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End-of-summer means ongoing sun protection!

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The end of the summer is right around the corner.  While the rest of the country gets a break from the high summer temps, here in the beautiful Bay Area (and especially San Francisco) we have a few more months of warmth and sunny days.  Our autumn is usually even nicer in the city than July and August!

However, don’t let autumn fool you into thinking you don’t need sunscreen!  In fact, we may experience some of our warmest, brightest days in September and October… but that’s all part of why we love Northern California!  I authored an article on protecting your skin in the springtime for both adults and our kids – read it here.  The advice I give in the article should be continued through the summer, well into our fall.

All those sunny days can take a toll on our skin.  Slowly but surely, over the years many fine lines, brown spots, and/or redness appear and you may forget what your skin looked like without those lines, spots and marks.  A recent video “How the sun sees you” posted online shows an artist showing people what their skin looks like under UV light:

While we don’t have this machine at our office (thank goodness!), we do know that the sun produces changes in our skin that are invisible and that later show up as brown spots or discolorations, freckles, wrinkles, and skin cancers.

What can we do to prevent and treat sun-related changes in our skin?  

At Horton SPA, we help restore your skin to its natural beauty with medical-grade skin care, chemical peels, intense pulsed light (IPL treatments) that help reverse much of the sun’s effects, and cosmetic injectable treatments such as Botox/Dysport or dermal fillers.  It is possible to reverse some sun-related changes using a combination of non-surgical treatments.  Yet, ongoing sun protection is equally important.

downloadWe welcome our visitors to a comprehensive skin care consultation with our Aesthetic Nurse Practitioners Courtney and Lisa to have a full evaluation of your skin, review which skin care products you are currently using, what works (and what you can throw away), and to receive education about additional things you can do to “put your best face forward”.  

Surgery is usually not recommended unless there are significant wrinkles, jowls or fat in the neck area – in that case, a surgical consultation with Dr. Horton to learn about surgical rejuvenation of the face may be appropriate.

To schedule your end-of-summer skin care consultation, complete our online request form or call 415-923-3067 today!


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Dr. Karen M. Horton, M.D. - Plastic Surgery, Physicians & Surgeons - Medical-M.D., San Francisco, CA