Winter is the perfect time to take care of your skin and invest in treatments that will prepare you for the warm weather. Without humid summer days adding some glow to your skin, it can look and feel dry. Now is a great time to proactively look forward to the warm months returning and schedule your treatments. Since we generally tend to spend less time outdoors in the winter, laser treatments are perfect. Laser treatments require that you have less exposure to the sun before and after your treatments to avoid UV damage to sensitive skin. Let’s look at some treatments that should be on your radar to start in the next few weeks to pamper your skin with a winter pick me up.
In the case of laser hair removal procedures, start your protocol in the winter. This is because the light of the laser zeroes in on the pigment that is found in your hair follicle. If the weather is warm and your skin is getting tan, the amount of melanin in your skin increases, which will cause the laser to be unable to tell the difference between hair and skin, rendering the procedure less effective. It is also advised you avoid tanning around laser treatments as it can cause discoloration. By using Nordlys technology, hair removal on the face, armpits, legs and bikini line is fast and virtually pain-free. It is safe since the light that the system uses is regulated to ensure that the right amount of energy is sent out to eliminate the hair follicle. Every patient is different, but typically 4-6 treatments will produce results that can last 10 year after the procedure.
Laser skin resurfacing is also beneficial to schedule during the winter months to give yourself the gift of rejuvenated skin. Using the Nordlys Ellipse laser resurfacing system, we suggest the Frax 1940 for clients who would like to improve their skin’s texture, as the laser beam addresses the shallow, epidermal layer of skin. The Frax 1550 laser beam is ideal for going into the deeper layers of skin to smooth out mild to moderate wrinkles as well as fine lines. Since both are non-ablative lasers, the surface of the skin is never broken, making the healing process fast and painless. Used on the face, hands, chest and arms, the heat of the laser resurfacing system also stimulates the production of collagen, which helps to tighten the skin over time.
Address the sun damage from those summer days outdoors with a photofacial. To address sun damage, age spots and even Rosacea, a photofacial treatment uses pulses of light into the superficial layer of the skin. The light is absorbed by melanin in the pigment in the epidermis and converted into heat which eliminates the cells where melanin is stored. Photofacials are safe as only the targeted issues are impacted. If you’re dealing with acne breakouts, photofacial can reduce the appearance of acne by treating the bacteria in your skin.
Learn how laser treatments can help improve your skin this winter. Call 646.362.5245 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Levine to make your skin glow now and positively shine when the weather turns warm!