Plan For Anti-Aging Procedures Now To Look Great By Summer
If you’re planning a summer adventure and are considering an anti-aging, non-surgical procedure in preparation for carefree summer fun, get your calendar out before making those island resort reservations. While some treatments, like fillers, will have you partying almost immediately, others could have you avoiding sun exposure for up to six months. Plus, winter is a great time for exfoliation procedures, since it’s generally easier to avoid damaging rays.
Breeze through summer looking refreshed with less noticeable facial fine lines and discoloration with this easy treatment. But plan ahead! Even though recovery time from microdermabrasion is brief, more than one session may be needed.
Microdermabrasion is used to treat superficial skin problems such as fine lines, dull skin, superficial brown spots, mild acne scars, and sun-damage. Microdermabrasion manually removes dead skin cells from the epidermis, the most superficial layer of the skin. The process uses a wand (‘buffing’ device) or crystals (‘sandblasting’ device) combined with suction to gently remove the top layer of dead skin cells. Microdermabrasion encourages more rapid skin turnover, smoother skin, and improve ingredient penetration.
Microdermabrasion is known for its minimal side effects and short recovery time says the smartbeautyguide.com. While many observe improvements after only two treatments, the number of treatments recommended for maximum results can range from five to 12, spaced two to four weeks apart. During your consultation, the number of procedures needed for your skin will be determined, so you can plan accordingly for a summer-ready look.
Chemical peels are available in light, medium and deep intensities. Depending on your physician’s recommendation and your choice of peels, you could be your summer-best in a couple of weeks or postponing that cruise for up to six months.
Light, medium and deep chemical peels are used to peel away the skin’s top layer or layers to improve sun-damaged, unevenly pigmented and wrinkled skin. Many types of acids are used, most commonly glycolic, salicylic and lactic. In addition to peeling away the top lay of skin, the acids in a chemical peel penetrate deep to stimulate collagen and elastin production to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Before getting a chemical peel, some patients need to follow a pre-peel skin care plan for two-to-four weeks. So be sure to plan this time into your summer-prep schedule.
Healing from a light peel takes one to seven days, but three-to-five peels, repeated every two-to- five weeks, may be necessary for desired results. Recovery time from a medium peel is approximately seven to 14 days and total sun avoidance is necessary until the skin is healed. If you opt for a deep peel, you may need to avoid sun exposure for three to six months.
In What To Expect After A Chemical Peel, the American Academy of Dermatology provides a side-by-side comparison of the various peels including healing time, at-home care, when you can wear makeup and necessary follow-up visits.
Be as spontaneous as you want all summer long when you choose fillers. There is no downtime with fillers, although you may have some minor bruising at the injection sites for about a week. But that can be easily covered with makeup.
Injectable fillers such as Juvederm® and Restylane® are used to fill in wrinkles, add volume and alter the contours of the face. Common areas to inject fillers are in the lines or wrinkles around the mouth including ventriloquist lines and nasolabial folds. Fillers also are used to enhance volume in such areas as the cheeks, jaw line or lips. Additionally fillers can be used in the neck and hands.
The best part – as explained in Beauty Wingman’s Injectable Wrinkle Fillers – What Is Right For You? – fillers can give you a more youthful look with results that can last from four months to more than a year. So, you can start now and the results should carry you through your care-free summer – and you still have time to go back for more if needed. Our own Dr. Goesel Anson, herself an Expert Injector, often suggests filler treatment be divided into two sessions, a few weeks apart. While you’re on the Wingman site, check out how fillers have been rumored to help such natural beauties as Jennifer Aniston and Virginia Madsen.
Summer officially begins on Sunday, June 21, 2015. What’s on your calendar?