. Side effects (usually just some redness and puffiness) are minimal, and usually disappear within a few hours.
Chemical peels These popular treatments remove the skin's top layer of dead (and dull-looking) cells, revealing a smoother, more youthful layer of skin below. Peels can also help lessen the appearance of "age" spots, fine lines, and other imperfections. Alphahydroxy (AHA) and other lighter peels require no downtime (although you will need to protect your skin from direct sunlight for a few days).
Dermal fillers and injectables A relatively quick and easy way to erase many fine lines, wrinkles, and folds is with dermal fillers (such as Juvederm and Restylane) and injectables (Botox and Dysport). Both can help give skin a smoother (and less stressed-out-looking) surface with essentially no downtime.
Non-invasive body contouring Several new, non-invasive treatments--such as Thermage, Velashape, SmartLipo, and SmoothShapes--can help reduce those stubborn fat deposits that no amount of dieting or exercising seems to budge. These treatments use different energy sources (usually radiofrequency, laser light, or some combination) to melt away fat and tighten and re-contour the skin. Some also lesson the appearance of cellulite. Downtime varies from procedure to procedure, but seldom involves more than a few days.
No matter what treatment you choose to prepare your skin for the season ahead, be sure to seek care from a doctor experienced in treating the skin with state-of-the-art technologies. Your skin is too important--and visible--to put into the care of just anybody. Make your consultation appointment today. With a fresh, rejuvenated look, you'll be able to enjoy the long, warm, glorious days of summer even more.