Spring Into Your Summer Skin!
By Dr. Joseph A. Muccini, MD

Living in the Midwest we necessarily hunker down for the winter, covering up during colder weather. But with the advent of spring, we transition to lighter clothes, less cover and, for many of us, we start thinking about our own renewal. Spring soon leads to summer, which means tank tops, spaghetti straps, and bathing suits. In just a matter of weeks, we will all be more visible.

As we ponder our upcoming increased exposure, we may view our bodies more critically than at other times of the year and wonder what, if anything, can be done before summer to address concerns that emerge as we look in the mirror. There are many options including procedures with minimal or no down time, such as Botox and fillers, and others that are more involved but with significantly less downtime compared to more invasive procedures.

As one of the least expensive, fastest, and quickly gratifying procedures in the cosmetic arsenal, Botox is an ideal way to reduce moderate wrinkles and can help us start summer with a more relaxed, calmer look. Similarly, by compensating for age-related volume loss, fillers are an excellent choice to help return facial contours to a more youthful and balanced appearance at a moderate cost, with minimal recovery time.

With several weeks still ahead of us before summer, we can also contemplate more involved procedures that require one or more days of downtime but can lead to very significant improvement with lasting benefit greater than the simpler procedures above. For example, if we have an emerging or persistent double chin, or if we want to start the season of renewal with stronger rejuvenation of the face, neck or décolletage, then subdermal and/or ablative laser treatments are good options.

In addition to pursuing any of the above single treatment strategies, we can also employ these treatments in various combinations tailored to individual specific goals and budgets. Of course, no discussion about cosmetic treatment strategies is complete without considering how we can help reduce the impact of those external factors that lead to many of the skin issues we are trying to mitigate. The most important and cost-effective skin care effort of all is to prevent as much future damage as possible. The sun’s rays are growing strong now and will continue becoming stronger for weeks to come, which means it’s time to purchase new sunscreen. And even if we have no need for, or intention of doing, any cosmetic procedure, we should still consider using simple topical products that can help to moderate some of the signs of prior photo-aging as well as help stave off future damage. These products include both simple moisturizers to help the skin stay hydrated during increased summer exposure as well as more expensive high end items such as vitamin C serum and/ or retinoid products available in various strengths, depending on individual needs. As with all things, an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure!

Dr. Joseph A. Muccini is a Harvard- and Columbia-trained, board-certified dermatologist with more than 20 years of experience in medical and surgical dermatology. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Medical Association, Missouri Dermatological Society and St. Louis Dermatological Society, where he has served as president.


MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center
222 S. Woods Mill Rd. Suite 475 N Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone (314) 878-0600
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