When it comes to pursuing a laser skincare treatment or other type of resurfacing procedure, certain times of the year are better than others. This is especially true in Texas, where our mild springs and hot summers keep us outside, often wearing light clothing with minimal coverage. Make winter weather work for you by undergoing a skin revitalizing procedure now, so you can be ready for rising temperatures. They’ll be here before you know it!
While we maintain a very busy dermatology practice in Dallas, we have been fortunate to be involved in the early research and development for Fraxel. Since 2011, I’ve authored a number of papers on the safety and efficacy of this exciting technology—and it’s one of my favorite procedures for winter. Fraxel is a fractional laser that targets the skin with tiny pinpoints of laser energy. This helps patients achieve optimal results without a lot of downtime or an extensive healing process. Here at our practice, we use Fraxel to help patients treat concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, pigmentation irregularities, sun damage, and even skin laxity. The treatment can be customized and calibrated to fit each patient’s unique needs.
Peels are often a great “beginner” option for people who are new to clinical skincare. Our peels use a variety of powerful ingredients, depending on the issues you want to treat. Peels are administered here in our office, and, over the next few days, your damaged or discolored skin sloughs away to reveal a radiant complexion. Peels are great for overall complexion enhancement, or for targeting specific issues like acne, wrinkles, and areas of discoloration.
Ever heard of this one? If you’re bothered by spider veins (small purple or red veins that often show up on your legs), you’ll probably want to learn more! This minimally invasive procedure uses strategic injections of a special sclerosing agent to collapse these veins and improve their appearance. Sclerotherapy is perfectly safe and relatively comfortable. If you’re tired of spending our long, hot summers feeling self-conscious about your legs, sclerotherapy might be a good choice to pursue now.
Undergoing treatments in the winter actually has a practical advantage. Often, resurfaced skin needs to be shielded from excessive sun exposure while it heals, and winter is the perfect time for that—you’re likely wearing long sleeves already. If you undergo treatment on your face, the colder temperatures will probably keep you indoors for longer periods of time, making it a lot easier to avoid the sun’s harmful rays. Winter is an ideal time to “tune up” your skin and get it ready for summer—and to undo the damage of past summers.