Learn about the different cutting-edge laser treatments available at Jiva Med Spa and why seasonality has an important impact! Photo Caption: Rejuvenate your skin this winter with one of our top-tier laser skin treatments! What Are The Benefits Of Laser Treatments In The Fall & Winter Seasons? Leaves are piling up on the ground, sunny skies are replaced with clouds, and the weather has taken a dive toward colder temperatures. It’s easy to list some of the obvious characteristics of the fall season that make many people feel restless with the knowledge that winter is just around the corner. When it comes to your skin however, a lot of these seasonal changes are incredibly beneficial! After long months in the summer sun, your skin could be damaged from UV rays, chlorine from the swimming pool, or even salt (from a body of water, or your own perspiration). Freezing weather means fewer outdoor activities, as well as less sunshine, which means now is the perfect time to allow your skin to play catch-up, especially with the help of a therapeutic laser skin treatment at Jiva Med Spa. What Is A Laser Skin Treatment? You may be wondering: what exactly is a laser treatment? Can it actually help me? Is it unsafe for my skin? Lasers may sound intimidating, but in the medical field, doctors have simply harnessed the power of light for restorative purposes, especially for the skin. When an average person thinks about laser treatments, they might not realize that common applications such as a tattoo removal fall into the laser treatment category! There are many varieties of laser skin treatments, each with a particular technique that best targets your skin condition. Jiva uses special lasers to resurface an area of the epidermis and heat the skin underneath with precise, concentrated pulses of light. This stimulates collagen as the skin heals, producing a firmer, smoother consistency in one’s complexion with dozens of anti-aging benefits such as smoothing wrinkles, reducing pigment irregularities, and refining overall skin tone and texture. As you can imagine, after a laser treatment, the skin can be extremely sensitive to the sun—which is one reason why fall or winter is a good time to schedule your treatment session. In this case, cloudy weather can work to your advantage! What’s The Best Time of Year To Get A Laser Skin Treatment? For those considering a laser skin treatment at Jiva Med Spa, seasonality plays a huge role. Of course, you can schedule an appointment at any time, but the colder months of late fall and winter are typically better for a multitude of reasons. The less sun exposure, the better. After a laser skin resurfacing procedure, your skin can experience side effects depending on the type of treatment and your skin’s sensitivity. Burning sensations, itchiness, redness, and swelling are common symptoms in the first couple of days of recovery, so it is advised to stay out of direct sunlight. Unlike the humid summers of central Ohio, fall and winter in the Midwest comes with frequently overcast skies, making it much easier to avoid exposure to UV rays. More clothing coverage. For certain laser treatments, the timing of “sweater weather” is extremely useful. Patients that want to remove an unwanted tattoo, for example, can easily cover up the area from damaging sunlight as it heals post-treatment. Plus, it may be a relief to keep things hidden since some patients prefer not to draw attention to themselves or their medical decisions. Rest and recover. Winter is the best time to stay indoors and enjoy some downtime, especially when it’s cold and snowy outside! Certain laser skin treatments have immediate recovery times, whereas other procedures come with strongly recommended post-care regimens. Many laser treatments must have multiple sessions with a set time frame in between appointments to achieve the best results. Schedule your appointments during the long winter season so you can complete a full treatment cycle and be ready to go when summer arrives! How Will Laser Skin Treatments Help My Skin? Many patients seek out laser treatments simply to improve the appearance of wrinkles, discolored spots of skin, or even acne scars. It is always best to consult with a medical professional to determine which type of laser treatment will be most effective for your situation and skin type. Generally, laser treatments are perfect for mild skin issues and aesthetic concerns such as irritation and redness, age spots, wrinkles, sagging skin, and acne breakouts. You may be surprised at all the additional situations where laser treatments are a fantastic, non-invasive solution: Melasma (discoloration) Rosacea (redness) Scars from acne, injuries, or surgery Spots, stains, or birthmarks Dark veins or blood vessels Wrinkles (crow’s feet, glabellar lines) Sagging or aging skin Hair reduction Tattoo removal Whether you’re looking for an easy anti-aging treatment that doesn’t involve surgery or want to live a life free from tattoo regret, Jiva Med Spa offers the least invasive, non-ablative laser skin treatments for you to take advantage of this coming winter. Top 5 Most Requested Laser Treatments At Jiva Med Spa Tattoo Removal Laser tattoo removal works by applying specific, high-pressure laser wavelengths to tattoo ink particles, which effectively blasts them apart, making them smaller and easier for the body to absorb and remove. At Jiva Med Spa, we use industry-leading laser devices, such as PicoSure and Enlighten, which remove tattoos quickly, efficiently, and with minimal discomfort for any skin type. Patients should wait at least 4-6 weeks between each treatment, so the body can fully heal and metabolize the targeted ink particles. The number of laser tattoo removal sessions needed varies from person to person depending on the tattoo’s age, size and location, or depth and color of the ink. Forever Young BBL Forever Young BBL is an innovative broadband light (BBL) laser technology developed by Sciton. Its laser delivers heat energy deep within the layers of skin to treat brown or red spots, freckles, and other indicators of aging while stimulating collagen to provide a more youthful, refreshed appearance. Forever Young BBL reduces discoloration from burst blood vessels and veins plus it can reverse sun damage from harmful UV rays. This gentle, non-invasive laser procedure has little to no downtime, so patients can immediately resume their normal activities following treatment. Laser Hair Removal Laser hair removal, aka laser hair reduction, uses highly concentrated pulses of light to damage specific hair follicles. The pigment (melanin) in the hair follicles absorb the beam of light which produces a damaging heat, thereby suppressing future hair growth. Because melanin is integral to this technique, the darker the hair color, the more effective this method can be. Although results vary, with each new treatment, more and more hair will shed and fail to regrow. For best results, around 6 laser hair removal treatment sessions are recommended by our professionals. MicroLaser Peel One of the best facial laser peels, MicroLaser Peel penetrates through the epidermis with the Sciton Erbium laser to vaporize sun-damaged skin. Although it permeates further into the layers of skin than typical microdermabrasion, MicroLaser Peel is not an intense, more painful deep chemical peel. This precise, long-lasting procedure can treat the face, neck, chest, shoulders, hands, and other areas of the body that need resurfacing for smoother, healthier skin. ProFractional ProFractional is a moderately gentle, non-invasive laser treatment that promotes the healing of burns, scars, and other blemishes while revitalizing skin tone and texture of targeted areas. The process combines precise micro-abrasions with deep healing fractional therapy, a technique that increases collagen production for a tighter, firmer complexion. This advanced laser resurfacing technology not only allows you to customize the depth of the laser’s permeation, but it minimizes the patient’s overall discomfort and encourages a shorter recovery time. Additionally, ProFractional pairs well with other laser skin treatments, such as Forever Young BBL or the MicroLaser Peel, to enhance overall anti-aging effects. Undergoing a new procedure can be overwhelming and it is important to understand all your options. If you’re interested in getting a laser treatment this year, we highly recommend scheduling a consultation with us at Jiva this fall or winter! We are a premier med spa with the most cutting-edge laser technology that prioritizes our clients’ comfort and peace of mind. Our Medical Director, Dr. Nanda, as well as our licensed aestheticians, will be a fantastic resource as you discover which laser treatment at Jiva Med Spa is the best choice for you! Stop by our Columbus (614-421-7546), Dayton (937-705-9430), or Cincinnati (513-834-1770) med spa locations. Take Advantage Of This Deal! EXCLUSIVE BLOG OFFER: When you schedule a consultation with us, mention our November blog for 20% OFF any laser skin treatment of your choice!