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Your Holiday Glow

The holiday season is quickly approaching. Most of us want to look refreshed and radiant but become overwhelmed by the many skincare regimens and treatment options. We have asked Dr. Anetta Reszko, a member of our Medical Advisory Board to give us the advice we need.

Dr. Pat

 

“Glowing” skin is on everyone’s wish list for fall and winter. As  summer tans fade, patients often ask how they can get their natural, healthy “glow” back. It is important to nourish, hydrate, and protect your skin for a radiant complexion that will last you throughout the winter. As always, a strong sun protection cream, an antioxidant, and a good moisturizer are important. In addition there are other treatments that you can consider to help your complexion be supple, smooth, and flawless throughout the winter.

Laser Resurfacing: There are so many options, how do I choose?

Ablative (CO2, Erb:YAG) vs. non-ablative lasers (Clear & Brilliant®, Fraxel): Non- ablative lasers leave the surface of the skin intact and unharmed, targeting the deeper layers of your skin. Contrastingly, ablative lasers (CO2, Erb:YAG) create micro injuries to the surface of the skin, targeting both the surface and deeper layers. This results in more dramatic effects and require more down-time, however, the effects may be achieved in as little as one treatment, when compared to non-ablative lasers. Ablative laser treatments may be a good option for individuals who have more down-time  and want to target deeper wrinkles, skin discoloration or deep acne scars.

Non-ablative lasers do not require much downtime and are more effective at targeting superficial sun spots and minor wrinkles. However, because these lasers are not as powerful, multiple treatment options may be necessary.

Clear + Brilliant TM

Clear + Brilliant® is a unique skincare treatment that uses safe, fractional laser technology that may address early signs of aging skin such as texture and tone, pore size, fine lines, skin discolorations, and loss of radiance. It is also a great treatment for inflammatory conditions of the skin such as acne and rosacea. There is no downtime required with this laser, with only mild-to-moderate redness that generally lasts less than 24 hours. A few days after the treatment, your skin will start to feel softer, look brighter, and have more even tone. With each successive treatment, the results become more noticeable. Results can last for months depending on your skin’s condition and skin protection regimen.

Fraxel

Fractional resurfacing means that instead of the entire skin being remodeled and resurfaced with each treatment, a percentage, or a fraction, of the skin is resurfaced. Fractional treatment results in a quick healing process with few possible complications. Fraxel allows for the treatment of overall skin texture irregularities, pore size, pigmentary irregularities, acne scarring, surgical and traumatic scars, photodamage, melasma, skin rejuvenation and moderate wrinkles.

CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) Laser

The use of the CO2 laser is one of the most comprehensive ways to reduce signs of aging and/or sun damage as it can achieve multiple goals at once, including the removal of brown spots, deep wrinkles, and irregular texture. This treatment also tones and tightens the skin.  Please note that this laser does require some down time and you should plan for about one week for visible healing.

The fall and winter seasons are perfect times of the year to consider laser treatments. I advise my patients to incorporate a laser treatment in the fall/winter. During this time of the year, the sun is less intense and we tend to spend more time indoors. It is important to determine which laser is right for you based on your personal goals and relative downtime. It is always best to speak with a dermatologist who can help guide you in determining which options may be best to achieve your desired outcome, realistically.

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