GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF BEAUTY
By Waldo Acebo, MD
It is that beautiful time of the year again. A time we are looking to enjoy being with family and friends. A time to be grateful for what we have accomplished thought out the year. Now, you can do that looking magnificent, thanks to a wide range of non-surgical cosmetic procedures that are affordable, effective and safe.
Fraxel, a revolutionary treatment, uses pinpoint -laser beams to penetrate beneath the skin surface to eliminate old, damaged skin cells. It stimulates the body’s natural healing process, thus replacing damaged skin with fresh, glowing, healthy skin. It stimulates collagen production, reduces fine lines, and improves skin tone and firmness. You can expect two levels of results, immediate and progressive. Immediately after initial healing is complete, the surface of the skin will feel softer, look brighter, and more even tone. Progressive results occur over the next three to six months as deeper layers of skin continue to heal and stimulate collagen. Because some minor side effects, such as, dry skin, flaking and a bronzed appearance can be expected, you should schedule your treatment at least two weeks in advance your holiday celebrations.
If wrinkles around your eyes and forehead are too noticeable, Botox and Dysport injections can help you smooth them beautifully. This treatment is so effective and safe, that has become the number one cosmetic procedure in the world. It is administered as tiny and painless injections into your facial muscles, and it usually takes three to seven days to reach their full effect. You should plan for this cosmetic procedure at least two to three weeks in advance before any holiday event you are attending this year.
Most likely, you have heard someone mentioning words like Restylane, Juvederm and Radiasse. Cosmetic fillers are for the most part natural substances that are injected directly into creases and wrinkles on your face. They are very useful to plump the folds around your nose and mouth, your lips and sunken cheeks. They are a wonderful, subtle and inexpensive treatment to help you look 10 years younger instantly. Results can last nine to twelve months, and sometimes, even much longer. Although side effects are rare and minimal, you should plan as little as a week prior to any event to schedule your cosmetic filler procedure.
Chemical peels use a safe acid solution to exfoliate the outer layers of skin. Application can take as little as 5 minutes; and over the next few days, the upper layers of skin will peel, revealing newer, younger and smoother looking skin. A series of treatments, repeated every 4 to 8 weeks can reduce age spots, fine lines, acne scars, and wrinkles. Have this simple and inexpensive procedure performed 7 to 10 days before any major event; and you will receive lots of compliments about your skin this holiday season.
Often called a “power peel,” microdermabrasion blasts the skin with tiny crystals that exfoliate the outer layer. It reduces fine lines, brown spots, and mild acne scars. It can take 5 to 10 sessions, several weeks apart, before the effect is more dramatic, but improvement is clearly visible after the first treatment. Immediately following microdermabrasion, the newly revealed skin looks pink and feels tight, like sunburn. The irritation usually subsides in about 24 hours. Plan a week in advance to have this procedure performed before celebrating this Christmas.
Pulsed Dye Laser
Pulsed Dye Laser delivers an intense but gentle burst of light into selectively targeted areas of the skin. They are very effective to treat redness of the face and neck, Rosacea, sun/age spots, melasma, freckles, and face and leg veins. Laser treatments are safe, effective and convenient; and side effects such as minor redness, swelling and bruising, are minimal. They usually disappear within a matter of hours to a few days. To enjoy the great benefits of these lasers, you are encourage to schedule your appointment two to three weeks prior to your attending that special holiday event.
Get ready for the holiday season looking your very best. Give yourself the gift of beauty! There are many options you can choose from to turn back the clock and look radiant for your Christmas and New Year Celebrations!