The holidays are here and you're probably drowning in a sea of party invitations and other festive events. In an Instagram and social media-fueled world, there's a good chance that at least one picture of you at a holiday event is going to show up online. You want to look as refreshed and rejuvenated as possible going into the New Year so that you don't have to chase after people asking them to "untag" you in a picture.
Since the holidays can be action-packed and hectic, you don't have the time to set aside for surgery and the recovery needed afterward. Luckily, there are several short and sweet procedures available that will refresh your look for the holidays, no lengthy recovery period needed. Here are just a few of the great options available.
As you get older, your skin doesn't "refresh" itself as it once did. Dead skin cells can linger on the surface, giving your complexion a dull, tired look. One way to remove the dead, old cells is with microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical treatment that takes less than an hour and doesn't require any recovery time. Many people jump right back into their regular activities immediately afterward. During the procedure, a plastic surgeon gently sprays aluminum oxide crystals across the skin. The crystals helps to exfoliate the surface of the skin, removing the old cells and allowing new ones to take their place.
Although the treatment doesn't require any downtime, some people do notice that their skin is slightly flushed for a few hours afterward. The redness usually fades away quickly.
You're likely to see results right after a single treatment with microdermabrasion. However, you're likely to get the best results if you schedule multiple sessions spaced a few weeks apart.
Whether made from hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxyapatite, injectable fillers can help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the face. They can also add volume to the cheeks and lips. Usually, the results from fillers last for anywhere from a few months to a couple of years. Your results depend on the type of filler you choose, where it's injected and your body's metabolism.
Results from fillers usually appear immediately after the injection. There's little to no downtime required, although some people do have bruising or redness at the injection site.
While fillers take care of wrinkles caused by the effects of gravity and volume loss, Botox temporarily resolves lines created by repeated facial movements. It's the ideal treatment for frown lines, forehead lines, or crow's feet.
Unlike fillers, Botox does need some time before it starts to work. This usually takes a few days to up to a week. With this in mind, it's a good idea to schedule Botox at least a week or so before a big event for the holidays. The results from the injections typically last for three months.
MINT, in this case, stands for "minimally invasive non-surgical thread." A MINT lift is a type of thread lift, but don't let that scare you. The MINT lift isn't the same as thread lifts of the past.
The MINT lift is an FDA-approved procedure that uses dissolvable barbed sutures to lift the structures of the face and to encourage the production of collagen. The sutures take about a year to dissolve. During that time, the body produces more and more collagen, helping to create a more lifted and younger look.
Recovery after a MINT lift is short. You might have some bruising and swelling and may need to take a day or two off from work. Some patients feel well enough to return to all of their usual activities right after the treatment.
It's worth noting that the MINT lift is typically recommended to people who are just beginning to show signs of aging, such as sagging skin. If you have a considerable amount of skin laxity, you might be better off scheduling a facelift or another surgical procedure after the holidays are over.
Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer a range of effective facial and body procedures. They can help you choose the non-invasive procedure that will help you achieve your goals for the holidays. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.