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Types of Scars and Their Treatments

Your skin is a seamless, critical organ. You can think of it as a silk cloth protecting valuable possessions, where a small tear or blemish can make a big difference in its appearance. It’s the same with your skin. Any injury, burn, abrasion, or incision can cause an unsightly scar. 

When this blemish is in a location that is easy to hide, it’s not so bad. But when a scar is in the open for all to see, you may wonder how to make it appear less visible or go away. Unfortunately, a scar will never wholly become invisible, but treatments exist that can reduce its size and soften its appearance.

What is a Scar?

A visible scar is the result of built-up tissue comprised of the natural protein collagen. Collagen fibers that collect around a wound will form a different pattern, causing the skin to look different than the adjacent skin tissue. The scar tissue forms a cross-stitch pattern, distinct from the natural woven pattern of collagen.

The scar tissue is different in many ways from the healthy tissue surrounding it, and it is more susceptible to the sun’s UV rays. Hair follicles rarely grow back after a wound heals, making the area more distinctive, as well.

Different Scar Types

Not all scars are created equal. Although they are composed of the same types of cells and tissue, there are different types. They include:

Hypertrophic Scars

These scars are a result of the body generating too much collagen to the wound area. Red bumps emerge on the scarred area and typically take a defined shape a month or two after the area heals.

Keloid Scars

Much like a hypertrophic scar, keloid scars present red bumps but may grow beyond the original wound and never go away. Keloid scars are more common in individuals with darker skin types. Although they form after injuries, they may appear spontaneously. They generally don’t pose health risks but can be a significant aesthetic issue.

Atrophic Scars 

These skin irregularities are often the result of losing muscle or fat in an area, making the skin appear void or sunken. Surgical and acne scarring fall into this category. 

Stretch marks form when the skin stretches rapidly and for an extended period. They result from pregnancy or weight fluctuations and are more of a cosmetic concern than a health issue.

Scar Treatment

There are various treatments available to diminish scarring with varying success rates. You should note that no treatment will completely restore the scarred skin. However, some options can make a significant improvement in the tone or texture of the scars.

Over-the-Counter Products

Although many drugstore products boast of scar reduction properties, they offer little hope for permanent improvements. If you are not ready for treatment from a dermatologist, you should wait to see if time will make your scarring less noticeable before using these non-medical-grade remedies.

Chemical Peels/Microdermabrasion/Laser Treatments

Removing the damaged layer of skin can lighten scar visibility as a new, fresh skin layer appears. The most promising results come from treatments offered by a board-certified dermatologist, not home exfoliation methods. A chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or laser skin resurfacing can produce fantastic results.

MicroNeedling

This advanced skincare technology creates micro-wounds in the skin to trigger collagen production to fill in voids and reduce scarring. Microneedling is a non-surgical solution that uses the body’s natural healing process to help reduce visible scars.

Dermal Fillers

These injectable products can provide a temporary solution to visible scarring. They add volume beneath the skin surface to help fill in the voids left by acne or superficial wounds. Some dermal fillers increase collagen production to help maintain desired outcomes.

Learn More

If you have more questions on how dermatology can help reduce scarring, call board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Lisa Donofrio at 203.421.6674  or request a consultation today!

Why Winter’s Chemical Peels and Laser Treatments Ensure You Stun in the Spring

Once you decide to introduce a skin treatment like a chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing to your skincare routine, the time to schedule is a major consideration.  The winter months are the best time to have these treatments to improve skin tone and texture. During the warmer months, we tend to spend more time outdoors, exposing our skin to the sun’s UV rays. However, it’s easier to heal and recuperate indoors during our cozy Connecticut winters.

Chemical Peel Recovery

When opting for a chemical peel to address skin issues like sun damage, lesions, and extensive wrinkles, you may choose a superficial, medium, or deep treatment solution. The deeper peels are restricted to the face while the milder solutions can help in other areas of the body, as well. 

In the weeks following a chemical peel, your skin will peel and start the process of regenerating new skin cells to replace those that the treatment removed. During this time, you must care for your skin to ensure healing, avoid infection, and enjoy long-lasting results. Direct sun exposure can trigger hyperpigmentation and a change in color, so it’s critical you avoid the sun until your skin peels thoroughly.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery

Like after a chemical peel, your skin will require some time to heal after laser skin resurfacing. The time necessary for recovery varies, but a general rule is approximately two weeks. One crucial factor is that you should keep the treated area out of direct sunlight. There will be some peeling as the new skin cells regenerate, and the new layer emerges. Your skin may be pink or red for weeks if not months after laser treatment.

