Temperatures are falling, which means it’s time to reverse summer skin damage. Fall is a great time to undo the summer sun’s damage. Sun damage can age the face and any other part of the body.
The most common issues we see after summer are sunspots, uneven skin tones, acne scarring, and fine lines and wrinkles. All of these can be caused by the sun, which is why it’s so important to wear sunscreen year-round. Even with sunscreen, you can still experience damaging effects from the sun. Here are the best treatments to schedule this Fall to get your skin glowing and looking fresh.
For many people, an IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light treatment is the go-to Fall procedure. This treatment will eliminate dark spots from sun damage, uneven skin tones from sunburns that peeled unevenly, and can treat red capillaries at the skin’s surface. IPL is not a laser. Rather, it is a light treatment that takes the unwanted color out of your skin. Because it takes away the colors in your skin, you’ll want to have this treatment done when your summer tan has faded. This procedure can be performed on the face as well as other parts of the body. People often have their hands, arms, shoulders, and even their back treated with IPL.
Microneedling is a great treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, as well as acne scars. During a micro-needling treatment, a numbing cream is applied. After the treatment area is numb, a handheld device is used to make tiny micro punctures in the skin. While most say it is not painful, there is some slight discomfort. By creating micro-injuries in the skin, we are activating the body’s healing response. During the healing process, platelets are sent to the “injured” area, promoting healing and collagen production. The increase in collagen can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone and texture, and even out acne scars. Regular microneedling treatments greatly improve the texture, tone, and clarity of the skin.
Dermal Fillers and Botox are the fastest, easiest, and most common services provided by professionals in the cosmetic surgery industry. Botox and products like it are the go-to for treating lines and wrinkles in the face. Forehead wrinkles can virtually disappear with a Botox treatment. The procedure is quick (usually it takes less than 20 minutes), has virtually no downtime, and can take years off your face without anyone knowing how you did it. Botox can also be used for fine lines around the lips, as well as those crows’ feet that show up at the outer corner of your eyes when you smile.
When it comes to reversing lost volume in the face and lips and treating deep creases around the mouth, dermal fillers are the answer. As we age, we lose collagen in these areas, and that can cause deep crevices. Dermal fillers are a fast and easy way to plump them back up. Injections usually take less than an hour. The results are immediately apparent. Patients may experience some swelling or bruising, but this is usually mild and resolves in a day or two.
If you are noticing sun damage or signs of aging on your face or other parts of your body, schedule a free consultation with one of our highly trained practitioners at The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery to see the best options are for you.