Spring is finally starting to make an appearance in Toronto. It’s the time of year when everyone begins to emerge from their winter hibernation to spend more time in the sun. It’s also the most popular season for weddings, graduations, and other special events. As you shed those winter layers, let us help you consider how to keep your skin looking and feeling its best!
This fresh season is about renewal and change, and as such, it can be the perfect time to visit a facial surgeon. The transition from winter to spring can be harsh on your skin. After blasting our skin with cold air for months, we’re still slathering on moisturizer but concerned about acne, sun protection, and anti-aging protection too. Sunny days are on the way, but are you still showing UV damage from years past?
Although there are improvements that you can make to your daily routine that help keep that natural glow, you may be ready to repair or even turn back the clock a little. Read on to learn why spring is an excellent time for facial rejuvenation.
What happens to your skin when the seasons change?
For our bodies, winter to spring can be one of the trickiest seasonal changes to navigate. After months of freezing temperatures, dry air, and a lot of time indoors, moisture levels begin to rise, and the sun starts to shine stronger. While all the rain, warmth, and verdant growth are exhilarating, it can lead to annoyances like allergies as well as a variety of skin problems. Some skin conditions you might experience include:
- Sunspots and sunburn
- Dry skin
- Increased puffiness under your eyes
- Acne breakouts
- Blemishes and texture irregularities
Because of increased time outdoors, your skin can sustain damage, discoloration, and burns, even in spring temperatures. For many people, making simple and practical changes to daily skincare can help maintain resiliency. But sometimes, even when you follow all of the advice, you’ll still experience stubborn problems like fine lines or hyperpigmentation. If you want an intensive yet safe way to revive your youthful appearance, there are many facial surgeon-approved treatments available to help.
What options are available for facial rejuvenation?
The great news is – regardless of age or gender – there’s a rejuvenation treatment that can meet your needs. Consulting with a facial surgeon means whether you’re seeking something light and easy or more intensive and transformative, you’ll see the full picture of possibilities.
1. Dermal fillers
One of the best precision tools in a surgeon’s hand isn’t a scalpel, but a needle. Injectable dermal fillers provide volume and contour to your face where age or weight loss have broken down collagen, fat, and muscle. Dermal fillers are typically made from hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally occurring sugar found in your body’s soft tissue. It is a temporary benefit, but it does have great longevity (usually breaking down naturally after 6 to 18 months).
Dermal HA fillers can volumize and reshape just about everything from your temples to your chin. For example, your facial surgeon can create the illusion of contour to your cheekbones and jaw, which help lift and smooth the facial skin. You can fill under-eye hollows or re-plump your pout. Even creating the illusion of a straighter nose is possible.
Regardless of where you seek improvement, it’s imperative to choose a surgeon who’s adept in using fillers artfully and with your overall facial balance in mind. Find a surgeon who has a keen aesthetic eye for providing natural and attractive results.
2. Laser IPL (intense pulsed light) or AFT (Advanced Fluorescence Technology)
Laser treatments can dramatically reduce the look of sun damage, rosacea, acne scarring, and other blemishes. Because laser procedures are non-surgical, they’re becoming popular corrective and restorative tools. IPL uses a single wavelength of light to treat problem areas, while new, advanced AFT emits pulses in multiple wavelengths, allowing light to penetrate equally through your skin.
3. PRP (platelet-rich plasma therapy) treatment
Your facial surgeon may recommend PRP. A small sample of your blood is treated in a centrifuge to isolate platelets. Then the platelet-rich serum is injected just under the skin’s surface to accelerate healing, collagen, elastin, and healthy new cell formation.
4. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion work to soften the skin on your face by removing dry, damaged, or dead cells. One popular option is the SilkPeel facial, which removes dull surface cells while infusing your skin with nutrients. It’s light enough to get your glow back mid-day and return to work, yet it lifts away the months of dreary winter skin and clogged pores to start spring feeling fresh.
What can I do at home to improve my skin?
1. Stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet.
With our busy lives, it’s easy to forget this cardinal rule. As you age, your skin produces less collagen and loses elasticity, leading to dryness and undesirable imperfections. Keep your skin hydrated and nourished:
- Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day
- Eat hydrating fruits and vegetables like watermelons, avocados, or tomatoes
- Eat a complete, well-balanced diet that includes essential vitamins and nutrients
2. Moisturize every day
Remember to hydrate your skin daily. Tips to consider:
- It’s possible to over-moisturize your skin so you should be on the lookout for breakouts and oily skin.
- Not all creams will suit you. Each one is tailored to specific skin types and conditions.
- Moisturizers are not all created equal. Use a lotion that is high-grade and be aware of all its ingredients in case you experience a reaction.
3. Exfoliate, but not daily
Exfoliating too often can do more harm than good. It’s best to exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week to open pores and keep your skin fresh. For people with sensitive skin, once a week is often enough.
4. Protect your skin from UV rays
With more sun exposure in the spring, the skin on your face is most at risk. Applying sunblock daily is the best way to protect yourself. According to specialists, you should use SPF 15 or higher, even in the winter. And it’s recommended that you use SPF 50 or more directly after facial treatments, as your skin will be more sensitive to damage.
Consult with Dr. Cory Torgerson – Maxillofacial Surgeon
You might be thinking, How do I find a maxillofacial surgeon near me? If you’re considering facial plastic surgery in Toronto, we invite you to contact Dr. Cory Torgerson today to book a free, no-obligation consultation. As a facial surgeon specializing in surgical procedures for the face and neck, Dr. Torgerson also offers a comprehensive array of contouring, sculpting, and revitalizing options. He has in-depth expertise in facial rejuvenation with injectables, using innovative tools to customize each patient’s treatment. At our clinic, you’ll be met with advanced possibilities and professionalism in an inviting space. We’re ready to make our home your one-stop shop for spring renewal.