Winter is Better

Since UV levels are lower during the winter, this time is better suited for chemical peel and laser skin resurfacing recovery.  For patients who are receiving multiple sessions, the colder climate allows them to complete their entire treatment regimen while easily avoiding the sun. Although sunscreen decreases the chance of sun damage significantly, staying indoors is the best way to protect yourself from UV rays. 

Scheduling these procedures during the winter helps you optimize your recovery. Many patients find it easier to take some time to recuperate indoors during the colder months, without the added pressure of beach trips, summer vacations, or other outdoor activities.

Once your healing is complete, you can show it off in time for those spring festivities. Plan your skin treatment now for graduations, weddings, or that sultry summer vacation!

To learn more about chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, or any of our cosmetic treatments and Dermspa, schedule a consultation with Aria Dermatology and Aesthetic Center today.

Tips to Keep Your Skin Glowing All Winter Long

Now that the holidays are behind us, we find ourselves in the dead of winter, with cold, dry air assaulting our skin. Many feel that the summer climate affects our skin more negatively, but that’s not the case. Although UV rays from the summer sun can damage youthful, radiant skin, the winter dryness, and prevalent winds can cause just as much damage if not more. 

The critical component for proper skincare during the colder months is to understand the danger that winter poses to our skin. To combat these hazards, the team at Aria DermSpa in Madison, CT, offers these helpful hints.

Stay Hydrated

Yes, we know that drinking adequate amounts of water during the winter months is more difficult, but it’s just as important than when lying by the pool when its 90 degrees. With lower humidity, the skin can dry quickly causing a dull, chapped appearance. Although moisturizing the skin surface is essential, hydrating your body from within is crucial, as well. Drinking plenty of water, at least 80 ounces per day, is good for your overall health throughout the year.

Moisturize Intelligently

You may use a skin moisturizer that works fine in the spring and summer. But as it gets colder, you should adjust your skincare routine accordingly. Find a moisturizer ointment that’s oil-based, not water-based, as the oil will create a protective barrier on the skin that holds more moisture than a lotion or cream. Many night-time moisturizers are oil-based.

Slather on the Sunscreen

Yes, it’s winter, not summer, but does the sun stop shining cause the temperatures drop? And remember, when it snows, it makes the outdoors like a beach in the Carribean when it comes to sun glare. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to all skin exposed to the elements including your face and hands. This practice should be daily, apply the sunblock about a half-hour before going outdoors.

Cosmetic Treatments for Winter

You should also seek a professional that specializes in skin health. The best of these are dermatologists who help their patients retain their youthful skin and beauty. Here are a couple of treatments that work well during the winter months, when staying indoors is more convenient:

Chemical Peel

A chemical peel shoughs off old, tired skin layers to reveal fresh, radiant skin. The process includes a recovery period when the treated skin must avoid the sun. Winter is the best time to have this treatment when staying indoors is more manageable. It’s also easier to cover up with scarves and hats as you venture outdoors.

MicroNeedling PRP

Although PRP facial rejuvenation offers little to no downtime, this procedure is an excellent wintertime treatment to eliminate uneven skin tones, fine lines, a rough skin texture, and acne scars. It also adds skin elasticity to help tighten skin to that youthful glow. 

The treatment uses the body’s healing properties found in the blood. Also known as a Vampire facial, it employs platelet-rich plasma (PRP) delivered to facial skin to stimulate the healing process and produce glowing skin.

Fraxel

This laser skin resurfacing treatment is a quick, convenient process to attain healthy, smooth skin. Fractional laser skin resurfacing (Fraxel) is for patients who don’t have time for a long recovery associated with most laser treatments. It is a gentle, minimally invasive procedure that employs advanced laser technology to resurface facial skin with a gentle approach. 

Another great benefit with Fraxel is it can be tailored to your unique skin issues, including uneven skin texture, scarring, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and fine lines.

Look Great this Winter and Beyond

You don’t have to wait until spring to boost your skincare regimen to look your best. Schedule a consultation today to find a procedure that is best suited to your cosmetic concerns. 

