Four Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures To Help You Look Your Best In Holiday Photos
As the holidays approach, you’ve probably been watching your calendar fill up with parties and events geared towards connecting with those who are important to you. Whether it be co-workers you see everyday or family members who you see once a year, you will be spending lots of face to face time with all of the people in your life.
And you know what parties and get-togethers mean: Pictures! It’s important to capture memories of time spent with loved ones; but for some, the idea of getting pictures taken is stressful. Maybe you don’t want that cousin you haven’t seen in 2 years to see the new fine lines that have appeared around your eyes or the slight bags under your eyes. And you especially do not want those forehead wrinkles captured in a picture to be remembered for time immemorial. Is there any way to smooth those lines away and get your face picture ready?
There are multiple relatively inexpensive cosmetic procedures that are available that can give you that youthful glow with little to no downtime.
Dermal Fillers For Fuller Faces
As we age, our skin can become sallow and saggy. This can make us look tired and older than we feel. Fillers are a great way to plump and smooth out the skin to make us feel party photo ready.
Getting a dermal filler is a quick fix that will provide fullness to the areas of your face that are lacking volume or are showing fine lines and wrinkles. A dermal filler is injected underneath the skin to plump up and “fill” the area out. The most popular filler used is Hyaluronic Acid, a substance produced by our own bodies to help skin retain moisture. It works best to treat:
- areas around the corners of the mouth,
- wrinkles that start on the outside of the nose and stretch to the mouth
- loose skin
- thin lips
The results from dermal fillers can last up to 12 months.
Botox Injections For Reducing Wrinkles
Bad indoor lighting and poor flash photography can really highlight those lines between your eyebrows or those crows feet around your eyes. Botox is a great solution for wrinkles caused by muscle movement (like tensing your eyebrows together).
Botulinum toxin (Botox) works differently than dermal fillers because, when injected, it causes temporary paralysis in the muscles below the skin. This muscle paralysis smooths out the look of wrinkles. It is best used for:
- Horizontal wrinkles that form on the forehead
- Vertical lines between the eyebrows
- Crows feet around the outside of the eye
- Chin dimpling
- Horizontal neck bands
The results from Botox last around three to four months, but with repeated procedures the results begin to last longer with each treatment.
And P.S. if you suffer from Hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweat), Botox can help with that too. No one wants their underarm sweat immortalized in holiday pictures.
BroadBand Light Therapy For Your Youthful Glow
If you are camera shy due to redness and skin discoloration, BroadBand Light (BBL) therapy is a great option for you. It also helps plump up the skin as it encourages collagen production.
BBL therapy uses lasers to make your skin look radiant. The therapeutic-grade light energy gently warms the top layer of your skin and stimulates collagen production. After BBL, you skin will be smoother with a more even tone.
Both men and women with an array of skin issues can benefit from BBL! It’s used to treat:
- broken blood vessels
- sun damage
- unwanted freckles
Typically results will begin to appear 2-6 weeks after the procedure so you should plan ahead if you want to begin BroadBand Light Therapy. The best results are seen from repeat sessions.
Lip Augmentation For Perfect Lips
What’s better for a holiday photo than lovely, luscious lips painted Holiday Red. Most of us aren’t born with the famous pout of an Angelina Jolie or Scarlett Johansson. Which means that our thin lips can get even thinner as we age. But don’t despair! You can get a wonderful pout courtesy of lip fillers.
Fillers like Juvederm, are great for plumping out thinning lips, and after 24 hours your lips are ready for their photo shoots. Many people get their lips done while having Botox. It’s quick and relatively painless – and your lips are numbed up before the procedure. They will swell for the first 24 hours, so don’t make any plans that night. The fillers usually last for up to 9 months too.
For those wanting to be at the heart of the party and holiday photos, we invite you to simply come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Chang or one of the cosmetic laser and injection nurses to explore whether Botox, Fillers, BBL and lip augmentations are the right procedure for you. To find out if Aesthetica can help you, contact us online or at 703-729-5553 to arrange an appointment. Dr. Phillip Chang is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Northern Virginia near Leesburg, Virginia and an expert in a wide variety of cosmetic treatments.
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