Mini Procedures Just in Time for the Holidays

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.

Injectable Fillers

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.

Book Your Non-Invasive Treatment Before the New Year Today

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.


It wasn't that long ago when, if you wanted to make changes to your appearance, plastic surgery was the only option available to you. For example, if you had stubborn fat, you could choose to have liposuction. If you were unhappy about your nose's size or shape, you could choose rhinoplasty.surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure - how to choose

In recent years, non-surgical cosmetic treatments haven't become both available and wildly popular. In many cases, they've become more popular than their surgical alternatives. While for many people, non-surgical options will provide their desired results, surgery still remains a good pick for others. Here's how to tell whether surgery or a non-surgical option is the best choice for you.

How Much Time Do You  Have?

The amount of time you have to dedicate to the procedure itself and to recovery afterward can be a pretty significant determining factor when you're deciding between a surgical or non-surgical treatment.

Generally speaking, surgery is going to require more time on your part. Surgical procedures take longer to perform, in some cases, several hours. In contrast, many non-surgical options, such as injectable fillers, take less than 30 minutes to administer.

There's also prep time before the procedure and recovery time afterward to keep in mind. Depending on the type of surgery you're going to have, you might need to spend a few days or weeks getting ready for it. Preparation for surgery might include stopping or adjusting certain medications, quitting smoking or improving your diet.

Usually, there's very little or even no preparation required before a non-surgical procedure. The same is often true afterward. Many people can go back to their regular activities and lives immediately after Botox or another injection, for example.

Surgery often requires a significant recovery period. How long depends on the procedure and how quickly you "bounce back," but for the most part, you can expect to take at least a week off from work after a plastic surgery procedure.

How Dramatic Do You Want Your Results to Be?

Another thing to consider when deciding between surgery or a minimally invasive treatment is the type of results you're looking for. Surgical liposuction is often able to remove more fat from the body than non-surgical fat reduction treatments, for example. A surgical rhinoplasty is able to make more changes to the nose than a non-surgical nose job. A facelift can minimize severe cases of sagging while non-surgical skin tightening procedures usually can only help people with a small amount of skin laxity and sagging.

How Long Do You Want Your Results to Last?

Results from a minimally invasive procedure usually don't last for as long as the results from surgery. For example, injectable fillers can help to add volume to the cheeks for up to a couple of years. Cheek implants, on the other hand, are meant to be permanent. The results from a facelift can last for about a decade, if not longer, and the results from a surgical rhinoplasty can be permanent.

Do You Want Repeat Treatments?

Although minimally invasive procedures usually don't provide very long-lasting results, they are often repeatable. That means you can schedule an appointment for another round of fillers or Botox as the results start to fade.

For some patients, having to see their plastic surgeon on a regular basis, such as every few months, is worth the hassle, if they don't have to devote a lengthy amount of time to recovery. It all comes down to personal preference. Surgery can be a "one and done" option while non-surgical options can require frequent touch-ups or follow-ups.

Learn More About Surgical and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments Today

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 facial and body procedures. They can help you decide on the treatment option that will best meet your goals, and that will work with your schedule. To schedule your free patient consultation at The Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today

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