With shorter days, cooler weather, and fewer engagements on our social calendars, many of us are less diligent about taking care of our skin during the winter. It can be tempting to let aspects of your typical skin care regimen slip a little bit in these months when all you want to do is imitate a bear and hibernate. But you shouldn’t neglect to take good care of your skin year-round – and, in fact, you can even ramp up your skin care routine in the winter to achieve a healthy glow by spring.
Here are our top five favorite minimally invasive, in-office treatments you should consider as winter approaches.
Looking for a quick fix for sun damage, superficial wrinkles, scarring, and other common flaws? Microdermabrasion is a painless treatment that uses a wand-shaped tool to direct a stream of tiny particles across your face. These micro-crystals gently exfoliate the top layer of skin, leaving behind a brighter, healthier complexion. Microdermabrasion is effective as a stand-alone treatment, as well as in combination with other skin procedures, such as laser skin resurfacing.
2. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are another excellent way to revitalize your look by removing dull, dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. There are three types of chemical peels, ranging from mild to strong, and we can determine the level of peel depending on the extent of your damaged skin and the issues you want to resolve.
3. Laser Treatments
Want to hear a top beauty secret? Winter is the best time of year to get laser skin care. That’s because laser-treated skin is more sensitive to UVA and UVB rays, so it’s vital to avoid sun exposure as much as possible after getting laser treatments such as intense pulsed light, Clear + Brilliant®, or Fraxel®. The shorter winter days give you less time to do outdoor activities, which is ideal for people who are recovering from laser treatments because you will not be subjecting your skin to further sun damage that can reduce the effectiveness of your procedure.
Depending on the type of laser treatment you choose, you may require a few days of downtime, which can also be a perfect excuse to take a long winter’s nap. Many people’s schedules slow down in the winter, so you can enjoy your brief recovery time with less stress or worry that you are missing out on important activities.
4. Dermal Fillers
Injectable dermal fillers have made a splash with everyone from movie stars to marketers, and it’s easy to understand their appeal. They provide nearly instantaneous volume and lift to areas of the face that are experiencing age-related contour loss, as well as the ability to erase moderate to severe wrinkles around the mouth and mid-face area. Though the results of these fillers are not permanent, they are long-lasting, and our patients love that they can get their treatment on their lunch break and return to work immediately afterward, with no disruptions in their busy lifestyle.
Many patients who want to look younger without surgery have discovered the benefits of injectable treatments such as Botox® and Dysport® – two neuromodulators made with a purified version of the botulinum toxin. These two options work by creating temporary paralysis in the muscles around the eyes, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead, which smooths out existing wrinkles and helps prevent you from making the repetitive frowning or squinting motions that cause new wrinkles to form.
Another injectable that has taken the field of aesthetic medicine by storm is Kybella®, a revolutionary product that can eliminate a double chin and greatly improve the look of the neckline and jaw area over the course of a few treatment sessions. The main ingredient in Kybella® is deoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally in your body to help break down fat cells. With Kybella®, you can say goodbye to your frustrating double chin and hello to improved self-confidence!
Book a Consultation at Dermatology Medical Group
If you’re considering getting one or more of these effective in-office treatments this winter, contact Dermatology Medical Group of San Francisco to set up an in-person consultation with one of our physicians. We can use our expertise to help you determine which treatment or combination of treatments is right for you, based on what issues concern you most. Get started today!