Why It’s Best to Get Laser Work Done During Winter

While other aesthetic procedures and topical products can enhance your skin appearance, there’s no replacement for laser and light treatments when it comes to addressing more pronounced skin texture and tone issues. These therapies clear up and even out your skin in a way you can’t get out of a bottle. Fractional laser treatments are one of the most popular options for skin rejuvenation because they deliver tiny columns of heat to the skin that encourage collagen growth and speed up cell turnover. The fractional laser resurfacing treatments with Pixel® from our Philadelphia-area team give you smoother, clearer, and more youthful skin. If you have been thinking of having laser resurfacing to give your skin a complete makeover, we advise trying it out during the winter months, for a variety of reasons:

Lasers Need Time to Work

Although you’ll notice some improvement to your skin just after a laser resurfacing treatment, results are progressive, and patients can expect the optimal appearance to develop around two to three months later. During this time, the skin is able to fully heal while new collagen and elastin are produced to improve the structure.

The gradual improvements look more natural and subtle rather than making it obvious that you’ve had “work done.” With that said, if you’re hoping to be able to flaunt your new, glowing skin by spring, it’s better to start early. You may also need to have several treatment sessions to get your desired results.

More Time to Recover

Patents usually need a few days off to recover because their skin will be sensitive and red after a laser treatment. The long weekends and time off during the holidays give you more opportunities to heal at home.

Colder Weather Is Ideal for Lasers

After a laser treatment, your skin is very sensitive to heat and especially prone to developing hyperpigmentation and irritations. Try to limit your sun exposure as much as possible. We spend more time covered up in bulky clothes indoors during winter, and the sun’s rays aren’t as strong, so you can take advantage of this and treat yourself to a rejuvenating laser treatment.

Read to try out Pixel®? Dr. Timothy Greco and the rest of the team can get you started. Talk to us about the procedure by calling (610) 664-8830, or submit a contact form to see us for an appointment.

Fall Skincare Tips: 4 Aesthetic Treatments to Rejuvenate Damaged Skin

Sometimes your skin simply looks dull and lackluster when the seasons change. As the year transitions from summer to fall, you may be in need of a complete refresher. Along with the changes in temperature and humidity that can cause your skin to dry out, our patients are often bothered by actinic (sun) damage sustained from spending time outdoors during the warmer months. Common cosmetic problems include wrinkles, fine lines, sunspots, hyperpigmentation and rough patches. At-home skin care routines might not be sufficient enough to address these concerns. Aesthetic treatments such as laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, microneedling, and HydraFacial®, which our Philadelphia area office offers, will all help to breathe new life into the skin while giving it a more polished and even appearance to your skin in time for the holidays. The options listed below do not require much down time either.

1. Laser Skin Resurfacing

Although you can schedule laser treatments for any month of the year, patients and physicians alike usually refer to the autumn and winter months as “laser season,” because it’s much more convenient to receive light ablative services done when the weather is cooler and the sun is less intense.

When you’re taking shelter indoors more often and wearing heavier layers of clothing against the cold and wet, there’s less of a chance of permanent pigment changes due to sun exposure and damage after laser treatments, such as Pixel® for stimulating new collagen production and improving acne scars, enlarged pores, age spots, wrinkles, and uneven tone and texture.

2. Chemical Peels

The skin’s surface is covered with pores, which are often blocked by debris and dead skin cells that make it difficult for topical products to penetrate and work effectively. With a chemical peel, a solution is applied to the outer, damaged layer of skin, which causes the dead later to gradually peel away revealing a youthful glow to your skin and allowing more effective use of your home skincare regimen.  

3. Microneedling

Microneedling is a treatment uses tiny pinpricks to stimulate collagen production in the skin, with each small “wound” triggering the skin’s organic healing process. Eventually, new, healthier skin is revealed at the surface so acne scars and wrinkles are less prominent.

4. HydraFacial®

HydraFacial® deeply cleanses the skin and is suitable for most skin types. This three-step procedure involves exfoliating, extracting impurities, and nourishing the skin with serums.

Get more info on these options, including HydraFacial®, available from Dr. Timothy Greco’s practice. Want to learn more about the treatments that can help you to restore a more radiant complexion? Call us at (610) 664-8830 to talk about your plans or submit a contact form.

5 Major Benefits of Laser Skin Rejuvenation

If you want youthful-looking skin, there are various resurfacing options that can help you achieve that appearance. Laser skin resurfacing is often the treatment of choice for patients with irregularities such as wrinkles, fine lines, uneven tone, and mild laxity. Dr. Timothy M. Greco’s practice provides a range of skin resurfacing treatments, including laser skin rejuvenation, to complement plastic surgery for the Bryn Mawr area. Here are five reasons why we think you should consider laser options—with or without surgery:

1. Lasers Treat a Variety of Skin Types

The best laser for you depends on your specific concerns and the condition of your skin. Our practice offers ablative laser skin resurfacing, fractional CO2 laser treatments, and Vbeam® pulsed dye laser treatments, as well as IPL treatments, which are not lasers, but make use of intense pulsed light to clear redness and spots. Ablative treatments, which remove a layer of skin, are better for more severe sun damaged skin and for patients who are hoping for more dramatic improvements. Non-ablative treatments are gentler, provide more subtle, gradual results, and require less recovery time.

2. Lasers Can Promote Creation of New Skin

Some laser treatments, such as ablative and fractional CO2, revitalize the skin from the inside out by kickstarting the production of new skin cells and collagen to repair and remodel its structure. They do this by using energy to cause a controlled injury and trigger the skin’s natural healing processes.

3. Lasers Can Fade Visible Scars

Due to their ability to form new, healthy skin and slough away damaged outer layers, laser treatments are an effective way to reduce the visibility of deep or raised scars on the face caused by injury, surgery, or acne. The new skin that forms in the place of the scar will feel smoother and appear more even. The treatment may also make scars less painful or itchy.

4. Lasers Reduce Vascular Lesions

Some lasers are designed to treat diffuse redness or red blotches on the skin from vascular lesions such as rosacea, spider veins, cherry angiomas, port wine stains, and bruises. A pulsed dye laser (PDL) will target the hemoglobin that gives blood its red color. This causes redness to fade and visible vessels to collapse, while leaving the surrounding skin and tissues intact.

5. Lasers Tighten Sagging Facial Skin

Laser skin rejuvenation helps to reverse the effects of aging by improving skin laxity. The heat energy from a treatment causes existing collagen to coagulate and contract, as well as prompts the creation of new collagen to provide structure for improved tone.

For more information on laser skin rejuvenation, reach out to Dr. Timothy M. Greco’s Bryn Mawr-area practice. To schedule a consultation in the Philadelphia area, call (610) 664-8830, or request a consultation online.