With the holidays approaching, there may not be enough time to take on an invasive procedure, such as surgery. So, what are the options for quick improvements to look your best?
1. Botox & Dysport are great and quick ways to soften the wrinkles between the eyebrows, the forehead and around the eyes. Plan the treatment one month before your event in case you need a touch-up, which is best done two weeks after treatment. There are also some additional applications of Botox that you may not be as familiar with: it can soften the neck lines, help with droopy corners of the mouth, diminish pore size and decrease sweating.
2. Dermal Fillers are another way to temporarily improve shadows, restore facial volume, contour and balance the facial features. Dermal fillers are best done 3-4 weeks before an event to allow everything to "settle" and look its best. When an artist paints an older person, they use shadows to achieve an aged appearance on a two-dimensional canvas. While fillers don't truly lift tissues vertically (as surgery does), they fill areas than have flattened or have become depressed and improve those shadows to restore a more youthful appearance. A holistic approach to the face is imperative to achieve natural results.
3. Lasers can also be used to brighten and tighten the skin. More aggressive lasers, like the CO2, require downtime to recover and a few weeks to see the results. However, there are other lasers that are less invasive. These lasers target more superficial skin layers and pigmentation to improve skin tone, texture, pore size and give a more youthful glow. For most such lasers, treatment can be done 10-14 days before an event. A few can even be done the same week for an instant boost.
Flora Levin MD, FACS
1391 Post Road Wast
Westport, CT 06880