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Southern California is known for its beautiful beaches and sunny weather. As the months grow warmer, San Diegans are looking to put their best face forward. However, there is a downside to living in a year-round warm climate says Alvarado Hospital’s Dr. Barry Handler. “This type of weather can age the skin if the proper precautions aren’t taken,” says Dr. Handler.

For those adversely affected by the sun’s rays, Dr. Handler, a plastic surgeon, is offering new procedures using the Pearl Fractional laser. This new laser is used to improve the texture of the patient’s face by reducing signs of aging and discoloration of the skin as a result of overexposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

For those who fear going under the knife, this is an alternative, non-invasive procedure that requires no anesthetic. A topical cream and a small laser beam are the only apparatuses used on the skin’s surface during the procedure. The laser emits pulses creating microscopic holes in the skin, reducing damaged tissue and stimulating the body’s natural process of creating new healthy skin full of collagen.

Dr. Handler says the skin’s recovery period is shorter than traditional lasers. “Patients have reported noticing improvement in as little five days and their skin continually improves in both volume and texture for up to the first six months following the laser procedure,” he said.