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29Nov, 2016

Facial rejuvenation for the holiday season

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Facial rejuvenation for the holiday season

As 2016 comes to an end, an array of festivities will be in full swing. In the weeks ahead, holiday parties, family gatherings, and other celebrations will fill the calendar. With these social engagements some may wonder what facial rejuvenation treatments are doable during this time-frame — meaning, facial rejuvenation with little to no downtime. This is important because this is the hustle and bustle time of the year.

The good news is there is a roster of treatments which fit into this category.

Cosmetic Injections

While cosmetic injections are minimally invasive, treatments should be performed in a medical setting by a healthcare professional adept in facial anatomy such as a plastic surgeon or their aesthetic nurse specialist. Depending on the treatment chosen, results can be immediate such as a filler or appear days after the injection series such as Botox.

As one ages, they tend to lose volume around certain areas of their facial canvas such as their cheekbones. Created by Allergan, JUVÉDERM® Voluma™ is a cosmetic injectable gel which can help restore this volume in a subtle and natural-looking way. An injection series in the deep subcutaneous and/or supraperiosteal region provides cheek augmentation to the mid-portion of the face and Voluma patients note that their results can last up to two years.

Also by Allergan is JUVÉDERM®, another hyaluronic acid cosmetic injectable gel, which is a leading choice to lessen the appearance of nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

Quite new to the aesthetic world of cosmetic injections is JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC. This injection series specifically targets lip rejuvenation by adding subtle volume and lessens the appearance of vertical lines that occurs with age due to repeated muscle movement and solar exposure. Volbella which promotes both a youthful and subtle fullness offers results for up to a year.

One of the most popular cosmetic injections is Allergan’s Botox — another excellent choice for facial rejuvenation by minimizing the signs of aging in the following areas:

  • Horizontal forehead lines and wrinkles
  • Frown lines and wrinkles
  • Squint lines such as crow’s feet

As previously mentioned, it’s highly recommended to see a medical professional for these injections series. During a consultation, they will give their own recommendation after hearing the aesthetic wishes of their patients. The goal of all these injections is to have patients look refreshed with natural-looking results.

Skin Resurfacing

Chemical peels do a fine job in resurfacing the skin in terms of minimizing lines, diminishing age spots, and evening out skin tone. A chemical peel is a good choice if one is not attending an event for about 10 days. However, if this is not the case, another option is to schedule a Break Time Peel.

A Break Time Peel is a combination of dermplaning and a light chemical peel. Dermaplaning removes vellus hair and dead skin cells via a stainless steel tool and prepares the skin for the upcoming peel. Results from a Break Time Peel include the following:

  • Smoother skin texture
  • Improved skin tone
  • Produces and promotes collagen

In less than an hour, patients can return back to their day.

During this very busy time of the year, there is indeed an array of facial rejuvenation choices.

29Sep, 2016

A Break Time Peel Review

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A Break Time Peel Review

Since offering a “Break Time Peel” to our menu of nonsurgical antiaging services, our office has received wonderful feedback regarding this treatment protocol. In under an hour, our aesthetic nurse specialist, Elizabeth Reed, champions this visit which leaves patients looking luminous.

Recently Reed had the opportunity to perform a Break Time Peel on one of our patients, Christina M., 50.

“Elizabeth is my nurse injector for Botox, and I see her every few months for a touch-up. On my last visit with her, she mentioned how I may benefit from a Break Time Peel. I have had dermaplaning before but never a chemical peel in conjunction with it,” she said. “I decided to give it a try since Elizabeth also has me on a great SkinMedica routine. I trust Elizabeth, and she is a perfectionist.”

Before the treatment, Reed analyzed Christina’s facial canvas. She then prepared her face for the dermaplaning.

“I was used to this portion of the treatment. Elizabeth gently glides this stainless steel tool over my face,” Christina said. “There is no discomfort whatsoever and is quite relaxing.”

The dermaplaning removes vellus hair, also known as peach fuzz, as well as the top layer of dead skin cells.

Next came the light chemical peel.

“Elizabeth gently applied a topical ingredient. A small fan was placed over my face to lessen any tingly or burning sensation,” Christina said. “And even that was minimal.”

Elizabeth made a couple more passes with the topical chemical peel. She ensured Christina was comfortable by having the small fan rotating overhead.

“Elizabeth is so conscientious making certain I was comfortable,” Christina said. “The Break Time Peel lasted under an hour and before I left, Elizabeth applied sunscreen on my face and reminded me to always wear it when outdoors.”

A few days later, Christina has noticed a youthful skin boost. While her skin is visibly smoother, her facial canvas is brighter. And skin peeling is minimal.

“I absolutely love the results of the Break Time Peel,” Christina said. “This is something I am definitely going to do regularly!”