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Beat The Clock With A MedSpa Makeover



TWO TO THREE WEEKS OUT

Fillers: Juvederm, Restylane, Vollure— there are lots of options these days for plumping your lips and filling in areas on your face that have lost volume due to diminished collagen production. Dermal fillers are also great for scars and wrinkles. And as a bonus, results can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months. “Fillers such as Vollure can provide a natural, soft, and immediate difference,” said Peter Capizzi, MD, a double board certified cosmetic surgeon practicing in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Laser Hair Removal: Who has time to shave when there is all that cooking, decorating, and wrapping of presents to do? Take shaving off the table by undergoing laser hair removal. To achieve full effectiveness, a course of six or more treatments will be needed, but at least it will help slow down hair growth immediately.

Chemical Peels: “Chemical peels are a great quick and easy treatment that can be personalized to address a variety of complexion and skin tone issues,” said Stephen T. Greenberg, MD, a nationally renowned cosmetic plastic surgeon based in Southampton and Woodbury, Long Island, and Manhattan, New York. “While some [peels] can be quite drying, others are perfect for those cooler months and can be performed just before the holiday season to achieve a smooth and glowing complexion.” Chemical peels can treat sun damage and skin discoloration, improve skin elasticity, exfoliate the skin, increase cell turnover, reduce pore size, control breakouts, and improve skin’s color, tone, and texture.

Microneedling: “Microneedling is also a great option for patients in the weeks leading up to the holiday season,” Dr. Greenberg said. “This minimally invasive medspa treatment

is designed to stimulate the body’s own natural collagen production, providing for skin tightening with very minimal recovery.” Combine microneedling with a “vampire facial” (which injects your own platelet rich plasma into your skin) for even better results.

ONE TO TWO WEEKS OUT

IPL: “Leading up to the holiday season, most patients are concerned with how to look younger, and my answer consistently is ‘let’s get rid of the sun damage,’” said Dr. Greenberg. Intense Pulse Light (IPL) can do just that by zapping those red and brown spots on your face. IPL is also a good treatment option for large pores, rosacea, age spots, and broken blood vessels. Keep in mind, those brown spots will get darker before they eventually slough off.

Botox: Got wrinkles? No problem. “Botox uses a natural protein to smooth out frown lines that are typical between the eyebrows as people age,” said Dr. Greenberg. “It can also diminish the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and in the forehead area.” Sessions usually last about a half hour and results can last for a few months.

LAST MINUTE FIX

HydraFacial: A HydraFacial is always a fantastic option for patients who are looking for a quick skin tune-up before a big event or holiday party. “With no downtime, a HydraFacial will clean out a patient’s pores, reduce irritation and inflammation, exfoliate dead skin cells, and most importantly offer a patient glowing and hydrated skin,” explained Dr. Greenberg. “This new-age facial can also infuse your skin with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and peptide blends that can be customized to meet the specific needs of each patient.” You can even get a HydraFacial 24 hours or less before a big event!

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