Did you know that there are certain procedures that become unbelievably popular once the fall season rolls around? Surprisingly, the recovery processes of different procedures can actually determine which ones get more popular during certain parts of the year. For one thing, sun exposure can actually have a drastic effect on scarring and the results of skin resurfacing procedures. Let’s look at a list of procedures that increase in popularity once fall rolls around.
Chemical Peels are the standard for spa day skin rejuvenation. Chemical peels come in many different formulas and strengths, but they all have one basic function: to blister and peel the outer layers of skin in order to reveal newer, fresher skin underneath. Are you ready to get rid of sun-damaged, dry, wrinkled skin? Pick from our spectrum of chemical peels. For lighter to medium depth peeling with minimal downtime, we offer the ViPeel or a TCA peel. We can help you decide which is best for you. Often these peels will need to be repeated on a regular basis for a few months to see optimal results. For more advanced wrinkles or sun damage, Dr. Velargo offers the phenol peel, which is the deepest form of chemical peeling offered. You will need to consult with him if you are considering this option. Either way, you might as well go ahead and wait until the summer sun is long gone to get a chemical peel.
Microneedling with PRP
By creating a controlled injury and thousands of micro-perforations in the skin’s dermis, microneedling utilizes the body’s own natural healing response to increase your skin’s collagen matrix resulting in firmer, tighter skin and a reduction in pores, fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, it’s a great treatment for acne scars and stretch marks. Drs. Hendrick and Velargo utilize a revolutionary adjunct to microneedling, which is combining this therapy with your own blood product, platelet rich plasma (PRP). Growth factors in the platelets from your blood stimulate a stem cell response, which repairs and regenerates damaged skin, improves the appearance of scars, and slows & reverses the signs of aging. Downtime is minimal. Since you will need a few sessions spaced over a few months to see maximum results, it might be best to have this done in the fall or winter when the sun and heat aren’t a factor.
Have you ever seen anyone take sandpaper to smooth down a wooden table, or wax a floor using a buffer? It’s kind of the same idea. With dermabrasion, a device will be used to resurface and smooth out irregular and uneven surfaces on the outer layers of skin, like wrinkles, scars, rhinophyma, or acne scars. Afterwards, your newer skin will regrow smoother and evenly toned. Because recovery involves taking care of somewhat wounded skin, it’s important that you stay out of the sun to make sure your new skin doesn’t darken.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing uses laser technology to:
1) Stimulate collagen under the skin to promote healthy growth of cells and
2) Resurface the outer layers of skin to remove imperfections like wrinkles, sun damage, hyper-pigmentation and more.
Laser skin treatments actually tend to work better on fairer skin, so it might be best for you to wait for a time when there’s less sun and your tan has faded. Afterwards, you might feel like you have a light sunburn, so get it while skies are nice and overcast.
Acne Scar Treatment
There are way better acne scar treatments than those face washes with the little beads inside. To really get rid of super deep acne scars, surgical excision is an option. Other options include deep chemical peels, dermabrasion, microneedling with PRP, and CO2 lasers. There’s very little risk that these procedures can leave worsened scarring, unless of course you manage to get excessive sun exposure—which will darken your scars and make them super visible.
Now that summer’s over, you can recover from all the damage you’ve accumulated from having fun in the sun. Don’t forget, other people have the same exact idea, and they’ll be rushing to book these procedures. So contact the New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery now, for a consultation so you can book any of these procedures in time for fall.