Friday, November 30, 2012

Winter is Popular Time of Year for Cosmetic Procedures

Loyola offers new noninvasive laser treatment during cold weather months to reverse signs of aging

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

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.