Between beach trips, family hikes, and poolside parties, summer can leave us with some wonderful memories. But when that sun-kissed tan fades, we’re often left with the less pleasant reminder of just how damaging the sun can be.
From skin discoloration (hello, sun spots and freckles!) to crepey, saggy skin, too much sun exposure causes premature aging. Lucky for us, there have been remarkable scientific innovations in the world of cosmetic dermatology, resulting in numerous modalities to help reverse UV damage.
From least invasive to most invasive, here are our top 3 treatments for brightening and toning the skin after a summer of fun.
LED light therapy uses light of varying wavelengths to stimulate the skin’s natural healing mechanisms. It’s completely non-invasive and safe to use even during pregnancy. For reversing sun-damage, we see the brightest complexions when we alternate the red Omnilux revive2™ panel with the infrared Omnilux plus™ panel. Red light helps treat inflammatory processes that lead to hyperpigmentation, while the infrared light works deeper, enhancing growth factor and collagen production.
Remember, not all LED light therapy is created equal. Our physician-grade Omnilux device is higher powered than those you’ll find at spas or medical spas, meaning it’s significantly more effective. That means better results, sooner.
Length of Procedure: 20 minutes
Comfort: You won’t feel a thing. You may even fall asleep!
Number of Treatments: 8; twice a week for 4 weeks for best results
Final Results: A full treatment course over 2 months delivers the best results.
Clear + Brilliant is our most gentle laser treatment, and it has a cult-like following. And for good reason — it works! Because it doesn’t cause as much skin surface heating as IPL, it’s the ideal treatment for those with melasma, general skin discoloration, and those who are new to aesthetic laser treatments.
An added benefit of Clear + Brilliant is its skin-smoothing effect and reduced pore size. By boosting collagen production, it gives a foundation-like finish, making it a go-to for many of our patients who aren’t big fans of makeup. It’s also extremely popular for those prepping for a big day, like their wedding!
Length of Procedure: 20-30 minutes
Comfort: You’ll feel just a little pinch. A numbing cream is applied for 30 minutes prior to the laser treatment to make it very comfortable.
Number of Treatments: 3-5; occurring 2-3 weeks apart
Downtime: Minimal. You’ll be a little red, but that will subside by end of day.
Final Results: Seen in 1 week, with results compounding with subsequent treatments
IPL, also known as a photofacial, is a miracle worker when it comes to treating more severe skin discoloration and broken capillaries from sun damage. Not officially a laser treatment, it’s a form of light therapy that penetrates deeply into the skin to target brown and red pigmentation on the face, neck, décolletage, hands, arms, and legs. The light energy destroys the melanin pigment, resulting in a very slight crusting of the area, and then flaking off. We use Lumecca by InMode, an especially innovative device that allows for precise targeting, so fewer treatments are necessary to see stellar results.
Length of Procedure: 20-45 minutes, depending on surface treated
Comfort: You’ll feel a flash of heat. The cooling tip on our Lumecca device significantly helps reduce any discomfort.
Number of Treatments: 2-4; occurring 2-3 weeks apart
Downtime: Minimal. You’ll be a little red, but that will subside by end of day. The sun spots will darken a little before the unwanted pigment then sloughs off within 7-10 days.
Final Results: Seen in 1-2 weeks, with results compounding with subsequent treatments.
While these procedures can significantly jumpstart the skin renewal process, it’s equally important to target hyperpigmentation with an at-home skin regimen. Active ingredients like vitamin C and retinols can make a big impact with consistent use. During your consultation, we can figure out which therapies, or combination of therapies, will help you achieve your complexion goals sooner rather than later.
Want to brighten up post-summer? Call our office at 203.764.2230 or email us at email@example.com to schedule an appointment.