Special Care for Our Skin as We Leave Sunny Summer Days Behind: Skin Health and Treatment Methods
As we leave behind the sunny summer days, the exposure of our skin to ultraviolet sunlight leads to the bronzing of our skin due to the melanin pigment, which actually emerges to prevent damage to the skin. The darkening of our skin tone is, in a way, an indicator of the damage left by the sun on the skin. Prolonged exposure to the sun without using sufficient SPF sunscreen can lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, causing photoaging. Dark spots, wrinkles, sagging, prominent blood vessels, uneven skin tone, dryness, and sensitivity are signs of photoaging.
With the arrival of autumn, cool winds, rains, changes in temperature, and humidity bring different needs for the skin. In the fall, while treating the damage caused by the sun during the summer months, we also need to prepare our skin for the cool dry weather and cold winter months.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
First and foremost, it is essential to use SPF 30 sunscreen creams throughout the seasons, regardless of whether we are outdoors or indoors, to prevent photoaging.
Chemical Peeling: We choose the content, concentration, and application frequency of chemical peeling based on the skin type and needs. Chemical peeling is used in the treatment of acne, dark skin spots, melasma, and wrinkles. It peels off the dead skin on the top epidermis layer over days, triggering the formation of new healthy cells and preparing the skin for other mesotherapy procedures. Autumn is the perfect time for these procedures. Chemical peeling can be applied lightly, moderately, or deeply depending on the condition of the skin. Mezotherapy, laser, and energy-based devices can be applied 1-2 weeks after the chemical peeling procedure.
Mesotherapy, PRP, and Microneedling (Dermapen): Mesotherapy is one of the most effective and reliable methods that can be applied in every season. Using very fine and short needles, we inject serum cocktails containing amino acids, peptides, vitamin C, minerals, hyaluronic acid, and ingredients such as Salmon DNA into the skin at a depth of 1-4 mm (mid-dermis layer) to treat skin spots in 4-6 sessions. These serums, mostly applied to the face, neck, décolleté, and the back of the hands, protect the skin from oxidative stress and environmental toxic effects, increase collagen and elastin production, resulting in a tightened, reduced pore size, acne-free, radiant, soft, smooth, bright, and healthy skin. We frequently use the PRP method, which involves separating the thrombocyte-rich plasma obtained by taking a person’s own blood into a special tube in a special device, in skin renewal and spot treatments due to its rich growth factor content. PRP injections applied with the mesotherapy injection method enhance the effectiveness of all other applications. PRP can be applied alone every 10-15 days for 3-4 sessions, and it can also be applied alternately and in combination with other mesotherapy methods. Similarly, Herbal Stem Cell treatments applied for 3-4 sessions with the mesotherapy method are quite effective in skin rejuvenation and spot treatment. Youth vaccines are ready-made products containing amino acids, peptides, and high doses of non-crosslinked hyaluronic acid, which are the basic building blocks of the skin. We can apply youth vaccines to the sagging bonds on the face for 3 sessions to benefit from the lifting and facelift effect, as well as to the entire face, neck, décolleté, and hands. Youth vaccines are particularly good alternatives for those who do not want filler applications. Youth vaccines applied with confidence in these months provide moisture and radiance from within to the skin for months. They reduce wrinkles, rejuvenate the skin, tighten it, and are effective in treating skin spots. Another treatment that yields very pleasing results and is highly applied during these months is the MICRONEEDLING (DERMOPEN) application. Highly successful in areas such as acne, acne scars, oily skin, reducing pores, reducing skin wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, and spot treatment, in this method, we create damage by opening many micro-holes on the skin with a special device, thereby activating the skin’s repair mechanisms. We can apply the microneedling method, which can be applied every 10 days for at least 3-4 sessions for every skin type, increases the effectiveness of other mesotherapy and device applications. If we want to say goodbye to cracked lips, lip vitamins applied by injection into the lips will both moisturize our lips in the upcoming cold weather and give a healthy natural color. Enzymatic serums and skin-renewing serums applied for 4-6 sessions for neck rejuvenation, supported by youth vaccines, can be applied with mesotherapy. Using mesotherapy, PRP, stem cells, chemical peeling, and microneedling methods for skin spots, using medical serums and creams recommended at home will increase the effectiveness and permanence of these treatments. For those who are afraid of needles, needle-free mesotherapy, satin lifting, and similar methods are available. These methods, which can be applied for 3-4 sessions in the treatment of skin tightening, scars, spots, and fine wrinkles, must be supported with home maintenance products. Before mesotherapy application, the skin is anesthetized with local anesthetic creams. Products are injected into the skin at a depth of 1-4 mm using very fine ghost needles with certain methods. Here, I would like to emphasize the difference between botulinum toxin (Botox) and mesotherapy: Botox is injected into the muscles and is a temporary treatment aimed at temporarily stopping mimic muscle movements. In mesotherapy, serums are injected into the skin. Also, mesotherapy is not a filler, meaning it cannot replace lost volume in the skin or under the skin. The number and intervals of mesotherapy applications vary according to the products used, the concentration of the products, and the individual. The number of sessions can be 4-6 sessions depending on the condition of the skin and the desired results. When continuity treatments are performed every 6 months, its effect lasts for years.