It’s holiday party season – the time to shed all of those winter layers and show off that new sparkly dress or your festive velour jacket. You want to glow. But you need a few touch-ups to make sure you look your best for your office party or the big New Year’s bash. Learn how dermal fillers, chemical peels, laser therapy, and the HydraFacial can give your skin the holiday radiance you want to close out this year and ring in the next.
Want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on your face? Botox is a great option for smoothing out skin that shows the wear and tear of repeated muscle movement like furrowing your brow, frowning, or smiling. It has been approved by the FDA for eye wrinkle treatment (crow’s feet) and reduction of frown lines between the eyes. When injected into the facial muscles, Botox temporarily paralyzes and relaxes the muscles, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and in the forehead. Healthline reports that Botox (and other similar procedures) is the number one nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the United States. Botox is minimally invasive, requires practically no preparation, is a very quick procedure (around 10 minutes for 3 injections with a thin needle), and has practically no downtime and quick results (within 1-2 days). Another benefit of Botox is that its relaxing properties (lasting around 4 months) can help reduce the formation of new wrinkles, giving you smoother skin long after all of the holiday celebrations.
Another type of injectable that can give you smoother skin is a dermal filler. Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane are all hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that work to plump up cheeks and lips, smooth wrinkles, and contour the lines of your face. Their primary ingredient is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in your body that works to provide hydration, lubrication, and assistance in repairing damaged tissue. Hyaluronic acid works as a filler by the water in the acid plumping and smoothing areas where your skin has lost elasticity and tissue, such as your lips and the wrinkles that stretch between the corners of your mouth and the sides of your nose (called your “nasolabial folds”). They can also help lift your cheeks, level out the fine lines around your mouth, and bring a youthful appearance back to your hands. Like Botox, dermal fillers involve a quick procedure with rapid results and little downtime. They can provide results that last as long as 12 months, extending to 18 months if you get touch-up treatments. With dermal fillers, you can look amazing for your holiday party all the way through swimsuit season!
Chemical face peels work to exfoliate the top layer of skin to reveal smoother, healthier skin. They are used to reduce fine lines, spots and discoloration from sun damage, and scars caused by skin conditions like acne. There are three levels of chemical peels, each using an acid that penetrates varying levels of your skin depending on the potency of the acid. All chemical peels are done as an outpatient procedure, but deep peels are usually done in a surgical facility while light and medium peels are done in-office. Chemical peels require a longer recovery time than injectibles, although a light chemical peel has little downtime and almost immediately shows the results of skin that is more firm, smooth, and glowing. If you want to get a deeper peel, talk with your dermatologist about when to schedule your procedure so that your skin is recovered and showing the maximum results of the peel.
Have you heard of laser treatment for spider veins? Did you know that lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) can also work to remove fine lines, get rid of unwanted hair and even out skin tone affected by rosacea, sun exposure, age, freckles or birthmarks? Both laser treatment and IPL treat your skin by focusing wavelengths of light at a target area, like a hair follicle. The pigment cells in your skin absorb the light, which becomes heat that kills the pigment cells or hair follicles, effectively removing unwanted skin spots, spider veins, or hair. The treatments are minimally invasive and only involve mild discomfort. There is little downtime, but you should expect to schedule multiple sessions to get the desired benefit.
The HydraFacial delivers smoother, cleaner, more hydrated skin through a process that involves exfoliation through a mild chemical peel facial treatment, pore cleansing with a gentle vacuuming procedure, and infusions of moisturizers and antioxidants. The three-step process can minimize wrinkles and scarring, even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, and even treat some of the symptoms of acne. The HydraFacial is much more gentle than other skin treatments and can be modified to be used on all skin types for people of all ages. The procedure only lasts about 30 minutes and involves very little downtime. You will experience the best results for 7-10 days after the HydraFacial and can schedule multiple appointments for more extensive results.
Schedule a consultation with Vanguard Dermatology today to determine the best procedure to get your skin glowing for the holiday season. The experienced dermatologists at Vanguard in the greater New York City area will work with you to create a skin care plan that will leave you feeling confident and ready to celebrate.