It’s almost the end of the year – time for holiday parties and a New Year’s Resolution for a bright new future.
What if that future is one where you’ll be looking more relaxed, slimmer and even younger? Thanks to advances in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures and laser assisted liposuction, a holiday makeover can have you facing 2015 looking better than ever.
Dr. Lisa M. DiFrancesco answers your questions about losing the lines and beating the bulge this holiday season – and beyond.
What are some ways to put on your best “holiday face” without surgery?
There are a number of injectables that can smooth wrinkles. Dermal fillers (also called facial injectables), such as Juvederm Voluma XC™, offer an almost immediate improvements in your looks without plastic surgery and without any down time. They are used to help give a lifted appearance to cheeks and to fill in lines around the nose and mouth.
BOTOX® is commonly used in both women and men to correct forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. It is carefully injected directly into targeted muscles where it blocks nerve impulses that cause lines to form. It doesn’t cause an expressionless face, but a more relaxed, less lined and younger look.
How long before you see results?
Within days, you may see a marked improvement in frown lines from BOTOX® although it takes one or two weeks to take full effect. Dermal fillers may cause slight bruising and swelling for a few days, but these can often be covered by makeup. It’s a good idea to plan your Botox and/or dermal filler treatment before holiday party, if possible.
Is there any relatively quick help for the battle of the bulge?
Absolutely. When difficult areas of fat don’t respond adequately to diet and exercise – for example, the dreaded “muffin top” or “love handles” — Smart Lipo can help smooth those bulges away. Smart Lipo uses laser assisted liposuction to permanently remove fat with minimal swelling and bruising.
How long after Smart Lipo can you see results?
It can be performed under local anesthesia and, because it causes less tissue trauma that traditional liposuction, there’s faster recovery. Patients usually return to work in one to three days and resume exercising in about two weeks.
Can any of these procedures be given as a holiday gift?
Yes. We offer gift certificates for these and a host of other cosmetic procedures and surgeries.