Many of us want to look our best for Christmas and New Year and some of us may therefore consider having an aesthetic treatment. What type of treatment should we choose? Will there be enough time for our skin to heal and everything to settle? Here are examples of what’s available and how long it takes to see the final result of different aesthetic treatments.
Facial aesthetics that take 1-7 days to settle
When there’s only a few days before the event, we cannot have aesthetic treatments that have a major impact on the skin surface. Few of us wish to have swollen, red or irritated skin at Christmas or New Year. Nonetheless, there are still some great options for us.
A conventional facial, where the therapist cleanses, massages and pampers our skin with premium skincare products can provide a temporary clean and radiant skin. An exfoliator can remove dead cells on the skin surface to make it smoother and more radiant. As long as it is fairly gentle, it won’t take long for the skin to heal.
The effect of a facial won’t be long-lasting, but our skin will look more radiant and glowing – just in time.
Facial aesthetics that take up to 2 weeks to settle
With a bit more time, a couple of weeks or more, we have more options, such as filler treatments. If you thought fillers were mostly about plumping the lips and cheeks, things have changed a lot over the last few years.
Today, qualified healthcare practitioners have a holistic approach and use fillers to achieve minute changes – tweaks – to subtly refine, contour and enhance our facial features. The result can be so natural that no one will notice you have had an aesthetic treatment, but will perhaps comment that you look refreshed, youthful or well-rested.
Common side effects can be redness, tenderness and swelling at the treatment site that will take a few days to heal. For example, an under-eye filler, that reduces hollowness under the eyes, may need up to two weeks to settle.1 If we have a couple of weeks at our disposal, fillers can be a great option to look naturally amazing for Christmas and New Year.
Make sure you consult a qualified healthcare practitioner who can tailor the treatment to you and your individual needs and desires.
Facial aesthetics that take approximately 1-3 month to settle
Many aesthetic treatments for skin rejuvenation take quite some time to heal. This is because the whole purpose with the treatment is to induce a controlled damage on the skin surface and in deeper skin layers. The damage will trigger a healing response, where dead and damaged cells are removed and replaced with new cells.2
Examples of these kinds of skin rejuvenation treatments are chemical peels, lasers and IPL. Exactly how long it will take for the skin to heal depends of course on the extent of the damage. In general, the more damage, the better the effect - but there will also be more risk involved.2 A qualified healthcare practitioner will know what to expect in your individual case.
For those of us living in the northern hemisphere, the winter season is an excellent time to have aesthetic treatments. The sun is not so intense and there will be a lower risk for sun damage when our skin is sensitive after a treatment.
Skin stimulating injectables
For some facial aesthetics options, it may take even longer to see the final result and there may not be enough time to see the full effect by Christmas or New Year.
These kinds of facial aesthetic treatments stimulate the skin to rejuvenate itself from the inside, without inflicting a major damage on the skin surface. As it will take some time for the skin to renew itself, we will need a bit of patience for the result to become visible. With the gradual rejuvenation effect, the result will look very natural and no one will know we’ve had a treatment, only that our skin looks great!
Gradual effect with Sculptra®
One example of gradual skin rejuvenation is Sculptra. It’s an injectable treatment that stimulates collagen formation in the skin. Collagen provides support and structure to the skin, but the skin collagen content decreases with age, which can lead to loose and saggy skin.3,4 Sculptra can increase skin collagen with as much as 66.5 percent in three months, and can therefore have a substantial impact on skin firmness.5
Gradual effect with a skinbooster
Another example of gradual skin rejuvenation is a skinbooster treatment. As the name indicates, this kind of facial aesthetics boosts skin hydration and elasticity.6-8 The treatment also makes the skin smoother and more radiant.9 Just like Sculptra®, it’s an injectable treatment that does not damage the skin surface, other than pricks with a needle.
A skinbooster treatment can be performed not only on the face but on the neck, décolletage and hands as well. For this treatment we will also need a bit of patience, but the result is long-lasting. For example, when used on hands, improvements from Restylane® Skinboosters™ can still be seen up to 12 months after the initial treatment session.
Important considerations before facial aesthetics
Never rush into having an aesthetic treatment. We may want to look our best for a specific event, but aesthetic treatments should be based on careful consideration where all aspects are taken into account, not only the benefits, but the risks as well.
Only consult a qualified healthcare practitioner who has the appropriate training and expertise for the treatment and who can individualize the treatment to you.
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