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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!

Skincare Mistakes That Lead to Sun Damage

From premature aging to skin cancer, we all know that sun damage can wreak havoc on our skin. But did you know that some tried and true skincare habits might be doing your skin more harm than good? If you do any of the following, it might be time to revisit your skincare regimen.

Only lathering up when its sunny outside

Why wear sunscreen when it’s overcast or cloudy outside? UV rays can still reach your skin when skies are grey, causing untold damage when you’re least expecting it. To help protect your skin, wear sunscreen whenever you know you’ll be spending time outdoors. If you’re planning on hitting the slopes or sand, make sure to pack extra sunscreen – these vistas can cause even more sun damage as they reflect the sun’s rays.

While a higher SPF sunscreen is a good start to protecting your skin, it’s not the end all be all to blocking UV rays. Wearing a hat, bringing a lightweight cover-up and sunglasses can not only be fashionable but also highly effective in protecting your entire body. On the parts that aren’t covered, don’t forget to keep applying sunscreen throughout the day!

Don’t forget your lips and neck!

Unlike the skin on your hands and face, the skin on your lips is much thinner and more susceptible to damage. When the weather warms (and throughout the year), be sure to drink plenty of water and invest in a lip balm with sunscreen.

Like your lips, the skin on your neck is more delicate than skin elsewhere on your body and is often overlooked by routine skincare regimens. However, the thinner skin here is also more likely to show the first signs of sagging caused by both aging and sun damage. With that in mind, be sure to pay as much attention to the care you give your neck as you do to the rest of your face. Use a high SPF sunblock and reapply regularly if you’re sweating or swimming. Be

Spending too much time in direct sunlight

After being cooped up all winter, it can be especially tempting to spend every waking moment enjoying the warm weather. However, spending tons of time during the hottest parts of the day won’t quite get you the golden tan you’ve been craving. Sun exposure without the relief of shade or sun protection can leave skin vulnerable to burns and other skin damage. Instead of trying to literally soak up the sun’s rays, time your outdoor excursions before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. – the hottest parts of the day.

Over-exfoliating at night

As the days get hotter, its only natural that we start to get hotter faster. Daily scrubs and exfoliants might seem like the ideal solution for getting rid of daily grime, but when it comes to protecting your skin from sun damage, this can actually be more damaging. Exfoliating more than a few days a week exposes new skin to sun damage, which can accelerate your risk of sunburn and premature aging.

Enjoy the Sunshine Worry-free

At Aria DermSpa, our goal is to help patients enjoy beautiful skin year-round and year after year. With spring just around the corner, be sure to schedule your dermatology appointment with Dr. Donofrio and get your warm weather skin routine ready.

 

How to Gift Cosmetic Dermatology for the Holidays

It’s the season of giving. Not only are we celebrating with family, we’re celebrating family and friends for the joy they bring to our lives every day. Finding the right way to express your appreciation can be challenging. Rather than waste money with a less than personal trinket, gift cosmetic dermatology. This is a gift you know they’ll appreciate and will improve their self-confidence.

Why Cosmetic Dermatology is the Best Gift

The choice to undergo cosmetic dermatology is personal and often underrated. For some, the decision takes a backseat to other expenses or treatments for their loved ones. Giving the gift of cosmetic dermatology is giving your close friends the opportunity to treat and spend precious time on their own health and care.

Top Treatments

If you are choosing to gift cosmetic dermatology to a close friend, chances are you’ve heard of their skin concerns and struggles with finding the perfect solution. Regardless of how well you know the patient, we recommend that the patient receiving the gift selects their gift during a consultation, so that there are no unwelcome surprises. While this may take away the element of surprise, it will ensure they receive the treatment they want and need. Among the most popular gifts at Aria DermSpa are:

BOTOX® and Dysport

Perfect as a proactive treatment or to help stall future deepening of wrinkles, injectables like BOTOX® and Dysport are excellent anti-aging solutions suitable for nearly all patients. As a gift, sessions can be given as one-time treatment or as a bundle of sessions. As injectables provide the most benefits when they are completed over a series of treatment sessions, Dr. Donofrio recommends bundling to provide your loved one with long lasting results that make a difference.

