Over time, several changes can occur to your skin to make you look older. It’s not just wrinkles that age you, it’s also changes in your skin’s texture and tone. When you want to impress at an event, whether it’s your own wedding, a high school or college reunion, or a child’s graduation, considering a variety of skin rejuvenation treatments can help. You might not have the time for or be ready for surgery, but a treatment such as laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel can be just what you need to take the years off and look your best.
Laser skin resurfacing can help to reduce or undo the damage caused to your skin by the aging process and years of sun exposure. As you get older, hyperpigmentation, or spotting, becomes more common. Your skin is also likely to develop a rough or uneven texture, the pores might get bigger, and fine lines and wrinkles can develop. Laser treatments help to reverse those signs of aging by stimulating the production of collagen beneath the skin and by exfoliating the top layer of skin cells. Fractional laser treatments do all of this without damaging the outer surface of the skin, so you have a shorter downtime compared to traditional treatments.
That said, you still want to get the timing right when scheduling a laser treatment before a big event. Usually, you’ll have a few days of crusting and redness after treatment, so it’s not something to leave for the night before your wedding or party. Allow for at least a week of a downtime after treatment. To be on the safe side, and to make sure that you’re fully healed and that you’re seeing the results of your treatment, it’s best to schedule your laser treatments at least four weeks before a big event. Since many people need a series of treatments to get the best results, it’s ideal that you schedule your first treatment four months before the big day and see where things go from there.
Botox has become a standby anti-aging treatment for many people. It’s one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments available. If you’ve got wrinkles on your forehead or near your eyes that have developed after a lifetime of smiling, laughing or making other facial expressions, Botox is the quickest way to treat them.
The injectable works by keeping certain nerve signals from reaching certain muscles. Until it wears off, you aren’t able to make the movements associated with certain wrinkles, such as the frown lines between your forehead or your crow’s feet beneath your eyes.
Typically, Botox lasts for about three months, so you don’t want to schedule your treatment more than three months before a big event. You also don’t want to schedule it too close to the time of an event, since the substance takes a few days to take effect.
To allow time for it to take effect and for any bruising or redness to fade, it’s a good idea to schedule your injections about two weeks before an event. If you’ve never had Botox before, you might want to schedule a trial run four months before a big party or occasion. That way, you can get a sense of whether you like the results or not. If you don’t like them, you have plenty of time for the injectable to wear off before your big day.
Instead of laser skin resurfacing, you might consider a chemical peel as a skin rejuvenation treatment before a big event. While a laser treatment uses laser light energy to exfoliate the skin and improve texture and tone, a chemical peel uses a chemical solution, usually an acid, to resurface the skin.
The depth of chemical peel depends on your particular needs and the type of solution used. Stronger peels typically use phenolic acid while mild or light peels use alpha hydroxy acid. A light peel might be able to subtly improve your skin’s texture while a deeper peel will help to minimize deeply set lines and wrinkles and remove spots or hyperpigmentation.
When to schedule your peel depends on its strength. The deeper the peel, the more time you’ll need for recovery. Lighter peels have fewer effects and a shorter downtime. In the case of the deepest peels, you might need as long as two weeks of downtime before you can get back to your regular life.
Botox works on those wrinkles created by repeated facial movements over time. Injectable dermal fillers work on those wrinkles that form as a result of the effects of gravity or a loss of skin volume. Unlike Botox, which needs a few days to work, dermal fillers, which include brands such as Radiesse, Restylane, and Juvederm, provide instant results.
How long a filler lasts depends on what it’s made out of and it’s thickness. Many last for at least six months, while some last for up to two years. Although they do provide instant results, it’s a good idea to allow a few weeks or even up to a month between your treatment and your big event. That will give your filler time to settle, any redness or bruising time to fade, and you time to decide if you like the results or not.
Do you have a big event coming up in Ohio? Talk to Dr. Stephen P. Smith, a board certified, fourth-generation facial plastic surgeon. He’ll discuss your skin rejuvenation options with you and help you to pick the treatment or treatments that best suit you. Call 614-245-4263 to schedule a consultation today.