Forever Young

Healing Summer Sun Skin Damage

Mary Monk, MSN, CNP

Photo by Jon Keeling


If fall is in the air but your face, neck and upper chest are exhibiting signs of summer sun damage, you might consider scheduling a consultation with Mary Monk, MSN, CNP, an aesthetic nurse at Donath Facial Plastic Surgery.

Monk has more than 37 years of nursing experience, and since 2013 she has focused solely on her ultimate passion – aesthetics. She is trained and experienced in multiple lasers, light based therapy, fat reduction, fillers, wrinkle relaxers, skin tighteners, microneedling and PRP.

Now is the perfect time to discuss the benefits of non-surgical Broad Band Light (BBL), a healing laser-based skincare technology  proven to reverse solar radiation damage as well as to treat skin acne and rosacea, explains Monk, a member of the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses. “I love to collaborate with our patients to find out what issues they want to address. Aesthetic Medicine has a powerful impact on perception for both the recipient and the observer. It is where art and science become one.”

BBL, an FDA-approved skin treatment, targets pigmentation by emitting light waves that pinpoint hemoglobin (red blood cells) and melanin (brown pigments), Monk explains. The light beam penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the skin irregularities that contain these colors. With specified settings, the device can effectively zero in on both red and brown colorations, including existing scars. The blood vessel walls are damaged, and the melanin pigment is fragmented, eliminating their appearance in the skin. BBL can also cauterize broken capillaries and heat up the deeper layers of skin to promote collagen fiber renewal.  “Forever Young” settings can be used to decrease fine lines and wrinkles as well as lessen redness and sunspots.

“And that’s why people look better afterward. They’ve lost the discoloration, and fine lines and wrinkles improve,” Monk notes. “BBL isn’t painful, and there’s no downtime.”

Fall is the perfect time to undergo BBL because it’s best to have a series of three to five treatments, preferably when you are not going to be out in the sun.

Also, according to Monk,  BBL can be performed in combination with SkinTyte, a non-surgical skin tightening procedure performed by Dr. Alex Donath and his staff at Donath Facial Plastic Surgery, and HydraFacial, which enhances your skin via simultaneous cleansing, exfoliating, extracting and hydrating. Estheticians are also happy to guide clients into establishing and maintaining a customized skin care routine.

It’s all about restoring the natural radiance of your skin, Monk concludes. “It’s never too late!”


Donath Facial Plastic Surgery is located at 7763 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, one block west of Nordstrom. For more information, visit