While BOTOX® and Dysport are very similar, there are significant differences that make each treatment ideal for different candidates. When you gift these injectables, our Madison, CT dermatologist will work with the recipient to ensure the correct treatment for their concerns.

Dermal Fillers

From increasing lip volume to restoring sunken cheeks, dermal fillers are an excellent option appreciated by patients of all ages. As a non-invasive cosmetic treatment, dermal fillers are a uniquely valuable gift as sessions are short enough to fit in a lunch break or between errands. Furthermore, the discreet results are perfect for patients who are worried about making drastic changes to their appearance.

As there are a number of different dermal filler options available, treatments can be specifically tailored to each individual’s needs. After gifting dermal filler injections, we’ll work with your loved one to identify which formula will most successfully help them reach their goals.  At Aria DermSpa, patients can choose from Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Belotero.

Rejuvenation Procedures

Skin rejuvenation treatments are also excellent gift options. While many skin rejuvenation treatments are a bit more invasive than other cosmetic dermatology procedures, these advanced options yield long-lasting results that noticeably turn back the hands of time. At Aria DermSpa, our state-of-art practice offers a full suite of treatment options. Some of the most popular rejuvenation procedures our patients choose include:

  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Microneedling
  • PRP Facial Rejuvenation
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

Give the Gift of Self-Care

Nearly everyone appreciates the value of self-care and few have the time to indulge. This year give loved ones the gift of self-love through cosmetic dermatology procedures. To learn more about gifting treatments and selecting the right one for friends and family, call Dr. Donofrio at (203) 421-6674.

 

Unmasking Melasma: What You Need to Know

While the name may sound concerning, melasma is more of an unsightly inconvenience than a serious health concern. Melasma causes greyish brown or brown patches that appear on skin commonly exposed to the sun. Common places where the patches develop include the forehead, cheeks, nose, beneath the eyes, chin, arms, neck, and back. Uniquely, these spots develop in symmetrical pairs – if a spot appears on your right cheekbone, chances are another will follow shortly in the same area of your left cheekbone. Here’s what you need to know about this skin condition, its cause, and how to best treat it.

What Causes Melasma?

So far, there is no definitive cause of melasma – that is to say, being out in the sun will not immediately cause the development of the characteristic patches across your face. However, recent studies by researchers and dermatologists have suggested that certain factors can increase the likelihood of developing melasma. These include sun exposure, genetics, ethnicity, stress, and even thyroid function.

Additionally, it has been noted that hormonal changes and fluctuations are prevailing risk factors for melasma. While the condition can occur in any patient, an estimated 90% of patients with the condition are women. Furthermore, changes to estrogen and progesterone levels like those associated with oral contraceptives, pregnancy, and hormone therapy have been tied to the development of melasma in patients. For this reason, melasma is also called chloasma, or the “mask of pregnancy.”

What is the Difference Between Melasma, Age Spots and Freckles?

Age spots, freckles, and melasma may all seem very similar but can be differentiated from one another rather easily. Each of these blemishes is a form of hyperpigmentation stemming from the over-production of melanin. However, there are significant differences between what triggers the hyperpigmentation associated with each blemish.

In individuals with melasma, the development of patches comes as the result of hormonal changes, genetic predisposition, or sun exposure and are more common among patients with darker skin tones.

In contrast, freckles have a more circular, tan appearance and are more common in patients of lighter skin tones. Melanin production, in the case of freckles, is more so triggered by sun exposure rather than hormones, making it possible for very young children to develop the condition.

On the other hand, age spots are flat and oval-shaped, taking a tan, brown, and even black shade. While they may develop on young adults, age spots are more common among older patients who have had years of sun exposure.

What are My Treatment Options?

While melasma is a purely cosmetic condition, the sudden development of patches can be concerning for many patients. For some, especially pigmented blemishes can be difficult to cover with makeup and can undermine the individual’s self-confidence. Luckily, new techniques and advanced dermatology treatment solutions have made it possible for patients with melasma to overcome their condition and restore smooth, even tone to their skin. Some of the most popular solutions for melasma include:

Topical Treatment

Considered the gold standard in melasma treatment, topical treatment with professional creams is one of the first treatments recommended. Usually, these topical creams are compounds made with hydroquinone, tretinoin, and a corticosteroid to better even skin tone.

