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Look your best this holiday season with simple cosmetic procedures

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Reflections for Botox injections.
Reflections for Botox injections.

Everyone has a photo of themselves that was snapped during a holiday celebration that they would like to banish from all family photo albums. Maybe it was taken from a bad angle to reveal a less-than-shapely neckline or perhaps the lighting emphasized laugh lines or forehead wrinkles.

It can be relatively easy to ensure that this year’s snapshots are all magazine-worthy. However, it definitely takes some planning ahead.

First, identify which procedure is most appropriate for you by consulting with a trusted, accredited professional. Once you and your healthcare provider have determined which treatment will help you feel confident in front of the camera, schedule an appointment that will leave you plenty of time to heal and recover before any important holiday events.

If you’ve chosen Botox injections to help smooth out facial wrinkles, you’re in luck because results are instant. Your professional will have some post-treatment tips for you, and you may experience some redness at the injection site. As a result, you may want to schedule your appointment at least one day prior to any parties.

Dermal fillers to plump lips, smooth wrinkles or give volume to cheeks are a little more complicated when considering the number of treatments available – such as Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra and Radiesse. Dermal fillers typically require no recovery time, but some can leave bruises that may last for a few days. Additionally, treatments that last longer sometimes result in soreness in the affected area, so it’s a good idea to discuss these factors with your trusted professional.

Laser skin rejuvenation can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, creases, age spots or sagging skin, as well as hide the signs of rosacea, acne and melasma. Choosing which form of treatment will require an in-depth discussion regarding your expectations and any special needs or caveats you may have. In general, these procedures take about a week before results are visible and optimal.

If you plan on wearing skirts or dresses during the holidays, you may consider leg vein treatments to eliminate spider or varicose veins. While the procedure takes only a short amount of time per session, it may take several appointments in order to completely eliminate visible veins, depending on the severity. Additionally, these sessions may need to be spaced out over several weeks.