Treat Yourself with These 5 Laser Treatments This WinterWinter is the best time when it comes to getting beauty procedures done. That's because low temperatures and shorter days can prevent potential side effects, such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (which sun exposure can worsen). Plus, it's easier to recover during hibernation season. Treat yourself with these five laser treatments this winter:

1. Ablative and non-ablative lasers

Both ablative and non-ablative laser procedures can rejuvenate skin on the face, neck, chest, and hands. These lasers deliver precise beams of energy to the skin, improving photodamaged skin, scars, and skin tone. Ablative procedures tend to produce longer, more dramatic results but are associated with some downtime. Non-ablative lasers, however, create more subtle results, require multiple treatments, and involve little-to-no downtime. Visible light non-ablative laser devices can also target areas of redness and pigment changes. Non-ablative laser procedures include Clear + Brilliant, and ablative ones are Fraxel Re:pair.

2. Endovenous laser therapy

Winter is a great time to get leg treatments done since colder temperatures bring on pants, leggings, and tights. Endovenous laser therapy is used to treat spider veins. Getting these procedures done during the winter months can get your legs ready for spring and summer. Endovenous laser therapy only requires local anesthetic and has minimal downtime involved.

3. Laser hair removal

While laser hair removal can be performed at any time of the year, it can be tricky treating legs and other sun-exposed areas during the summer. That's because the lasers used in laser hair removal can't tell the difference between the pigment in the hair follicle and pigment from a tan, which can potentially cause hypo-pigmentation after a treatment.

4. IPL photofacials

IPL photofacials are the perfect wintertime beauty treatment. They help to treat skin discoloration, such as sun damage, brown spots, redness from rosacea, broken capillaries, and spider veins. IPL photofacials are similar to traditional laser treatments. But, while a laser focuses just one wavelength of light at your skin, IPL releases light of many different wavelengths. Winter is an ideal time to undergo a series of IPL photofacial treatments since your skin is more easily protected from the sun.

5. Laser tattoo removal

Since you can't be exposed to the sun while undergoing laser tattoo removal, winter is an excellent opportunity to zap that tatt you no longer love. Laser tattoo removal does require several sessions over a few months. So, if you get treatments done in winter, you're not missing out on any fun.

Winter isn't so bad after all

As the urge to hibernate becomes stronger and stronger as winter progresses, don't forget that it serves as the ideal time to fit in all the beauty treatments that you can. That's why now's the time to undergo laser treatments that would ordinarily require you to stay out of the sun.

References
  1. "7 Derm-Approved Skin Treatments to Do Before Spring," Vogue, February 7, 2018.
  2. "The Best Laser Treatments to Try This Winter," Elle, November 11, 2015.

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