START REJUVENATING EARLY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
It’s the end of summer and fall will be here soon. If you are like me, it’s time to start thinking about the Holidays. It seems they sneak up faster and faster every year. We’ve already made party plans, purchased airline tickets and made hotel reservations that will allow us to enjoy time with our families and friends.
Now is a good time to start rejuvenating yourself for all the parties and pictures that are on the horizon. Some rejuvenation processes take longer than others and most need time to take effect. I’d like to make a few suggestions on what and when you might think about getting started.
Skincare takes the longest time to show changes. With summer ending and fall starting, it’s a good time to begin getting your facial skin into shape. Starting a good skincare regimen now will give the products time to reverse some of the sun damage, dry skin, rough texture, wrinkles and pigmentation that might have developed over the summer. It can take several months using medical grade skincare products such as SKINMEDICA® and NEOVA® to work their magic. Corrective chemical peels need to be spaced at least a month apart. With an occasional microdermabrasion and a few chemical peels along with a good skincare regimen your face will be glowing in time for Thanksgiving.
If you want to accent your eyes with fuller, longer, darker eyelashes, start using LATISSE® now. Though most patients see changes to their lashes within a few weeks, Allergan recommends nightly use for up to 16 weeks for a maximum effect. Once the effect you want is reached, most can maintain their lashes by applying LATISSE® less often.
Plan your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments. Does your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment last 3 to 4 months? Do you have parties and events early in the Holiday season? Will you be traveling out of town for some of the Holidays? If yes to these questions, think about getting your treatment several weeks in advance of an event or traveling. It can take up to two weeks to see the full effect from a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment, and sometimes a touch-up is needed. Give yourself enough time to make sure you get the effect you want from the treatment.
If you feel that you are looking tired and haggard, think about dermal fillers. To give yourself a more youthful appearance, think about cheek augmentation with JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC or RADIESSE® (+). Both products help restore the volume loss that can occur from a normal aging process in the mid-face, but JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is rated as a two year product. Re-contouring your cheeks will highlight your eye area as well. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC or RADIESSE® (+) can also be used to reshape the chin and pre-jowl area.
JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC or JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS XC can be used to reshape your lips, fill in your nasolabial folds and eliminate your marionette lines. These signs of aging can be reversed for a year or longer with these dermal fillers. As there can be bruising associated with dermal filler use, it would be recommended to give yourself enough time for any healing process to be finished before an event. Also remember that pre-treating with arnica and avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen for several days before a treatment with any dermal filler may decrease bruising that could occur. If a bruise does occur, bromelain capsules may help it dissipate quicker.
One last area to think about rejuvenating is the back of your hands. If you have taken the effort to turn back time on your face, don’t let your hands give you away. RADIESSE® (+) received FDA approval this year for rejuvenating the dorsal surface of the hands – commonly referred to as the back of the hands. It is a quick and simple procedure and decreases the appearance of the tendons and veins that are seen on aging hands.
I hope this gives you something to think about doing for yourself to prepare for the Holiday season and some sense of a timeframe in which to do them. Please contact me if you have any questions or want more information on any of the treatments or procedures. I can be reached by email at [email protected], by phone at 602-296-4477 or come in for a Complimentary Consultation at Willo MediSpa, 201 E. Monterey Way, Phoenix, AZ 85012.
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