Cosmetic Procedures During the Holidays? 10 Tips for Your Patients

Rod J. Rohrich, MD


December 21, 2017

The holidays are rapidly approaching. It's the season to be with family and friends, and it's also a time when many people want to look and feel their best as they enjoy parties and other events. New Year's resolutions are looming, too, and many people's thoughts turn to improving their appearance.

At this time of year, some of your patients may be considering altering their appearance. Here is a list of tips to share with those who are interested in looking better or having cosmetic procedures during this time.

10 Ways to Improve Your Appearance for the Holidays

  1. Drink responsibly, eat healthy foods, and maintain a proper exercise regimen. If you attend a holiday party, limit and pace your alcohol consumption. (And, if course, if you consume alcoholic beverages at these events, please do not drive; take a taxi or share a ride home.) Substitute alcohol for flavored soda water or juices with nutritional value. There is a tendency to eat excessively over the holiday season, so the key is to drink at least 2-3 glasses of water before events, as this will help reduce your appetite. Limit your carbohydrate intake and focus on a diet high in fiber and protein. Keep a log of your aerobic and anaerobic exercise program for 5 days per week (20-30 minutes per session).

  2. Soften wrinkles around eyelids and forehead areas using a neuromodulator (eg, Botox®). Keep in mind that it takes 3-5 days to see the effect.[1]

  3. Restore sagging cheeks and hollow temples, and correct your jawline fullness, with your own fat[2] or use an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler[3,4] (eg, Restylane®, Juvederm®, or Voluma™). These are all considered safe, absorbable, and reversible. These fillers will help you look younger and less tired.

  4. Plump up lips to restore the upper and lower lip shape and contour with a soft FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler[3] (eg, Juvederm® or Restylane® Silk). Do not overdo it, in order to maintain a youthful, natural look. (Never use a permanent filler in the lips or face.)

  5. For a facial filler or Botox®, make sure you see a board-certified cosmetic physician from one of four core specialties: plastic surgery, dermatology, facial plastic surgery (ear, nose, throat), and oculoplastic surgery. These physicians are fully trained in the use of only FDA-approved facial fillers and neuromodulators (eg, Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®).[5,6] The American Board of Medical Specialties website provides information on physicians who are board certified. Know who your cosmetic physician is before you go see him or her!

  6. To minimize a "turkey-gobbler" neck, use a noninvasive technology that melts fat (eg, Kybella®[7]) or one that freezes and then removes it (eg, CoolSculpting®[8]).

  7. Follow a good skin care regimen. Always use a sunscreen with SPF >30 during the day, no matter where you are, to protect your skin from sun damage from UVA and UVB light. Use a retinol agent daily (eg, Retin-A®), as it is the only scientifically proven agent to have a long term antiaging effect on the skin.[9]

  8. Remove and diminish thigh cellulite with minimally invasive technology (eg, Cellfina®, Cellulaze™, or Body-fix).[10]

  9. Remove and diminish troublesome red spots in the face and neck area with an intense pulsed-light device.[11] The treatment has minimal downtime but requires several treatments.

  10. Restore youthful-looking hands by having your own fat or Radiesse® (calcium hydroxyapatite)[12] injected into the top of the hands.

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