Winter is a wonderful time to undergo skin maintenance and treatments: the reason being that it is less of a risk to have glycolic peels or laser treatments when you are not outdoors in the hot summer sunshine.
By now most people are in the habit of visiting their dermatologists regularly for their annual skin check-ups or as we call them, mole patrols. It is good to see families booking their annual appointments as they would do for their dental check-ups.
During these annual check-ups, people often ask about skin/ageing treatments and removal of non-cancerous lesions for cosmetic purposes. They like to go away, read the information brochures and think about it, before making a decision about their particular problem.
Dr Webster generally recommends that laser treatments and glycolic peels be done in winter, as pigmentation is an ever-present threat when the sun is at its hottest and its strongest, in the summer months in Africa.
Below are some suggestions for winter skin maintenance and treatments:
- Polish your skin with a glycolic peel on the face, neck, décolleté, arms, back and hands. This procedure rapidly removes the damaged layer of dead surface skin cells revealing the fresh skin, and stimulating cell rebuilding and restructuring of the deeper skin layers, which can help the skin appear smoother, healthier, plumper and lighter, with more even pigmentation and skin tone.
- Collagen Remodelling on face, neck & chest and skin tightening for deep wrinkles.
- Skin Rejuvenation for wrinkles, pigmentation, age spots, even skin tone, brown freckles.
- Red broken veins on face and blue broken veins on nose
- Cherry angiomas (tiny raised red spots)
- Severe acne scarring
- Sebhorrhoeic Keratoses (non-cancerous, brown, slightly raised skin lesions) removed with liquid nitrogen. Often when these are burnt off with liquid nitrogen on the lower legs or arms, recovery time is longer because of the poorer circulation in these areas. During winter these areas are covered and you are not so aware of the lengthy period it takes for these treated lesions to disappear.
- Skin tags snipped off – these are tiny little flesh-coloured tags, the size of a rice grain. They are usually painless but can look unsightly.
- Sclerotherapy is a simple and effective treatment which significantly helps to lighten and in many cases, removes spider veins from the legs.
For further information on some of these treatments, download a patient information brochure under either Cosmetic or Medical Dermatology.