Fall Favorites…tis the season to start aesthetic treatments.

Now that Summer vacations are over and the kids are thankfully back in school, you might be finding yourself ready to hit the “reset & refresh button” therefore it is time to explore what skin care treatments are ideal to undergo in the Fall and Winter months.

The best news is that Fall is the idea season to start many aesthetic procedures because the sun’s UV rays are not as strong as they are during the Summer months. Also, it is much easier to cover up treatment areas with scarves, long sleeves and hats for added protection and to aid in camouflaging treatment areas.

While many non-surgical treatments require little to no downtime, it is often times beneficial to avoid direct sunlight following aesthetic treatments since skin may be photosensitive immediately following the procedure.  Avoiding strong sun rays also helps to minimize the risk for hyperpigmentation or brown spots following your treatment.

Starting treatments in the Fall will also help you get a step ahead with prepping your skin for the holiday season and the new year.

Here are some of the best treatments to start this autumn in order to obtain youthful appearing, radiant and glowing skin just in time for the holiday season.

IPL or PhotoFacial (Intensed Pulsed Light Treatment):

 If you have lost your youthful glow, notice brown spots on your skin or suffer from rosacea, then IPL may be the treatment for you. This procedure delivers pulses of light to help decrease redness, remove sun spots, address fine lines, reduce pore size and improve overall tone and texture of your skin. IPL treatments can be performed on the face, neck, chest, arms, legs, back and hands.

This non-invasive laser treatment will not damage the surface of the skin and there is very little to no downtime involved. (Some people develop “coffee grounds” on the surface of their skin post treatment due to the laser zapping sun damage. These “coffee grounds” (small brown/black flecks) will flake off over a period of a few days to reveal clearer, brighter skin.)

IPL treatments are done in a series and typically are performed every  2-4 weeks with 4-8 treatments necessary to attain ideal results.

Chemical Peels:

Because the chemicals used in these treatments can make the skin especially sensitive to the sun along with  an increased risk of sunburn post peel, Fall is an excellent time to undergo this treatment.

Chemical peels work exactly how they sound by peeling or flaking off of the outermost layer of the skin to encourage cellular turnover and reveal new, brighter, healthier, younger appearing skin. (Out with the old and in with the new!)

Chemical peels are used to even out skin tone, diminish brown spots, reduce acne scars, erase fine lines and resurface the skin to reveal a healthy glow.

Chemical peels can be done as a stand alone treatment, in a series or combined with other aesthetics procedures.

Laser Hair Removal:

Timing of laser hair removal treatments is essential and it is best to begin sessions when you can commit to regular treatments.  Fall is an ideal time to start these treatments because they require you to skip out on tanning or sun exposure while being treated.

Laser hair removal can be performed virtually anywhere on the body where there is unwanted hair growth and can result in permanent hair reduction.  Keep in mind that permanent hair reduction does not mean a 100% reduction of hair for life, but rather a 50-95% permanent reduction. New hairs can pop up over time but in most cases the new hair growth is thinner, finer, lighter and easier to manage with touch up treatments.

Laser hair removal works by emitting a concentrated laser beam of light and heat aimed at the targeted hair and hair follicle. This energy is absorbed into the hair follicle thus damaging the follicle enough to retard future growth.

In order for laser hair removal to be effective it has to be performed in a series of treatments. This is due to the hair growth cycles. There are three stages of hair growth; Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen and basically at any given time a percentage of hair is in each one of these phases.  Which means some hairs are actively growing and some hairs are either falling out (shedding) or in the process of falling out. The laser can only effectively target hairs in the active (Anagen) growth phase. Most hair growth cycles range between 4-8 weeks depending on the area of the body.

This is why a series of treatments spaced out between 4-8 weeks is needed in order for laser hair removal to be most effective.  A person can expect an average of a 20-30% reduction in hair after each session.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these or other aesthetic treatments for Fall, book a free consultation with me or any of our other providers at Premier Wellness Center right here in 85086.