Call or contact us today to get more information about our facial rejuvenation treatments offered in Madison, CT.

How to Tame Rosacea’s Redness at Home and with the Dermatologist

For rosacea patients, flare-ups can a familiar yet frequent annoyance, undermining not only a person’s self-confidence but also causing significant discomfort. Luckily, modern dermatology has made managing the condition easier than ever. Consider adding these at-home and professional options to your ongoing treatment plan and tame your rosacea!

Healing at Home from Rosacea

The first step to putting your rosacea in maintenance mode is to understand precisely what triggers a flare up. Identifying triggers can be somewhat of a challenge – while there may be a hereditary component to the condition, triggers are different from patient to patient. While some may develop the characteristic flushing after spending time outside, others may be triggered by what they ate or drank. Keeping track of what does (and what doesn’t) lead to an outbreak is critical to minimizing your discomfort and keeping rosacea under control.

Being gentle with your skincare regimen is another vital step to managing rosacea. This goes beyond how you care for your skin (keep scrubbing to a minimum) to the kinds of products you should be using. Oil-free and hypoallergenic moisturizer can help limit the effect of environmental triggers while gently cleansers can help keep skin clear without triggering a flareup. For make-up wearers, the concept of “less is more” is important to keep in mind as fragrance-free and mineral-based powders can minimize skin irritation.

Finally, home care should always include an emergency plan in the event of flare-up. While there is no magic cream that can immediately treat a rosacea outbreak, keeping ice packs and other skin soothers can help the redness dissipate more quickly and provide cooling relief.

Getting Professional Rosacea Care

For some, a home maintenance routine may not be enough to alleviate the symptoms and discomfort caused by rosacea. Visiting an experienced dermatologist can open the door to a number of more invasive yet more permanent rosacea management treatments.

Like any other dermatological condition, determining the best treatment often requires an in-depth evaluation of your skin, medical history and current rosacea management plan. For individuals who experience mild to moderate flare-ups yet have their condition well managed, a dermatologist may recommend adding a prescription cream and facial wash to help support ongoing efforts.

In more serious instances where patients are experiencing near constant redness, laser rejuvenation procedures such as intense pulsed light therapy, photodynamic therapy, or pulsed dye lasers may be recommended. While these procedures offer a similar end goal – decreasing redness and discoloration from the targeted areas – they each offer a different technique for getting there.

Chemical Peels

The chemical peel exfoliates and removes the uppermost layers of skin so that less blemished or damaged skin emerges. The process also triggers collagen production and skin cell renewal. It’s critical to follow a chemical peel for rosacea with the treatment regimen carefully prescribed by your doctor. Dr. Dononfrio will customize the chemical peel’s intensity to your skin’s sensitivity. The TCA peel is the most intense, and flaking can follow any chemical peel.

IPL PhotoFacial

The IPL photofacial sends high-energy light waves to the pigmentation and blood vessels causing rosacea, destroying them. These are replaced by healthy new skin cells that help create a more even skin tone. As with the chemical peels, Dr. Donofrio customizes your IPL photofacial so that it achieves the best outcome without damaging your skin.

You’ll discuss your options with her at your consultation.

Learn More at Aria Derm Spa of Madison, Connecticut

You shouldn’t have to manage your rosacea alone. In Madison, Dr. Donofrio is a valuable resource in your journey to a healthful life with rosacea. She has treated rosacea patients of all ages, ethnicities, and complications. To explore your treatment options and create a maintenance plan that works for you, call 203-421-6674 today and schedule your consultation. We look forward to meeting you!

Get that Celebrity Glow with Jennifer Aniston’s Top Skincare Secrets

When People Magazine put Jennifer Aniston on the cover as the World’s Most Beautiful Woman in 2016, most didn’t realize she was 48 years old at the time. In picture after picture, her glowing, seemingly uncreased skin never lets her down. 

Of course, Aniston emphasizes all the skin health habits our doctors want us to follow—plenty of rest, fruit-and-veggie diet, constant sunscreen—but she also admits to seeking the high-power interventions dermatologists offer, too. 

The first is Clear and Brilliant laser treatments. “I love Clear and Brilliant laser treatments,” she explains. “It’s a great refresher, and there’s very little downtime.” This “fractional” laser treatment stimulates the skin to grow a healthy new layer. It’s non-ablative, which means it heats up your skin without destroying it, a feature that prompted Aniston to quip, “it won’t make you look like a peeled tomato” to InStyle.  Clear and Brilliant is minimally invasive and works on all skin types for people of all ages. It’s best for those who want to begin to treat wrinkles, discoloration, and uneven skin texture with the most gentle techniques. 

