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Why Is Fall the Best Season for Laser Treatments?

October 14, 2018

Women and men that are considering laser treatments have likely received recommendations from friends and family members or have completed some research on their own. In fact, many resources on laser treatments attempt to provide information on how to properly prepare and suggest that fall is a good time to get started.

So, is there really an ideal time to undergo this type of procedure? Yes, there is.

Keep reading to learn 3 reasons why fall is the best season for laser treatments.

1. Less sun exposure minimizes risk and maximizes benefits

Laser treatments are extremely safe and effective. However, in rare cases, they can produce mild and temporary side effects, which are more likely in the summer due to increased sun exposure.

In order to minimize the chance of any adverse event, aesthetic experts stress the importance of staying out of the sun for 4-6 weeks before and after a laser treatment. In fact, patients should take care to limit time spent outside, wear a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF, and sport protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses.

That’s because sun exposure prior or post laser procedure has the possibility of causing darkening of skin in the treatment area (hyperpigmentation), lightening of skin in the treatment area (hypopigmentation), and burns.

2. Baseline color increases laser efficacy

In the summer, skin is susceptible to becoming tan from beach trips, pool days, gardening, playing sports, and being outdoors. That being said, most patients find that by the fall, their skin has returned to its baseline color, which allows for better penetration of laser energy and increased treatment efficacy.

3. Timeline for results

Many patients ask why fall is the best season for laser treatments and not winter. It’s due to the fact that in order to achieve optimal results, a large majority of laser treatments must be performed as a series. This applies to procedures such as IPL, laser hair removal, and laser resurfacing.

Therefore, with sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart, starting in the fall allows women and men to achieve their desired outcomes in a timely fashion and before the start of the next summer.

To learn more about why fall is the best season for laser treatments, please call our office today top schedule a consultation.

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