Posted October 28, 2022 in Blog
Summer comes with pool parties, beachside cookouts, and lots of rosé all day. Nevertheless, all that time spent outdoors equates to more-than-normal amounts of sun exposure and environmental damage. Just because your skin endured its share of summer elements doesn’t mean you have to live with them. Fall and winter (also known as skin laser season) are the perfect times of year to undo any lingering damage and get your skin back on track with our top 3 laser treatments for fall and winter!
Once the temperatures dip and the weather begins to cool down, most of us start spending more time indoors. This means the skin is better protected from the sun, making it the ideal time of year to undergo laser treatments and skin resurfacing procedures. Plus, any laser treatments done off the face are more likely to be covered with clothing and unlikely to soak up the sun’s damaging rays.
Lasers that vaporize the outermost layers of skin require total sun avoidance. These stronger lasers (also known as ablative lasers) often come with downtime that requires healing without any sun exposure. Even less ablative lasers still mandate treatment when there is less sun exposure to the skin. Exposing freshly lasered skin to UV light emitted by the sun can delay the healing process and hinder the results, causing hyperpigmentation and potential scarring. Using excellent medical-grade skincare products and daily use of sunscreen is critical to healing correctly and maintaining the results. The more shade you can offer your skin, the easier the recovery and the better the results.
These are our top picks for the best lasers for the fall and winter for glowy, even, gorgeous skin.
AcuPulse CO2 laser
What it is: A state-of-the-art ablative laser
What it’s used for: Scars and acne scars, signs of aging, skin texture, tone and laxity, stretch marks, and wrinkles.
How it works: This complete ablative laser resurfacing workstation (it tackles many skin, aesthetic, and wellness issues) delivers a dose of skin-revitalizing energy faster and deeper than other CO2 lasers. Because of the swiftness of the energy, the AcuPulse CO2 laser also comes with less downtime and better results. There is nothing this powerhouse laser cannot tackle—even stubborn pigment and deep wrinkles—which is why it is considered the gold standard for skin rejuvenation and collagen stimulation.
What it is: A high-powered laser with four different wavelengths
What it’s used for: Removing tattoos and improving pigmentation, including melasma, birthmarks, seborrheic keratoses, and lentigines (liver spots) on all skin
How it works: Each pulse is delivered in either nanoseconds or picoseconds, depending on what is being treated. For example, tattoo pigments respond to the nanosecond pulse wave, which breaks down larger pigment particles; the picosecond pulse waves are smaller and target smaller pigment particles. Unlike other lasers that rely on heat as energy sources, the PiQo4 laser uses pico and nanotechnologies, so it is safe for all skin types.
Laser Hair Removal
What it is: A light or laser-based device that stops hair growth in areas where you want to be free of pesky hairs
What it’s used for: Riding the body and face of unwanted hair.
How it works: Laser hair removal remains the most popular and effective way to eliminate unwanted hair. This quick treatment uses light or laser energy to stunt the hair’s growth process, which leaves the skin smoother and with less fuzz. Thanks to new technological breakthroughs, laser hair removal is now safe to use on a wide array of skin tones (in the past, it was only safe for lighter skin with dark hair). The energy source deposits a wavelength of light that the melanin in the hair absorbs to destroy the hair without damaging the surrounding skin or tissue.