H2 The Sauna Cure

Aniston also thinks the warmth and right light wavelength available in the infrared sauna contributes to her perpetual glow. 

In 2017, she told Shape, “It’s such a game-changer in terms of your skin detoxification and cell rejuvenation. So that I do a couple times a week right after I do the gym. I’ve noticed a real change in my energy, and my sleep, and my skin.”

The infrared sauna’s radiant, penetrating heat stimulates robust blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients to every cell. That sallow complexion that comes with age results in part from insufficient blood supply. The sauna warms your core temperature first, forcing you to sweat from your center to the outside, pushing toxins through your pores. The infrared sauna is so powerful, in fact, those suffering from severe skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis often buy one for home use. 

It’s not just the heat that makes the infrared sauna a health promoter, however. Many studies have confirmed that the infrared band of light boosts collagen production, lowers inflammation and diminishes acne. Short, concentrated wavelengths of natural light, free of UV radiation and chemicals, reduce oxidative stress (toxins) and increase circulation. While most of us cannot afford an infrared sauna in our homes, getting treatments from clinics that offer them can be reasonable. 

 

H2 Sunday is Funday . . . For the Face

Aniston also encourages women to create their own spa at home. “Sunday is my spa day,” she told Shape in 2017, “I usually do a little mini-facial time where I just give myself a good scrub, use a mask,” and leave lotion on overnight. Of course, as the spokesperson for Aveeno, she must promote their products, but there are many effective masks, scrubs, and lotions available. Here at Aria Derm Spa, we recommend the line that will most improve the individual client’s issues. 

Keeping your skin glowing when you balance in-office treatments with pampering, home care. Call Aria Derm Spa at 203-421-6674 or leave us a message via our online form to ask your questions about the best treatments for your skin.

How to Treat Summer Sun’s Skin Damage in the Fall

Memories of summertime vacations aren’t the only thing we carry into fall. The sun’s powerful UVA and UVB rays are most intense during the summer when we’re outdoors enjoying the weather. Even if you’re slathering on sunblock every time you head outside, you can still end up with damaged skin cell by the end of summer. As the weather starts to cool and dry out, these damaged cells can continue to deteriorate and ultimately impact the health and look of your skin. 

To help patients treat skin damage caused by intense summer sunshine, our dermatologist in Madison has curated a list of at-home and professional treatments for total skin rejuvenation.

Start Fresh with Skin Rejuvenation

Sun damage affects the skin in several different ways. Extended exposure to UV rays causes upper layer skin cells to burn.UV damage can also penetrate to deeper layers of your skin, disrupting the cells’ production of important proteins that facilitate skin healing. As damage accumulates over the years, it can cause skin to lose volume and elasticity and accelerate the aging process. 

To interrupt this cycle of summer skin damage, our dermatologist recommends starting the fall season with professional rejuvenation treatments like chemical peels or microdermabrasion. Over the years, these classic skin therapies have helped countless patients kickstart healing skin growth and improve complexion. These procedures remove layers of dead or damaged skin cells and reveal healthy new skin just below the surface. As skin rejuvenation treatments can vary in intensity, these options can be easily personalized to patients with different degrees of skin damage. 

Even Skin Tone and Remove Blemishes with Laser Treatment

Unfortunately, not all sun damage can be easily reversed with a mild chemical peel. Years of accumulated dead skin and discoloration can sometimes require a stronger treatment. In these cases, our experienced dermatologist may recommend laser facial rejuvenation to remove more of the damaged outer layer of skin and stimulate the skin’s natural healing processes. 

Options like Fraxel skin resurfacing and IPL photofacial therapy target wrinkles and hyperpigmentation by targeting specific areas of skin and stimulating collagen production – a key regenerative protein. The resulting collagen development reverses signs of skin damage and leaves patients with a more youthful, radiant appearance.

Evaluate Your Skincare Routine

The transition from summer to fall weather can be especially taxing on skin. As the weather dries out and gets colder, skin damaged by sun exposure during the summer is more susceptible to dehydration and can have difficulty retaining moisture. Regardless of which rejuvenation treatments you are considering,, be sure to add moisturizing products to your daily and nighttime skincare regimen to protect vulnerable skin. 

