For many, the holiday season involves a great deal of travel, as well as reconnecting with family and old friends. Whether you are the one traveling or not, you may want to get a refreshed look for when you see your loved ones after an extended period of time.
There are many different anti-aging treatments available that can help turn back the clock for subtle but noticeable results. If you have been considering a minor anti-aging procedure for the holiday season, you might want to think about seeking professional advice and services as soon as possible. But why start more than a month ahead of time?
If you plan your treatments far in advance, you will have a much greater range of treatment options available to you. Treatments range in level of results, cost, and recovery, and the more time you have, the more options will be possible. Additionally, a provider’s time is limited, and it is easier to get a favorable time slot when you plan in advance. Here are some procedures that are great skin refreshers and produce subtle anti-aging:
- Botox injections (for dynamic wrinkles)
- Dermal filler injections (for lines, wrinkles, and volume loss)
- Pelleve (radiowave treatment for sagging skin)
- Chemical peels (overall skin quality)
- Prescription skincare products (such as the ZO line)
There are treatments available to suit almost every need, so try to learn as much as you can about your options before making a decision.
Many treatments are minimally invasive, but most require some recovery time, or at least a little change in appearance before the final results settle. For instance, even injectable treatments like Botox can take up to a week to start working. Botox users can resume normal activities immediately, but changes may not become obvious right away. You will need to give yourself enough time to heal following your procedure, whatever it may be, or you risk not having the results you want at the necessary time. Other procedures, like Pelleve, require no downtime, but improvement continues for up to six months, so it is wise to maximize the amount of time you will have following the procedure.
Sometimes, non-invasive treatments require more than one session to achieve the expected results. When this is necessary, the treatments are often spaced several weeks or months apart to allow the skin to heal and the changes to initialize. Sometimes, treatment series can take several months. Even completely non-invasive skincare systems, like the powerful ZO system of products takes time to start showing results. Patience and ample time are necessary in situations such as these.
Not all treatments will produce the same results for each patient. While many cosmetic treatments offer consistently top-notch results for patients, some will be disappointed with the results. If you give yourself extra time before the holidays to try out your treatments, you can make adjustments and try different options if you are not satisfied with your results.
Time to Research
It is not advisable to jump into a cosmetic treatment, no matter how minor, without doing substantial research first. While most procedures are very safe and involve only a small risk of complications, not everyone is a good candidate for a given procedure, nor will every procedure give each patient the same results. It is best to give yourself ample time to research, plan, and seek advice from a qualified professional.
The best resource, of course, is your current or prospective plastic surgeon, as these providers are highly qualified to give advice and administer treatments. When choosing a surgeon, remember that even minor procedures require skill and finesse, and should only be performed by a board certified, skilled, and experienced plastic surgeon.
Starting Your Search
Now is the perfect time to start consulting with plastic surgeons about anti-aging and skin refreshment procedures for the holiday season. You have the opportunity to meet with several surgeons and decide who will be the best choice for you.
If you are ready to begin your consultations, then come meet with acclaimed facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover, of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA. Dr. Bentkover is board certified, skilled, possesses over 25 years of experience, and offers a range of effective, technologically advanced skin rejuvenation options. If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet Dr. Bentkover, call either location today to set up your consultation.