Quick Cosmetic Tips for the Holidays

holidaysAs the holiday party season approaches and New Year’s Eve galas loom, questions arise about which are the best beauty options still available and what’s the best use of your beauty budgets.

“Some options require a little recovery time, others take some time to see the desired effects, so now is a good time to be thinking about which procedures are best suited for you,” said Dr. Rod Rohrich, professor and chairman of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern.

If you’ve got a month before your occasion, options to consider include:

  • Identify some beauty care products containing Retin A to start a new skin care program for life
  • Latisse, an eyelash lengthener to improve eyelash length. Takes at least 4 to 6 weeks to see the effects.
  • A full face chemical peel can correct skin pigmentation and skin blotches, while refreshing your face and neck. Down time is 5-6  days and the effects should be noticeable in about 10days.

If the countdown is only two weeks away, consider:

  • Botox and Dysport for removing crows feet, reshaping the brows, softening frown lines
  • Fillers such as Juvederm to plumb up your lips
  • Facial fillers such as Radiesse to restore cheekbone highlights, and soften the nasolabial folds and  chin jowls

Often it’s a combination of facial fillers that can produce the best result, Dr. Rohrich noted.

A new injection technique that UT Southwestern Medical Center plastic surgeons are helping pioneer, outlined in a recent issue of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, is helping minimize brusing ,swelling and the discomfort as well as  speed up the process for facial injections.  The procedure combines lidocaine with injections of facial fillers to instantly minimize the pain and allows plastic surgeons to begin injection procedures without waiting for traditional anesthesia to take effect.

If you’ve got just a week before the event, consider:

  • Photofacial or Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments can treat sun spots, small veins, rosacea, and other forms of skin discoloration and refresh the face.
  • Facial or body massages

After the party, or even before, consider a massage.

“Massages don’t just feel good, they can help reduce stress that shows up in your face and body ,” Dr. Rohrich noted.

Then, start to think long-term about the way you want to look. Look in the mirror and list the top three things that bother you about your appearance as well as three things you like, Dr. Rohrich advises.

“While there are some effective “quick fixes” available these days, the best strategy is to schedule a consultation so you’re not restricted in your options. You can establish a more comprehensive, long-term strategy that targets your biggest concerns and ensures you’re getting the most out of your beauty budget.”

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas