5 Med Spa Treatments that Are Great (and Safe) for Summer

5 Med Spa Treatments that Are Great (and Safe) for Summer

From Boston, along the North Shore to New Hampshire, and right here in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, summer skincare is heating up. Believe it or not, when the sun and heat begin taking a toll on your skin, certain medspa treatments can be especially beneficial in more ways than one. Not only will certain skin treatments help you achieve that desired summer glow, but by keeping up with your skincare now, by the time fall comes around, your skin will still be looking good. 

Whether you want to achieve the perfect glow or maintain a sun-kissed look (minus the sun damage), medspa treatments like dermaplaning, microneedling, and detoxifying facials can help. Here are five Medspa services I recommend for the summer months ahead! 

Medspa Services Suited for Summer

Summer is the best time to go makeup-free — if you feel confident in your skin. Enter the role of summer-safe med spa treatments! Medspa treatments are designed to improve the look of skin imperfections, like pigmentation caused by sun damage or acne scarring, with little to no downtime. 

As always, it’s essential to consult with a certified med spa professional to ensure a particular treatment is appropriate for your skin type and concerns. While the following treatments can be particularly beneficial in the summer months, it’s crucial to follow proper aftercare instructions, including the use of sunscreen, to protect your skin from sun damage.

1. Light Chemical Peels

There are several myths surrounding chemical peels, one being that you should avoid them in the summer. While it’s true you should avoid deep peels, or full-strength chemical peels that cause peeling and scabbing, light peels can be particularly beneficial in the summer months. Light peels are superficial medspa treatments and only target the outer layer of skin known as the epidermis. 

Because light peels are superficial, they will help avoid increased sensitivity to the sun, so you can resume your typical summertime activities (while wearing sunscreen, of course). I love performing light chemical peels in the summer to help address the dullness and pigmentation that can result from sun exposure. After one session, the skin will begin looking brighter, clearer, and more even. 

The PRX T33 Peel is also perfect for summer because it doesn't induce photo-sensitivity, allowing for safe application during times of higher sun exposure. This peel enhances the firmness, tone, and texture of the skin with minimal exfoliation of the epidermis, thus ensuring little to no downtime. This aspect makes it a highly preferred option for those seeking significant skin improvement without the peeling or recovery time typically associated with other treatments.

2. Microneedling

Microneedling is a type of collagen induction therapy that has a multitude of benefits for patients of all ages and skin types. By inducing a controlled injury response, microneedling treatment helps to stimulate tissue regeneration, minimize the size of pores, and rejuvenate and firm skin. It can also minimize the appearance of various scarring, reduce acne breakouts, and smooth fine lines. 

Microneedling treatment is minimally invasive with a relatively short downtime, making it safe for the summer months. Likewise, it can help bring topical treatments to deeper layers of the skin and enhance the absorption of skincare products, like hydration-boosting hyaluronic acid, to maximize their effectiveness. 

3. DiamondGlow Facial

Speaking of hydration-boosting, there’s nothing like the DiamondGlow facial to freshen up the skin and achieve that summertime complexion. This three-step medspa process involves removing sun-damaged skin cells from the surface, cleansing dirt and dead skin from deep inside the pores, and infusing the skin with a customized combination of serums to address your unique concerns. 

Our DiamondGlow patients receive this facial all year round, especially in the summer months. As a gentler, more cleansing alternative to harsh exfoliants that can leave the skin feeling raw, the DiamondGlow facial is great for achieving a more even skin tone without redness or flaking. Plus, it can address the pigmentation and sun damage accumulated from sun exposure over time. 

4. Sculptra

Sculptra is a one-of-a-kind biostimulatory filler formulated with poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a compound that stimulates your skin’s natural collagen production. Unlike dermal fillers, which contain additional plumping ingredients, Sculptra harnesses your own collagen to organically plump the skin. It offers natural-looking results to smooth wrinkles and treat areas of fat loss.

Like the above medspa treatments, Sculptra is a non-surgical option for rejuvenating the skin that involves minimal downtime. You can receive Sculptra treatment and quickly return to your regular activities without a lengthy recovery period. 

5. Dermaplaning 

Dermaplaning is a non-invasive, exfoliating medspa treatment that’s excellent for rejuvenating dull skin in the summer. During dermaplaning treatment, a medspa professional will gently scrape the top layer of skin on the face — known as the stratum corneum — with a medical-grade scalpel. The process removes dead skin cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz), leaving the skin exceptionally smooth. 

I recommend dermaplaning as a great add-on summer treatment for several reasons, namely that the process never penetrates the skin. By avoiding any open skin there is no heightened sensitivity to UV rays that are harder to avoid in the summer months. Likewise, dermaplaning provides a smooth base for makeup and sunscreen application, enhancing the effectiveness of other skincare treatments. 

3 Medspa Services to Avoid This Summer

While many medspa treatments are beneficial during the summer, some are best avoided due to increased sun sensitivity and potential complications from sun exposure. There are three types of medspa treatments I advise my patients to avoid in the summer months: 

  1. Deep (full-strength) chemical peels cause the skin to peel and scab, as well as an increased risk of hyperpigmentation, burns, and prolonged redness if proper sun protection isn’t maintained during the healing period.
  2. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy targets pigmentation and vascular lesions but makes the skin more sensitive to UV exposure, which can heighten the risk of developing pigmentation issues and skin irritation in the summer months.
  3. Laser hair removal requires the treated area to be free from sun exposure before and after the procedure. Sun exposure increases the risk of skin damage, burns, and pigmentation issues. Tanned skin can also be more prone to side effects and may make it harder for the laser to target hair follicles effectively.

Achieve Your Dream Glow with Trusted Med spa Treatments

When the temperatures are high and the days are long, it’s generally safer to choose med spa treatments that have minimal downtimes and do not significantly increase sun sensitivity. It’s wise to always consult with a certified medspa professional to tailor treatments to your specific needs and ensure you follow proper aftercare instructions, especially regarding sun protection.

Working on your dream glow and looking for summer-safe treatments? Schedule a consultation at The Center for Plastic Surgery in Chelmsford, Massachusetts to explore medspa treatments that are right for you!

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