Great skincare might start at your dermatologist’s office, but it is maintained at home. Updating your skincare routine as the seasons change and after professional treatments can extend treatment results and preserve your skin’s health. 

To learn more about reversing sun damage and protecting your skin, contact Aria DermSpa in Madison today.  You can receive information about your options for treating sun damage and a personalized skincare plan by calling 203-421-6674 and scheduling your consultation.

3 Reasons to Keep Your Chemical Peels to the Shady Fall Season

After a long summer spent outside, resetting facial skin is often a high priority item for our patients. Of the available facial rejuvenation treatment options, chemical peels are among the most popular and widely requested. While it might seem like a great option to pursue between trips or excursions, there’s a few reasons to consider waiting until after summer is over before starting facial rejuvenation with chemical peels. 

More time for uninterrupted treatment 

Not all patients have the same chemical peel experience. Depending on the condition of their skin and long-term objectives, it can take multiple sessions spaced about a month apart in order to reach the desired results. For many, the summer months are jam-packed. Kids are out of school, vacations have been long planned, and spontaneous gatherings or short getaways can quickly fill up a calendar and make it difficult to schedule cosmetic treatments – even minimally invasive ones. Waiting until after Labor Day to plan your first chemical peel can help prevent double booking and ensure you have plenty of time to schedule any necessary follow-up procedures. 

Less sun means better recovery

One of the reasons behind the popularity of chemical peels is how personalized treatment can be. Different blemishes, wrinkles and scars respond best to different types of chemical peels, each of which vary in intensity. The high degree of personalization and variation in intensity can also require different recovery times. Similar to planning for multiple treatment sessions, patients need to be able to recover in peace – a task that can be difficult when you’re running off to your next vacation. 

Regardless of the type of chemical peel you get, post-treatment skin is very sensitive and vulnerable to damage. Successful recovery also requires that patients avoid spending too much time outside in the sun.  Cooling temperatures and rainy weather means patients are more likely to stay inside, making fall the perfect time to undergo chemical peel.  

Great preparation for winter months

While glowing golden skin may be a trademark of summer, your tan may not show the sun damage you’ve been exposed to on sunny days. As the temperature changes and the air loses its moisture, skin begins to dry out, making dead skin cells and fine lines more noticeable. For those of us who are or have started showing signs of aging, this change in skin texture can accentuate the look of getting older. 

Starting the fall with fresh, rejuvenated skin is a great way to keep skin (and you!) looking younger. During the procedure, the dead, dying and damaged skin cells from the upper layers of your skin are removed to reveal healthy new skin below. As your skin heals, blemishes and scarring appear less noticeable, leaving you with great looking skin that’s ready for the winter.

Schedule Your Chemical Peel at Aria DermSpa

Fall might be a few months away, but its never too early to start planning ahead for beautiful skin. At Aria DermSpa, we pride ourselves on helping patients create long-term strategies that protect and enhance their skin’s health and appearance. Discover the benefits of post-summer facial rejuvenation by scheduling your cosmetic chemical peel consultation today!

10 Ways to Revamp Your Skincare Routine For Summer

Great skin year-round starts with a robust at-home skincare regimen. While its good practice to update your routine at the transition between seasons, the switch from spring to summer is an especially important time to refresh your routine. Long days outside in the sun, humid weather and dry heat can all compromise different aspects of your skin. Without proper care, these external factors can accelerate the aging process, leaving you looking older than you really are. 

Luckily, you can protect your skin this summer by including these easy tips into your skincare routine. 

Protect Yourself with SPF

Summer often mean long days spent outside. While this may sound like the perfect summer weekend, extended sun exposure can lead to lasting skin damage, causing the aging process to accelerate. This can also increase a person’s risk of developing skin cancer. To protect your skin and prevent aging, invest and use sunscreen or lotion with an SPF greater than 30. 

Stay Covered

Sunscreen is one step towards preventing skin cancer and sun damage. Another technique to include this summer is to keep skin covered with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. While these may not offer the same coverage as a sunscreen, they’ll certainly protect the more vulnerable parts of your face. Planning on spending a long day at the beach? Keep skin covered with a lightweight skim cover to help reduce the chances of sunburn and lasting sun damage.

