Despite laser treatments being available throughout the year, there are optimal times to have the procedure done seasonally. Fall is the best time to book your Lumecca treatment in Toronto. There are numerous reasons to do so, the most important one being that it improves the overall health of your skin.
In this blog, we will be discussing why fall is the best time for laser treatments, the benefits they offer, and the different procedures you should consider this season. To learn more, keep reading ahead.
What does laser season mean?
Laser season references the fall and winter when most companies suggest getting procedures to treat hyperpigmentation or for hair removal. While most people may prolong receiving the treatment until the New Year, there is a benefit to booking in the fall.
How do fall treatments benefit me?
Fall is the best time to have laser treatments because of their three benefits to the skin. These advantages aren’t always something we consider regarding laser treatment and sometimes, they appear counterintuitive. However, the wait is worth it when you think about the results.
The best results take time
While some treatments are done once, most are completed within a series of procedures. The best laser treatment results occur when done over six sessions. They are spaced four to six weeks apart to allow the skin to heal between appointments. Laser hair reduction, for example, requires six treatment series spaced every four to six weeks. For some clients, it may take six months to complete a cycle.
Some patients may require a longer duration. Cycles of treatments depend on hormones, the ability to consistently maintain appointments, the resiliency of hair follicles, and additional factors. Furthermore, depending on needs and results, you may need more treatments beyond the initial time frame. Beginning treatments in the fall provides a time buffer.
Most professionals recommend limiting or abstaining from sun exposure for three months after treatment. Therefore, fall and winter are ideal times for the skin to properly heal without damage.
Fall treatments prevent sun damage
While most people love going outdoors once the weather heats up, it does leave its mark on your skin. Sun exposure causes fine lines, UV-induced dark spots, and wrinkles. The most effective way to avoid damage is either avoiding going outdoors, wearing pants, long-sleeved clothing, and a hat, or using sunscreen with a high SPF. Yet, even with the best practices, exposure is still higher in summer.
Treatments done on sunburned or tanned skin create a higher chance of blistering. Even sun exposure post-treatment generates permanent skin discolouration and worsening sun damage. Therefore, it is best to schedule treatments when sun exposure is low.
Another reason to book in the fall is the increased sensitivity of laser-treated skin. This increased sensitivity lasts for three months after the procedure. It will heighten your sunburn risk, placing you at a higher risk of UV damage and potentially leading to skin cancer and worsening sunspots or leading them to return.
Longer lasting results
After spending your hard-earned money on obtaining youthful skin, it would be discouraging to see it quickly fade away with sun exposure. Prolonged exposure to the sun increases skin aging, and the longer they are avoided, the better your results are.
With the cooler fall weather, people are prone to using moisturizers and bundling up. This layering protects the skin, maintains the treatment, and is useful for areas outside the face. During recuperation, these parts are covered, thus minimizing damage.
The Best Non-invasive Laser Fall Treatments
Several laser treatments are beneficial to book for the fall season. These include laser hair removal, anti-aging/wrinkle treatments, acne/acne scar removal, and laser vein treatment. As we explore each type, we will outline why fall is the perfect time for such procedures.
Laser Vein Treatment
Spider veins and broken capillaries are common for many women, making them reluctant to show their legs in public. IPL (intense pulsed light) by Lumenis M22 reduces the appearance of veins, making them almost invisible. It works by using light energy to heat the blood vessels. This energy finely targets the vein without touching the skin.
Hemangioma, large varicose veins, and telangiectasia will require a deeper penetration to reduce their appearance. Therefore, many companies will use the Nd:YAG laser, as it has more power to penetrate skin tissue.
With this type of treatment, there is a chance of developing hyper- or hypo-pigmentation over the treated areas. While it is rare, sun exposure can cause hyper-pigmentation to occur. Furthermore, if you are tanned, the laser must be adjusted. Most people are advised to abstain from the sun for one to two weeks after treatment to reduce an uneven tan.
Acne Scar and Acne Treatment
IPL photofacial treatment decreases the appearance of acne/scarring using a non-invasive procedure. Lumenis photorejuvenation stimulates the skin by increasing elastin fibers and collagen production. After a few treatments, there is visible pore reduction and increased tone/texture.
Sun exposure during treatments can generate permanent damage and affect your results. The most common effect is irregular pigmentation. It is advised to avoid sun exposure for up to two months before treatment.
Wrinkle and Anti-aging Treatments
Wrinkles and fine lines are an inevitable part of aging. When we grow older, we produce less collagen, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. However, you can prolong aging effects with IPL photofacial or Resurfx treatments. These procedures boost collagen production and provide immediately noticeable results.
Again, these are done in the fall because you want to limit sun exposure, which will decrease collagen production. Sun exposure will lead to wrinkles, so patients are advised to book an appointment in the fall for the best results.
Laser Hair Removal
Professionals recommend this type of hair removal treatment during the fall because protocols for eliminating sun exposure are easier. Some companies will use two lasers to remove hair, depending on hair colour, skin type, skin tone, and hair thickness.
For those who are fair-skinned and have light/dark hair, the Alexandrite 750 is used. Dark hair on dark skin requires the Nd:YAG 1064 to be effective. Meanwhile, if you are somewhere in the middle, the LightSheer Duet is used.
Book Your Fall Treatment Now at Skin6
We recommend that you schedule your fall appointment to provide the best results. This will allow you the best chances for healing and long-lasting results. Sun exposure is not kind to treated skin. Unless you plan on avoiding going outside, fall is the optimal time to book this procedure.