Microdermabrasion

For patients who are not candidates for topical treatment, other options exist that are highly effective in treating melasma. Microdermabrasion is another quick, outpatient solution that has long been used to address hyperpigmentation in delicate areas without the use of chemicals or creams. As a result, many melasma patients have found this solution as an excellent solution for not only treating blemishes but also rejuvenating skin into a healthier appearance.

Chemical Peel

Much like microdermabrasion, chemical peels have successfully been used by our Madison dermatologist to address hyperpigmentation across the face. Under this procedure, different chemicals are used to remove the dead and damaged top layers of skin. This stimulates important cell rejuvenation as well as collagen production, helping reset skin health.

Laser Treatment

Fractional laser skin resurfacing has emerged in the last decade as another option for patients looking to clear their appearance of spots as well as fine lines. Under this minimally invasive treatment, the laser operates at specific wavelengths to target hyperpigmentation and other skin flaws within a treatment area, leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed.

Ready to Tackle Your Blemishes? Call our Madison, CT Team Today!

While melasma may be unsightly, there are easily accessible, minimally invasive options for rejuvenating your appearance and restoring your self-confidence. To learn more about this condition and your treatment options, call Aria Dermspa at 203-421-6674 today to schedule your consultation.

 

Keep Your Skin Care Simple with a Chemical Peel

Keeping your skin healthy and glowing can take time beyond just washing, moisturizing and exfoliating at home. As we age, having a regular professional treatment can make a noticeable difference in the appearance and wellbeing of your dermis, ultimately keeping you looking younger. While there are several skin rejuvenation options to choose from, one that we like to recommend is a chemical peel. Designed specifically for your unique skin needs, a chemical peel is a tried and true solution for keeping skin vibrant and healthy year-round.

Why Chemical Peels?

First and foremost, chemical peels are supported by decades of science and success. Every year, new techniques and treatments emerge as the next “world’s best kept anti-aging secret.” While many of these innovations are certainly promising, few have the same clout as chemical peels. Over the years, innovations in the types of chemicals used within the procedure have made it possible to further personalize treatments and maximize results.

Another important advantage of this classic skin care treatment? Chemical peels have been successfully used in treating a myriad of topical skin conditions without needing in-depth treatment. Acne scarring, melasma, sun damage, fine lines and other signs of aging have all been successfully treated with single chemical peel treatments. When completed on a routine schedule, regular chemical peels help keep the signs of aging at bay for patients of all ages.

Furthermore, the benefits of chemical peels appeal to both male and female patients who are interested in rejuvenating their skin. For men already facing the taboo of cosmetic dermatology, chemical peels are an easy upkeep solution that leaves no dramatic changes other than great skin. For younger patients, chemical peels are an excellent method of proactively approaching inevitable aging.

Invest in Your Skin

Don’t have time to return frequently for expensive follow-up sessions? With chemical peels, you don’t have to sacrifice beautiful skin for cost or time. Rather, the treatment effectively addresses fine lines, pigmentation, scarring and more, all without the high costs or return visits. Furthermore, the long-lasting results of a chemical peel make it a worthwhile long-term investment for many individuals looking to simplify their skin care routine.

Chemical Peels and Your Skin Routine

When it comes to integrating regular chemical peels into your schedule, we understand there’s a lot to consider. At Aria Dermspa, all consultations start with meeting Dr. Donofrio one on one to discuss your concerns about the treatment, find the right chemical peel that fits your needs and goals, and create a long-term strategy that maintains healthy, beautiful and even skin tone. As one of the area’s leading dermatology clinics, Aria Dermspa has helped countless patients achieve and maintain their ideal skin long after the initial treatment. By working with you to help create the right follow-up regimen and schedule follow-up peels, our team is here to help you enjoy long-lasting results.

Ready to Schedule Your Next Chemical Peel? Call Us!

At Aria Dermspa of Madison, CT, our goal is simple – provide all patients with the high-quality care they deserve. To learn more about chemical peels or to schedule your appointment, call 203-421-6674 today to get started.

 

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