Get Ready for the Holidays with Injectables

The holiday season is a magical time—If you enjoy back-to-back social obligations, last-minute shopping trips, seeing that one uncle who always creeps you out a little bit, and numerous culinary misadventures. In other words, going into the holiday season without a survival strategy can set you up for a little thing we call stress.

One the best ways to manage holiday commitments (other than feigning madness to get out of them) is to remember to take some time out to pamper yourself. Doing this doesn’t necessarily require a big investment of either time or money. Instead, you can treat yourself to one of the so-called “lunchtime procedures” developed by cosmetic researchers in recent years. These injectable treatments, which range from muscle relaxers (Botox®) to collagen-boosting dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, etc.), can effectively turn back the clock on aging and much more.

How Are Injectable Treatments Used?

Injectable compounds can serve a wide range of different cosmetic purposes. Some of the most popular applications fulfilled by injectables include:

  • The reduction of dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are created by the creasing action of our facial muscles. As we get older and the amount of collagen in our skin decreases, our skin literally has a harder time “bouncing back” from normal facial movements. As a result, lines start to permanently etch their way around our mouths, between our brows, etc. Botox® halts this process in its tracks by temporarily “paralyzing” the muscles in problem areas.
  • The reduction of static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are directly caused by the loss of collagen. When collagen levels become sufficiently depleted, the skin grows looser. Eventually, it forms small “folds” that are visible as wrinkles. Injectable dermal fillers are used to both directly “fill in” these folds and to stimulate the production of collagen in order to gradually improve the volume of the skin in treated areas.
  • The treatment of acne scars. Dermal fillers, especially dermal fillers that contain microscopic supportive “beads” (like Radiesse) can be used to treat mild to moderate acne scars. These fillers will both improve the condition of the surface of the skin and provide support (via the microbeads) from below, raising indented scars so that they sit flush with the rest of the face.
  • The restoration of volume. As we get older, our skin volume decreases and our body fat tends to become more centralized, i.e., it leaves our hands, feet, and faces and collects around our abdomen instead. Both of these factors can create hollows under the eyes and cheekbones, in addition to making our lips thinner. Fortunately, injectable fillers can be used to replace this lost volume.

What Makes Injectable Treatments the Perfect Holiday Beauty Enhancer?

Injectable treatments are perfect for the busy holiday season because…

They Require No Down Time

You won’t have to take time off of work or eat into your paid vacation days after receiving an injectable cosmetic treatment. Because these procedures don’t require any special healing protocol, you can return to your normal activities right away.

They’re Affordable

The cost of most injectable treatments can be measured in the hundreds, rather than thousands, of dollars. You can, therefore, use them to give your appearance a great boost without completely blowing your holiday budget. Better still, many plastic surgeons are happy to help their clients secure financing. You can therefore probably pay off your treatment via a series of installments.

They’re Effective Without Being Obvious

Nonsurgical treatments tend to produce more subtle results than plastic surgery. Furthermore, their full effects usually manifest gradually over the span of one to three weeks. No one will be able to tell you’ve had a cosmetic procedure performed—all they will know is that you’re looking unusually radiant and fresh-faced. When you choose an injectable treatment, you won’t have to worry about the topic of you having “work done” coming up over Christmas dinner.

The only real downside to nonsurgical treatments is the fact that most of them aren’t permanent. Botox® can be expected to wear off after about three months, whereas most dermal fillers last for up to one year. On the plus side, however, many of them have a cumulative impact—meaning that if you get them re-applied regularly, they’ll gradually relax wrinkles and improve your skin tone. Most people who get regular Botox® injections, for example, only need them administered every six months after they’ve had a few treatments.

You know what this means: It’s time to create a new holiday tradition! By making a date with your plastic surgeon every year, you can keep your skin in tip-top condition.

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