Stay Hydrated with Serums and Gels

While the terms may be used interchangeably, there is a difference between staying moisturized and being hydrated. During the winter, there tends to be a focus on moisturizing to keep water locked in cells. Once the weather starts to warm up, skin cells can become dehydrated, causing them to shrivel. This causes fine lines and blemishes to appear more prominently and may accelerate the overall appearance of aging. To prevent this, we recommend switching heavy oils and creams with serums or gels – these are lightweight and can help skin stay clear and well hydrated.

Drink plenty of water

In addition to hydrating skin from the outside, upping your water intake during the summer is another vital step in keeping skin looking its best. Hot weather combined with AC units at full power can quickly dry skin out. Drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fruits and vegetables with high water content can be the perfect solution to staying hydrated.

Don’t Forget the Lips

When it comes to hydration and protection from the sun, the lips are often the most neglected. However, the thin skin of your smile makes this part of the face more susceptible to drying out and becoming dehydrated. Protect your lips by using a lip balm with SPF and reapply regularly.  

Don’t Over Exfoliate

As weather warms, we inevitably sweat more. This can make is especially tempting at the end of each day to deep clean our skin with heavy exfoliants. However, this tempting option can often have the reverse effect on skin, making it create more sebum or oil and increasing the likelihood of outbreaks. To help minimize potential pimples, we recommend keeping exfoliation to at most twice a week

Focus on Your Eyes

Like your lips, the skin around your eyes is thin and vulnerable to sun and environmental factors. A lightweight, antioxidant rich eye cream can help protect skin and keep your eyes looking bright every day.

Stay Dry with Matte, Lightweight Makeup

Heavy foundation can irritate skin on a hot day and melt off, making women feel less than stellar in their appearance. Keep makeup in place and skin comfortable by switching to matte powder or lightweight, tinted moisturizer instead. 

Switch to Cool Showers

After a long day outside, cool showers can feel fantastic. Even better, they can help keep skin clear and minimize excess sweating by helping cool down your body’s internal temperature. 

Get the Pros Involved

In some cases, it’s best to start with a clean slate. Certain professional treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peel can be excellent treatments for refreshing skin before the summer is fully underway.  

Start Your Journey at Aria DermSpa

At Aria DermSpa, we know great skin. Discover the right techniques for your skin type and upgrade your skincare routine by starting with a visit to our specialist, Dr. Lisa Donofrio. Beginning with your first consultation, our experienced dermatologist will guide you through your treatment options and help you craft the right at home routine for you. Get started today by calling (203) 421-6674.

3 Low Downtime Cosmetic Treatments to Get You Back In The Summer Sun Fast

No matter your age, everyone looks forward to the summer season. Beyond planning beach side vacations or family reunions, many patients find the downtime that comes with summer to be the perfect opportunity to finally undergo long-awaited cosmetic treatment. However, few want to spend this precious time off work and gorgeous weather stuck indoors recovering from serious cosmetic surgeries or procedures. Fortunately, there are many low downtime, minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that make it easy to enhance your looks between summer plans.

Looking for Subtle Facial Rejuvenation? Consider Microneedling

Skin rejuvenation procedures are a highly recommended treatment with any change in seasons. However, certain treatments like laser therapy and stronger chemical peels can require that patients avoid the sun for several days following their procedure. Less invasive rejuvenation treatments like microneedling offer men and women a less invasive alternative. 

During this treatment, tiny needles are used to create microtraumas along the surface of your skin. The tiny resulting pinpricks are enough to trigger your body’s natural skin regeneration and collagen production processes. This not only restores skin from the inside out, but gives patients the added benefit of long-lasting results.

Add Volume with Dermal Fillers

Not all patients need facial rejuvenation to enhance their summer glow. For some, dermal fillers offer the perfect facial enhancement without needing any recovery time. Whereas some treatments can make skin sensitive to the sun, dermal fillers are among the few cosmetic treatments that do not react negatively to intense sun exposure – making it the ideal last-minute treatment before your big vacation. 

Thanks to extensive innovation in non-surgical treatments, patients that choose to enhance their looks with dermal fillers can receive extremely personalized care. Many available dermal fillers are designed to address different areas of the face that have lost substantial collagen, ensuring the results are subtle and natural looking. As most dermal fillers last between four to nine months, most patients come in early in the season for treatment and can enjoy their results all summer long.  

