Thanksgiving is a great time to pause and reflect on all the things you’re grateful for. Big things like family, friends and health, of course. But also little things, like nonsurgical cosmetic treatments that make a big difference in how you look and feel. While you’re reflecting on all the good stuff in your life, these “lunchtime rejuvenation” procedures may just give you something else to be thankful for.
1. BOTOX® and Dysport®
BOTOX and Dysport both work by relaxing the facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles. These injectable treatments are commonly used to treat crow’s feet around the eyes, “11” lines in between the eyebrows and horizontal forehead lines. Both Dysport and BOTOX are formulated with the same active ingredient, botulinum toxin. Dysport tends to work faster than BOTOX, but may also dissipate from the injection site more quickly. While they are very similar, one may be more appropriate than the other depending on your anatomy and your goals for the treatment.
2. PRP Facial Rejuvenation
Originally developed to treat arthritis, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy has now been incorporated into various beauty treatments with impressive results. After separating the plasma from your own blood, the plasma can then be used topically in combination with microneedling, or can be injected directly into areas of the face in most need of rejuvenation.
PRP facial rejuvenation offers a great way to rejuvenate your appearance without synthetic products.
3. O Spot Shot
The O Spot Shot is a revolutionary treatment that combines the benefits of PRP therapy with feminine rejuvenation. Using the same process of first separating blood and plasma as during PRP facial rejuvenation, the platelet-rich plasma is then injected into specific target spots around the vagina and vulva to help with issues like loss of sensitivity, inability to reach orgasm and painful intercourse.
4. SkinPen® Microneedling
Age, sun damage and poor skin care may cause you to have rough, uneven skin that can make you look older. The SkinPen works to stimulate your skin’s own natural rejuvenation process. Inside the device are 12 tiny needles which create controlled injuries on the surface of your skin. This encourages your body to produce new collagen and elastin. In capable hands, the SkinPen is able to achieve this without causing broken capillaries or other issues that may be more likely to occur with other microneedling treatments.
As we age, the loss of facial fullness can dramatically change the way our face looks. Dermal fillers are a teeny, tiny way to make a great big difference in how old you look. Fillers can be carefully injected to fill out hollow spots and lines in your face, restoring a more youthful appearance. Fillers can also help to create a more symmetrical aesthetic, delicately balancing out your facial features. Some popular fillers used as an anti-aging treatment include JUVÉDERM®, RADIESSE®, Restylane® and BELOTERO®.
While all of these little treatments can have a big impact on your appearance, subtlety is key when it comes to any kind of cosmetic procedure. These treatments should make you look like a refreshed and more youthful version of yourself. They should never result in someone looking fake or overdone. This is why it’s important to choose your practitioner very carefully. You can also do your part to ensure your best results by practicing good self-care, like avoiding too much sun exposure and eating well.
Dr. Jennifer Harrington is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. Harrington Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer the most advanced cosmetic and reconstructive techniques performed by a highly specialized all-female team of board-certified plastic surgeons and professional staff.