5 Cosmetic Treatments That Are Safe During Summertime
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5 Cosmetic Treatments That Are Safe During Summertime

Laser treatments in summer may be a big no-no due to risks of irreversible hyperpigmentation and skin irritation when exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. However, there are several procedures that you can do this season to maintain your looks without sacrificing beach time.

In this article, we share an in-depth guide on our top five must-try cosmetic treatments in summer. It covers everything you need to know about the best procedures you can do this season that require minimal effort, come with little to no side effects, and offer maximum results. 

Let’s delve right in!

1. CoolSculpting

If there’s one cosmetic treatment in summer that will get you ready for bikini season, it’s definitely CoolSculpting. This body sculpting treatment uses a revolutionary cryolipolysis technology developed by experts at Harvard University. 

CoolSculpting is basically a non-invasive and non-surgical liposuction, meaning no cuts or stitches necessary. How does it work? This cutting-edge technology reduces fat cells by freezing them. It’s highly recommended for patients almost at their ideal weight goal but want to achieve a more contoured silhouette. It’s an incredibly safe and effective cosmetic treatment to do in summer to get rid of fat deposits and shape problem areas, such as:

  • Love handles (the fat buildup around the waist)
  • Muffin top (bulge around the lower abdominal area) without going under the knife
  • Legs and thighs
  • Arm flab
  • Buttocks 

Typically, most people need only a single treatment session per area, but some return to maintain the results or enhance their stunning physique further. The best thing about CoolSculpting is there’s virtually no downtime. You may experience a bit of redness and swell in the treatment area right after the procedure, but it dissipates on its own after a couple of hours. 

However, body sculpting results don’t happen overnight. Ideally, it would be best if you did this cosmetic treatment in summer or at least a month before a beach trip to see the difference it made. To see the final results, it’s best to wait three to six months after the body has naturally processed and disposed of the treated fat cells. It’s important to note, though, that while the body sculpting results of CoolSculpting are relatively impressive, it’s not as drastic or dramatic as surgical fat reduction procedures like liposuction.

For more information on this topic, check out “CoolSculpting or Liposuction: Which One Is Right For You?”

2. Thermage

Say goodbye to your double chin or loose, sagging cheeks with Thermage. According to Marie Claire, celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston swear by the excellent benefits of this skin tightening treatment. 

So, what is Thermage? This amazing radiofrequency technology uses a bulk heating mechanism to accurately target layers of skin with rich collagen deposits, stimulating new collagen production and giving the skin a youthful and glowing appearance. Aside from that, it penetrates deeply and travels through the fibrous septae, making them contract and give a contouring benefit. 

It’s one of the favourite cosmetic treatments in summer for people who want more toned and lifted facial features, which are perfect when taking selfies while on vacation. Use it to achieve plump but prominent cheekbones or a well-defined jawline. Treat crepey skin above the knees or lax skin in your legs and buttocks. 

Thermage results may take around four to six months to appear fully, but they’re definitely worth the wait. It’s a stand-alone treatment that you only have to do once per treatment area and come back a year after for quick touch-ups and maintenance. Like other non-invasive cosmetic procedures, Thermage has zero downtime. Your face may look a bit flushed after a few minutes but rest assured it’s going to clear up on its own. Feel free to go back to the office or spend the night out with your friends after.

 Female patient getting lip fillers

3. Dermal Fillers

Whether you want to look refreshed or a couple of years younger by filling in the hollows under your eyes or by getting fuller lips for a sexier pout, dermal fillers can do it for you. Soft tissue fillers are anti-aging cosmetic treatments that are specially developed to restore volume in the face, correct fine lines and wrinkles, and plump and contour the lips without surgery. 

Several dermal fillers are available today with skin-nourishing active ingredients, such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, and calcium hydroxylapatite, best suited for different aesthetic concerns. These include:

Far from laser-based therapies and chemical peels, injectable fillers are considered safe cosmetic treatments in summer. They do not have a photosensitivity side effect that makes you vulnerable under the sun.

Have you got stubborn acne scars? Ask your doctor about using Botox for acne scarring in conjunction with other anti-scar cosmetic treatments like fillers, peels, and laser resurfacing. However, you may have to wait until summertime is over to do this one to avoid potential side effects.

4. Botox

Just like dermal fillers, Botox is another non-surgical way to maintain your youthful beauty. Keep people guessing about your actual age by smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. Perhaps the most popular, non-invasive, anti-aging treatment available, Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin that works by temporarily blocking the signalling pathways of the nerves and paralyzing the facial muscles. Dysport is another brand that offers similar anti-aging benefits. 

Botox can be injected in the tiny creases around the corners of the eyes, also known as crow’s feet, and in between the eyebrows, where frown lines form. Beyond its remarkable effects against aging, Botox can also deliver a slimming benefit when injected into the masseter muscle in the face, which is frequently used for chewing.

Another highly recommended cosmetic treatment in summer, Botox doesn’t make your skin sensitive to the sun, although proper sun protection is still advised. It’s a quick, painless in-office procedure typically done in less than 15 minutes. There’s no downtime and little to no side effects. Botox results can be noticeable after three to four weeks and can last for up to four or six months, depending on how fast your body metabolizes the product.

When getting fillers or Botox treatments, it’s utterly critical to work with an experienced injector who’s well-versed in the different techniques to get stunning but subtle results that look natural.

5. miraDry®

You may be one of the very few people who hate, even dread, summer if you’re someone who suffers from excessive sweating, medically known as hyperhidrosis—and with good reason! You’d have to constantly worry about the embarrassing sweat stains on your clothes and the potential body odour, which worsens when heat peaks in the summertime. If this rings true, miraDry® is the perfect solution for you.

It’s a three-in-one, FDA-approved treatment that uses miraWave® technology, a controlled, thermal, electromagnetic energy designed to stop sweating and permanently eliminate underarm sweat and odor. As a side benefit, miraDry® also removes armpit hair. But unlike most laser hair removal procedures, it’s colorblind and doesn’t rely on hair pigment for accurate targeting, making it more effective. It also doesn’t make your skin photosensitive and, therefore, should be on your list of must-do cosmetic treatments in summer.

miraDry® is a comfortable in-office procedure that takes less than an hour to complete. Most of our patients only need a single treatment session, although a second after six months may be necessary to maintain the results.

Three arms with different skin tones wear sunscreen

Summer Skincare Tips

Although these cosmetic procedures are generally safe to go through in the summertime, it doesn’t mean you should skimp on sun protection, which is an essential part of any skincare routine and should be done all year round, even in wintertime. 

Remain radiant all summer while protecting yourself from sun damage with these tips:

  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Reapply every couple of hours while you’re outdoors or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating.
  • Stay in the shade and out of direct sunlight between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., when the sun’s damaging UVB is at its peak.
  • Layer makeup and skincare products with SPF – or choose skincare products made with SPF.
  • Don’t skip sunscreen, even if you’re only staying in the office or driving around in your car. The sun’s harmful rays can still get through your skin from windows without protective coating.
  • Switch to a lightweight moisturizer, preferably with additional SPF, to avoid getting that uncomfy, sticky feeling.
  • Stay hydrated. Apply hydrating skincare products and drink plenty of water.

Book Cosmetic Treatments in Summer At McLean Clinic!

Look your best this season. For inquiries about available cosmetic treatments in summer that are suited for your specific beauty and skin concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. A friendly representative will be more than happy to assist you.

May 28, 2021
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