Everyone likes to look and feel their best for special events and occasions. Unfortunately, skin problems, dullness, and signs of aging can make you look and feel tired, weathered, and less youthful than you would like.
Fortunately, there is now a large range of non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures available to help refresh your skin for a big event, or simply as a treat to yourself. No matter what your age, there is a skin pick-me-up that is right for you. Here are some options for temporary skin rejuvenation you might want to consider.
The classic anti-wrinkle treatment, Botox offers patients great results with an excellent safety record and no downtime. Botox has been used by millions, and was the most popular non-invasive cosmetic treatment in 2013. The formula works by using purified botulinum toxin to limit the movement of facial muscles. This temporarily eases "dynamic" wrinkles, which are caused by repetitive facial movements over time. The effects of Botox last about three to four months, and injection takes only a few minutes. If you are considering the treatment for a special event, it is usually best to have the injections performed a few days or weeks in advance, in case of minor bruising or redness in the treated area.
Though dermal fillers are injected in a quick and simple procedure to ease wrinkles much like Botox is, that is where the similarities end. Dermal fillers are often made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring skin component, and are used for augmentation or to fill in "static" wrinkles and fine lines caused by loss of elasticity and volume in the skin. There are a wide range of fillers available, with slightly different purposes. Fillers can help rejuvenate the face for six to 12 months, on average, though some last longer. Only a plastic surgeon can advise you on which filler is appropriate for you. As with Botox, it’s a good idea to allow a little time between your treatment and your event for best results.
Chemical peels are a customizable procedure that can refresh the skin and encourage cell turnover for a brighter, smoother complexion. Chemicals of varying strengths are applied to the face and left on for a controlled period of time. The skin is then neutralized, and during the next few days after treatment, the old skin peels off, revealing fresh, new skin. Depending on the depth of the peel, redness and swelling may persist for a while following treatment. Most chemical peels do not require time off works, but the results are not instantaneous.
Microdermabrasion is a professional exfoliation procedure that uses fine aluminum oxide crystals to sweep away the top layer of dull, damaged and dead skin to reveal a fresher, brighter complexion beneath. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that should be repeated several times for good results. Because of this, you may want to start the process well before your special event. Microdermabrasion suits busy lifestyles well, and can help with problems like sun damage.
There are many different types of laser treatments available, some of which involve little to no downtime. Other techniques are very in-depth and can require a week or two of downtime, but produce dramatic results, helping to soften lines and wrinkles, refresh the skin, reduce the appearance of veins, and treat pigmentation problems. Because laser treatments vary so much, it is a good idea to seek advice from a plastic surgeon as soon as you can if you would like to refresh your skin for an event.
How Much Time Do You Have?
One of the biggest factors in planning your treatment for a special event is how much time you have before the big day. You will want to allow ample time to heal if you are choosing a more invasive treatment, so the time you have before the event may limit your treatment options. If you want to maximize your chances for success, book your consultations at least a couple of months in advance so you can make an informed decision and schedule your treatment with plenty of time to spare.
Another factor to consider when choosing your treatment, of course, is cost and value. Many treatments have a lower up-front cost, but must be repeated at regular intervals to maintain results. If you are looking for rejuvenation just for a specific event, this may be a good option for you. However, if you would like more dramatic or long-lasting results, you may want to choose a more invasive treatment. Fortunately, there are great, safe, effective options to suit most budgets.
Assess Your Options
You don’t have to run from the camera at your event! Not sure which treatment may be best for your needs? Only a qualified doctor can help you choose the procedure to suit your lifestyle, skin, and budget. If you need advice on your options, then come to Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery to meet with an expert and discuss your needs. During your consultation, you will get an opportunity to discuss different treatments, assess your candidacy, and ask questions. Our skilled and professional staff has the experience and knowledge to help you look your best for your event. Call Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery at 866-487-3223 in Birmingham or Dearborn, Michigan, to schedule your complimentary consultation.