Considering laser skin resurfacing? Los Angeles’ Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills team of board-certified dermatologists explains that it’s a good idea to schedule laser and light therapies for the cold and cloudy months. The reason for this is simple: Following a laser treatment, your skin will be more sensitive to sunlight. The fall and winter months are less stressful on the skin. UV radiation is not as intense during this season, days are shorter, and you’ll be spending more of your time bundled up indoors.
Specifically, your skin is more susceptible to burning and hyperpigmentation due to sun exposure after undergoing light and laser treatments. As it can take several months for your skin to fully heal after a treatment, it makes sense to plan ahead for the winter to give yourself time to heal.
That said, if you want to prolong the results for as long as possible after a session, sun protection is a must—even after the initial recovery period, and even on overcast days.
Laser skin resurfacing is a type of non-surgical cosmetic procedure that involves using laser energy to reduce tone and texture irregularities. It is good for reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, sun damage, sagging skin, and age spots. There are a number of laser and light devices available, most of which can be customized to address specific skin types and cosmetic concerns.
Some of the available options include Fraxel®, intense pulsed light (IPL), and CO2 laser resurfacing.
In a Fraxel® procedure, microscopic, pixelated energy columns target the deeper levels of skin, thereby creating tiny micro-injuries that leave the surrounding areas of skin untouched. This triggers healing that promotes skin cell turnover and collagen production.
IPL is a form of light therapy that emits multiple, scattered wavelengths of broadband light. Unwanted pigmented cells are heated and vaporized.
CO2 laser resurfacing is an ablative type of laser treatment (one that removes the top layers of skin) that can produce dramatic results for deep wrinkles, scars, and more.
One of our board-certified dermatologists can help you select the best option for your needs.
Ready to get started with laser skin resurfacing or other laser and light therapies in Los Angeles? The Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills team is here to guide you t. For more details, call 310-246-0495 or reach out via a contact form.Written by Dr. Derek Jones
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.