As much as we try, our lives are far from planned. Parties, festivals, get-togethers and just about anything else you can think of just popup! More often than not, there’s a slue of people you’d rather not see but that you want to impress. Getting ready for events like these is far from easy because we have to scramble to do all of our beauty tasks in such a short amount of time.
Lucky for us, there’s a number of quick-fixes that will prevent us from falling flat on our faces when it comes to shining at events.
Fillers need a bit of pre-planning because they require time to set in. Most plastic surgeons recommend that you schedule filler appointments a few weeks before an event. Two weeks is the perfect amount of healing time, which will allow for necessary corrections. You could get fillers just a few days before your event, but keep in mind that there can be some swelling and/or bruising for 1-3 days after treatment. Avoiding aspirin and other anti-inflammatories for a week before injection and taking arnica can help reduce swelling and bruising.
When making your filler appointment, it’s important to remember that they’re not a fix that will last a lifetime – the majority last for 6-12 months. However, it is recommended that you get them every 6-8 months to avoid the “needs filler” or “just had filler” looks.
Permanent hair removal procedures also require a little bit of planning. If you are looking to permanently remove hair in a certain part of your body, you should schedule your first appointment at least four months prior to the event, according to Elena Reyes, Licensed Master Esthetician. You will need anywhere from 4 to 6 treatments every four weeks.
The procedure is simple. Doctors recommend that the patient shave the area that will be treated the day before their appointment. It’s critical that the treated spots have hair in the anagen, or growing stage because hair needs to be growing and visible above the skin for the procedure to be effective. Unfortunately, not all hair can be in this stage at once, which is why patients have to receive multiple treatments. This treatment and this method combined yield a 90%-95% reduction of hair in the treated areas.
Light chemical peels have the ability to make your skin look healthy, young and fabulous. Dr. Reyes offers some great advice when it comes to chemical peels. She suggests that patients start a series of three to five treatments leaving two weeks time in between each. The two week break will allow for adequate cellular turnover and prevent the skin from becoming over processed. Lastly, the final chemical peel should be performed two weeks prior to the event. If not, the patient could still have redness and peeling.
Facials should be performed on a regular basis; however, if they aren’t, you should consider scheduling one prior to an event. They are key to maintaining a healthy, clear complexion and are a light treatment compared to most others.
Karolina Zissman, our European trained aesthetician, performs multiple aesthetic procedures that will make your skin look as youthful and glowing as possible. These are office procedures with no down time. She can even stimulate your facial muscles and collagen to create a firmer feel and look for that special event.
Facials should be done no later than one week prior to an event just in case your skin has a reaction to any of the products used. There are a number of different types of facials that focus on different parts of your complexion but I recommend getting an oxygen facial because it infuses the skin with antioxidants, making your skin radiate.
While fillers plump up depressed skin creases, Botox relaxes facial muscles that pucker the skin with expression. Think of your frown lines between the eyebrows, crows feet, and horizontal forehead lines. Judicious Botox injections can soften these harsh expression lines and make you look happier and more youthful. But remember that it takes 3-5 days for the Botox to work fully, so plan your treatment a few days before your event.
Some laser treatments might seem a bit extreme but it is important to remember that there are a number of different types that differ in severity, time commitment and results. You might want to consider a fraxel laser peel. The recovery time is less than a week and will leave you with great looking, healthy skin.
I know what you’re thinking – “there’s no quick fix?” Not necessarily but just a few weeks of planning can do wonders! It is best to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon if you are serious about any of these fixes.