Tone Your Beach Body with Non-Surgical Body Contouring

Summer is peak beach season, meaning body sculpting treatments are always in high demand in the weeks leading up to long-planned vacations. While some may turn to liposuction or abdominoplasty to help tighten their figure, non-surgical body contouring treatments like CoolSculpting offer an excellent alternative. This minimally invasive treatment is an especially valuable option for helping patients add definition to their figure before heading to the beach.

 With CoolSculpting, patients can target and literally freeze stubborn pockets of fat, which are then metabolized out of the body naturally. As the treatment uses external applicators to administer treatment, CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical – making downtime virtually non-existent.  Want to tighten skin instead? Be sure to ask your specialist about ThermiTight. This non-invasive procedure used radiofrequency to help trigger your body’s natural collagen production and reduce skin laxity (sagging).

Get off the Sidelines of Summer at Aria DermSpa

Enjoy your summer feeling and looking your absolute best. Explore other low downtime cosmetic treatments at Aria DermSpa by calling our practice and scheduling your visit with Dr. Donofrio. Together, we’ll help you enhance your looks subtly and without having to sacrifice time in recovery. 

How to Prevent Summer Sun Spots

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Sunspots, technically called solar lentigines, are caused when skin is exposed to the sun and show up as flat brown spots that are often mistaken for freckles or moles. Though sunspots can occur any time during the year, they are more common during the summer months due to the increased intensity of the sun and increased outdoor activity for the season. Sunspots can prematurely age the skin, and it’s likely that if you have gotten enough exposure to cause these spots, your skin is also developing other symptoms like wrinkling. Though sunspots are not technically dangerous, they can mimic cancerous lesions, and it can often be difficult to tell the difference between a harmless sunspot and potentially cancerous tissue. So how do you prevent sun spots without completely avoiding the sun this summer?

How Can You Avoid Sun Spots This Summer?

The best way to avoid sunspots is to stay out of the sun during the peak hours of the early to late afternoon. Try to schedule outdoor events for the morning or early evening hours to avoid the strongest rays of the sun. If you do need to spend time outdoors during these times, wear a hat and sunglasses, and consider carrying an umbrella or having some other form of shade. Regardless of the time you go outside, you should wear an SPF of at least 30 every day. Even if the day is cloudy, some UV rays will still come through and can damage your skin. In addition to your face, apply SPF to your neck and other exposed skin on your arms, hands, legs, and shoulders. Though all sun damage is not preventable, you can minimize it by taking these easy steps.

Keeping the skin cool after sun exposure may also reduce melanin activity and prevent some sun spots from forming. If you’ve been out in the sun and your skin feels overheated, apply a cold, wet washcloth, an ice pack, or a cooling mask to bring the temperature down. Not only does this help your skin, but it also feels amazing! You should continue to use your skin care products that contain retinol or AHA acids. Some individuals make the mistake of discontinuing these during the summer months because they make their skin more sensitive to the sun. However, if you are diligent about SPF and limiting your sun exposure, these can be powerful tools in preventing sun spots all season long.

How Can You Treat Sun Spots You Already Have?

It’s likely that you already have some sun spots on your face, neck, and chest. These will get darker each time they are exposed to sunlight. If you want to reduce the appearance of the sunspots you have, Aria DermSpa has some effective options. Skin rejuvenation treatments like chemical peels and microneedling can help trigger the skin’s healing process, stimulate collagen, and remove outer layers of skin that show the most damage from the sun. Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) and laser resurfacing treatments can also help reduce numerous signs of aging including sun spots and reveal younger, more supple skin. When you meet with the knowledgeable staff at Aria DermSpa, you can find out about the numerous treatments available to treat various signs of aging and unveil glowing skin.

Scheduling a Consultation with Aria

Not sure which treatment would be best for you or interested in learning more about what’s available? When you schedule a consultation with the staff at Aria, you can find out more about all that’s available. Many of these treatments can be used on areas of the body other than the face as well. If you have other areas of concern, such as fine lines and wrinkles, excess fat under the chin, or pockets of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise, other treatments may be suggested as well.

Looking forward to the summer months but concerned about what the rays will do your skin? Keep up with SPF and your normal skincare routine during the summer months and try to stay out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day. However, if you do find you have developed sunspots, there are ways to reduce their appearance. Contact Aria DermSpa today for more information!