MAYWOOD, Ill. – Women looking for that elusive fountain of youth may want to consider a facial rejuvenation procedure this winter. Dermatologists from Loyola University Health System (LUHS) report that cold weather months are a popular time of year for anti-aging treatments.
“People tend to do more harm to their skin during warm weather months, so the winter is an ideal time to undergo a facial rejuvenation procedure to correct this damage,” said Rebecca Tung, MD, director, Division of Dermatology, LUHS. “Sun exposure also should be limited after certain cosmetic procedures. This is easier to do in cold weather when daylight hours are shorter and more time is spent indoors."
Dermatologists at Loyola have turned to a new noninvasive laser treatment for patients looking to reduce the visible signs of aging this season. The Fraxel Dual (fractional laser treatment) procedure diminishes wrinkles, sun spots, scars, brown spots and precancerous lesions while resurfacing the skin. This new technology is safe in all skin types.
“The fractional laser treatment leaves people looking younger without that plastic and fake look,” Dr. Tung said. “This procedure also is beneficial for my patients who can’t afford to take time away from their busy life to undergo a more invasive procedure."
The fractional laser treatment works by penetrating the top layers of skin. Light energy stimulates collagen, which smoothes and rejuvenates the skin. This type of laser treatment is done in a doctor’s office and usually lasts between 15 to 45 minutes. Patients can return to regular activity the same day. Most patients see the best results after one to five treatments, and results can take one to three weeks to take effect. The treatment ranges from $750-$1500.
Dr. Tung and her colleagues perform fractional laser treatments at Loyola Center for Health at LaGrange Park. To schedule an appointment with a Loyola dermatologist, call 888-LUHS-888 or visit www.loyolamedicine.org.