For many of us, there comes a point in the weeks before a social event (like a wedding, a reunion, or even just holiday get-togethers) when we start to think about how we’re going to look our best for the big day. If you’re looking for a solution for the upcoming holidays, timing plays an important role. While it can take months for your new look to fully resolve after plastic surgery, there are also plenty of options with shorter timelines.
As a treatment that’s so popular it’s become a household name, Botox® and the similar option Dysport® target specific facial muscles that have become tense and furrowed. By relaxing the muscles, the injections smooth away expression lines like crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows (or “number 11s”). This procedure also happens to be one of the easiest to fit into a tight schedule, because the treatment itself generally takes 10-15 minutes. The results can begin appearing as soon as 24-48 hours later, with the full effect generally visible within a week, and the results typically last three to four months.
Facial Filler Injections
As their name suggests, these injections “fill in” facial wrinkles like smile lines (also called nasolabial folds), marionette lines, and other wrinkles around the mouth and nose. Some varieties can also be used to replace facial volume that has been lost in the aging process, providing softer and more youthful contours. We offer several types of facial fillers (such as Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Radiesse®) in order to give each patient the best possible results, but all filler injections offer the advantage of a quick treatment time and little or no downtime. Depending on the type of filler used and the procedure itself, patients may have some initial swelling and bruising, so the final results are typically visible after a few days, and they can last anywhere from six months to two years. At your facial filler consultation, we will determine the ideal options for your cosmetic goals and discuss the expected results based on the recommended formula.
Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing
True to my unique line of minimally invasive Band Aid procedures, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing is a milder yet still highly effective twist on traditional laser skin resurfacing. Rather than impacting every square inch of skin throughout the face and neck, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing uses DOT™ technology—columns of laser light create tiny “treatment zones” with untouched skin between them. By working with the body’s natural healing process, the result is that all the skin throughout the face and neck is rejuvenated, but with significantly less recovery time. The procedure itself is brief, and after an initial period of sunburn-like redness and peeling, your refreshed skin will be ready to show off in around seven to ten days.
Band Aid Skin Tightening
While you won’t be able to see much improvement by the holidays, those who want to firm and tighten skin throughout their face and neck can see great results if they start planning three to four months in advance. As an entirely non-invasive procedure (meaning the skin is never broken), Band Aid Skin Tightening uses precisely controlled warmth to help the skin rebuild collagen—the component that gives skin its elasticity and youthful firmness. While you may start to notice results after your third treatment, the improvement continues for two to three months after a series of five weekly sessions, and results typically last up to two years.
Some of the treatments above can produce results in as little as a week or less, but here’s a word to the wise: schedule your consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon as early as possible, so you can have a wider array of options available and so that you can plan your appointment(s) for the ideal time window. Call us today to set up your consultation. Or, for more plastic surgery information, anti-aging tips, and monthly special offers, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.