Everyone wants to look their best during the holiday season as they attend parties and gatherings with colleagues, friends and family. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, leaving many to wonder if it’s too late to take care of those sun spots, jowly chins, marionette lines and other markers of age. Fortunately, there are many skin rejuvenating procedures that are minimally invasive and require little to no downtime, which means there’s still time to get glowing, beautiful skin.
New York City plastic surgeon Dr. B. Aviva Preminger offers the latest in anti-aging technologies and treatments designed to boost collagen production, erase wrinkles and plump up skin — many of which can be performed on your lunch break! Here are some of the most popular facial rejuvenating treatments requested before the holidays.
Exfoliating chemical peels
Chemical peels are the go-to procedure for helping correct sun damage and pigmentation irregularities. Formulated with varying concentrations of alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA), mandelic acid or glycolic acid depending on your skin type and desired results, this lunch-hour treatment also reduces the appearance of large pores and fine lines. Chemical peels gently exfoliate the outer surface of the epidermis, revealing soft, dewy skin. Lighter peels involve a day or two of redness and minimal peeling, while stronger peels with trichloroacetic acid will deliver more dramatic results, but with a slightly longer recovery time. For tighter, softer and smoother skin that glows, chemical peels are a safe and effective option.
Botox is one of the most requested rejuvenating treatments for good reason. It works wonders for smoothing away crow’s feet, eliminating worry lines between the brows, and banishing forehead wrinkles that add years to your appearance. The injections are virtually painless and within 4 days the furrows and wrinkles disappear as muscle contraction is stopped. Better yet, Botox is very well tolerated and few patients experience swelling or bruising, which fades within a few days. For a quick pre-holiday touch-up, Botox is highly recommended.
Laser technology has evolved significantly over the past decade, with newer non-ablative devices that target specific areas of skin. Fractional skin resurfacing is not a lunch-hour treatment, but is still performed on an outpatient basis. The treatment heats up targeted areas of damaged skin, thus promoting the healing process and more collagen production. Recovery can take 7-10 days depending on the treatment, after which patients will see a notable improvement in fine lines, acne scars, sun spots and overall skin quality.
Hooded eyes, loose jowls and sagging skin can make you look worn down. If you’re not ready for a face lift, Thermage may be excellent alternative to improve the appearance of aging skin. This revolutionary treatment uses radio frequency energy to heat and cool the skin, which helps to tone as the collagen is immediately tightened. Most patients with moderate wrinkling and skin laxity will benefit from just one session, and there is absolutely zero downtime.
There’s been a lot of buzz about the “liquid facelift” with dermal fillers. While the results of facial fillers aren’t as dramatic or long-lasting, they do provide instant volume and lift in areas that have become hollow or sunken. Products like Radiesse, Belotero Balance and Juvederm are formulated for specific zones of the face: whether you need to fill in smoker’s lines, nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth, or rejuvenate the cheek contours. Results can last upwards of 18 months, and the injections take less than 35 minutes.
Whether you are ramping up for a holiday party or just want a more youthful appearance, Dr. Preminger is proud to offer her patients the safest and most effective skin care treatments. Book a private consultation by calling 212.706.1900.