The holidays are perhaps the most anticipated time of year, filled with gatherings, gifts and amazing food. But in addition to the fun and festivities, there is a certain amount of pressure to look your best.
Whether that’s about keeping up appearances at the annual work gala or heading off comments from that overbearing aunt, you might want to consider facial treatments before the holidays arrive.
Plastic Surgery or Med Spa?
When it comes to facial rejuvenation, there are two paths you can take: plastic surgery or med spa procedures. Which is right for you will depend on your needs and goals.
Whether you opt for plastic surgery or med spa treatments, you can transform your look before the holidays.
Plastic surgery delivers more dramatic results than most med spa treatments can offer. This means that if you are looking to address highly noticeable fines lines, wrinkles or the dreaded turkey neck, you will see more of a difference with surgical procedures. However, this does come with its downsides.
First, there is a recovery period with any surgery, and that means taking time off from work now. This could cut into the vacation time you have for the holidays. There is the fact that you will need time for bruising and swelling to go down, and there may not be enough time between now and your first family gathering.
Med spa treatments are minimally invasive and tend to come with little to no recovery period. Even those that do have a recovery period require only around 1 to 2 weeks of swelling or redness while your skin heals. The downside to med spa treatments is that their results aren’t as noticeable, and depending on the treatment, may take a few months or multiple sessions to develop.
Plastic Surgery Options
There is no limit on what you should and shouldn’t have done before the holidays. Because colder weather often means staying inside, the holiday season can be an ideal time for many surgeries. Common facial procedures to get in the fall and winter include:
- Neck lifts
- Brow lifts
- Eyelid surgery
Each of these procedures can help to reduce signs of aging, which many people find helps to also make them look brighter and more awake.
Keep in mind that you aren’t limited to just your face. You can look into body contouring plastic surgeries and treatments as well.
Med Spa Options
Should you decide that lengthy recovery periods aren’t for you, there are lots of med spa treatments to refresh your look. Whether you are prejuvenating or rejuvenating, the following treatments can help to give you a boost this holiday season:
- Skin resurfacing
- Fillers, such as Juvéderm®, Restylane® and Radiesse®
These treatments can help with everything from thin lips to fine lines and wrinkles, helping you tweak your appearance and build your confidence. Of course, not every treatment or surgery will be right for you. Before you settle on any specific plan for boosting your look this holiday season, consult with a qualified plastic surgeon.
Reo Pugao, M.D., D.D.S., FACS is a facial cosmetic surgeon who focuses on facial aesthetic procedures such as facelifts and brow lifts, as well as nonsurgical treatments like BOTOX® and fillers. Dr. Pugao joined Martin Plastic Surgery in 2019, helping men and women in Las Cruces, New Mexico and beyond look and feel like the best possible version of themselves through his perfected blend of highly-skilled technique and an artistic eye.