Every year, just before the holidays, I vow to plan ahead so that I won’t be so stressed out. But every year I end up waiting until the last minute to get things done. There’s just so much going on: work, school plays parties, office gatherings, gift-buying, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s. Who can manage to look refreshed during all of these holiday festivities? And why is it that as women, we usually put ourselves last? Why do we all try so hard to be supermom? We want to make everyone else’s holiday season special, but we need to take care of ourselves as well.
So, what can you do to give yourself a quick pick-me-up for the holiday season? My recommendation is Dysport – a product that will make you look fresh and rested, even if you aren’t. Like Botox, which was FDA-approved in 2002, Dysport uses botulinum toxin to relax facial muscles and lessen the effects of wrinkles. Dysport has been around for over 20 years, but the FDA only approved its use to slow the effects of wrinkles in 2009. Dysport is typically injected in the forehead, crow’s feet, and glabella (the area between your eyes and above your nose). Prices vary depending on the patient’s needs, but Dysport typically costs less than Botox, though both injectables can last anywhere from three to six months. The results can be dramatic but natural-looking. I recently had a patient tell me that her husband kept complimenting her, though he couldn’t quite figure out why she looked so good.
Fillers can also offer a quick holiday boost. Restylane and Perlane, which help to plump up your skin, are injectables that give instant results, require no down-time, and have few side effects. Over time, you begin to produce more collagen, which can lead to more elasticity in your skin. It’s about lifting and filling in all of the facial areas that are heading south due to the aging process. These fillers, made from hyaluronic acids, can help you maintain a younger, more refreshed complexion.
Because the holidays are already here, I recommend getting your treatments within the next week or two. This is a crazy and busy season, but that’s part of the fun! Remember to stop and enjoy the special moments with family and friends. You may be tired on the inside but after a quick trip to the doctor, your face will be glowing with the holiday cheer!