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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.

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 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.