Nip, Tuck, Party, These Are the Top Treatments for the Holidays
Posted by Molly Brown on Nov 1st, 2016
Getting ready for the holidays is never easy, but if your plans involve injectables or other treatments, don’t put off making those appointments.
“Bookings take off during the holiday season,” said Dr. Dara Liotta. “I would advise patients to plan ahead and know that they need to book treatments in advance to avoid disappointment.”
Here are the top 10 treatments RealSelf doctors are seeing in advance of this holiday season, with the recovery time they recommend for each.
Results: 3-4 days
Treatments that you can put off until the last minute, like Botox, have no downtime, but it does take a few days to a week to see effects. Increased demand also means it will be more difficult to sneak in for a “lunchtime” procedure.
“Botox is king,” Dr. Anthony Youn said. “The number of people undergoing Botox injections rises significantly before the holidays. We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people seeking Botox injections.”
Recovery: None to a week
Results: Immediate to 2 weeks
In other fillers, Dr. Youn says that Juvederm Voluma is “an easy way to plump up the cheeks and take off five to 10 years in 15 minutes.” Most patients will see volumizing effects right away, but doctors tell us on our site that it can take up to two weeks to see the full results. Depending on bruising and swelling, you might need up to a week of recovery time.
Recovery: 2-plus days
Results: Immediate to 1 week
Approved by the FDA this year, Volbella is an injectable filler that uses hyaluronic acid to increase lip fullness and soften lines around the mouth. Dr. Liotta suggests at least 48 hours to allow the swelling to subside. Results can last up to a year.
Recovery: None to 2 weeks
Results: 4-12 weeks
CoolSculpting is still one of the hottest treatments out there to destroy fat. Dr. Sheila Nazarian says this is an in-demand treatment at her practice, and while this fat-freezing device has no downtime, you should allow at least two weeks recovery time. Patients can see 20-30% fat reduction in a few weeks to three months, so it’s not a quick fix to fit into that cocktail dress either.
Recovery: 1-2 days
“About one in 10 people have minor sensitivity either during or up to 24 hours following the procedure,” Dr. Veytsman said. “The maintenance for this procedure is a diet consisting of clear or white foods for up to 24 hours…After about 24-48 hours, you can resume a normal diet.”
Home Fix: Crest Whitestrips
Results: 3-4 weeks (if worn for 30 minutes a day)
Don’t have time for an office visit? Dr. Veytsman said that Crest Whitestrips for people who would prefer to whiten at home is a quick fix. However, these results will not be as quick or dramatic as in-office whitening. It’s a good maintenance treatment, too.
“I love the ease of use of these and the ability to maintain a bright smile at home,” Dr. Veytsman said. “This definitely has its place in a whitening regimen.”
ProFractional Laser Peel
Recovery: 5-7 days
Results: 3-plus weeks
Call it the celebrity social effect, but this time it doesn’t involve a Kardashian or a Jenner. As a result of Chelsea Handler posting her ProFractional laser peel to Instagram, Dr. Liotta has seen a huge bump in requests for the treatment.
Results: 6-8 weeks to see full benefits
“Available in several strengths for different needs, this line of two-step peels uses varying levels of alpha and beta hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate skin and rejuvenate the complexion,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “These safe and easy-to-use at-home peels will help you achieve some immediate results, such as an instantly brighter complexion with a healthy glow.”
Recovery: 1-2 weeks
Results: 4-8 weeks
Kybella continues to be popular to fight fat under the chin, but results are far from immediate. Dr. Liotta says recovery time is at least one to two weeks for the swelling to come down. However this varies by patient and for the best results, you should get Kybella before Thanksgiving. And absolutely do not get Kybella a few days before a big event. Many people experience the dreaded “bullfrog” swelling effect.
Recovery: 2 weeks
Results: Up to a year
Surprisingly, Dr. Liotta told us that requests for rhinoplasty heat up. “My surgical calendar gets super busy before the holidays as people want to schedule their recovery time when the office is slow over the holidays,” she said. “It always surprises me that patients want surgery right before the holidays, but I guess it gives them time to lie low before going back to work with their new look.”
Breast surgery and augmentation
Recovery: 2-4 weeks
Results: 3-plus months
Dr. Youn and Dr. Nazarian said that the holidays are popular for more invasive surgeries, too. “Everything is busier this time of year, especially surgery,” Dr. Nazarian said. “People like to have surgery just before a work holiday so they can take advantage of that time to recover.”
Breast augmentations are up this time of year. Dr. Youn advises at least two weeks recovery, and Dr. Nazarian says to give yourself a month. “Anything worth doing requires some downtime,” she said. “That may be swelling, or bruising, or pain. They should plan their treatments accordingly.”
Recovery: 2-plus weeks (put it off until January)
Results: 3-6 months
“I typically recommend people avoid major facial surgery, such as facelifts, until after the holiday season,” Dr. Youn said. “It’s a perfect time to get away for a couple weeks to recuperate and allow swelling and bruising to resolve.”