Why Winter is Often Ideal for Laser Skin Treatments, Part 1
As with many kinds of facial skin treatments or others involving commonly-seen areas of the body, it’s common for those receiving laser skin treatments to inquire about any possible side effects in advance. Some laser treatments come with little to no side effects, while others may have minor downtime recommendations due to understandable impacts like redness, skin sensitivity or other moderate impacts.
At the medical spa offices of Steven Jepson MD, we’re happy to explain any and all minor side effects associated with our laser treatments, from our Active FX Fractioned Laser to our laser tattoo removal services. And while our various laser services differ in several ways, many of them share enough qualities that we can offer some broad recommendations for those concerned about side effects and whether they’ll need some social downtime after a treatment. In this two-part blog series, we’ll look into why many patients choose the winter or cooler parts of the year for these treatments, and why this choice might be beneficial for you when it comes to managing side effects and downtime.
Fewer Social Engagements
Following some of our laser treatments, including facial rejuvenation from our fractioned laser, you will usually be told to expect some significant redness in the treated area for some period of time, maybe a few days and maybe up to a week or 10 days. Social downtime may be recommended as well, depending on the treatment you choose and how your skin responds.
In such cases, we may also recommend avoiding wearing makeup during the days following your treatment. For those who would feel self-conscious about social engagements during this time, the winter is a great period to consider it in large part because people tend to do less socially this time of year. It’s more common for folks to stay in, and there’s always a handy “sickness” excuse if you need it.
Another quality of the winter period is how much easier it is to avoid sun exposure, which will often be a primary recommendation given to you following a laser treatment. This begins with there simple being less sun in the sky – winter days are shorter than those in the summer.
In addition, as we noted, it’s generally easier to find ways to stay inside during the winter. This makes it much easier to avoid the sun, which can lead to inflammation, burning, discoloration, scarring and other side effects on recently treated, extra-sensitive skin if you do not protect it. If you must spend any prolonged time in the sun following such an appointment, we highly recommend wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
For more on why winter is often a great time of year for various laser skin treatments, or to learn about any of our Botox services or other med spa solutions, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.