Christmas is just around the corner and with the festive season well and truly underway, you may be wondering how you can look your best in time for the big day. Thankfully, there are a number of non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures that you could fit in before December 25th, with enough time to heal and settle too. Here, we have compiled three of the best cosmetic procedures that you could opt for, so you can feel rejuvenated and confident in good time for your festive celebrations.
PRP, otherwise known as ‘platelet-rich plasma’ hair transplantation, is a non-surgical treatment to help with the growth of natural-looking hair. Designed to rejuvenate your scalp and provide a better basis for hair growth, this is one of the more natural remedies available for hair loss.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
Platelet-rich plasma can help to promote healing and in turn encourage hair growth. By targeting the hair follicles that already exist, it stimulates the growth of the hair which is ideal for those who are already in the early stages of hair loss. It can also be used to improve the results of a hair transplant but is also available on a single-procedure basis.
What Is PRP Therapy?
Blood plasma has a very high concentration of healing platelets and PRP therapy involves using this to enhance the health of your scalp. The procedure entails blood being extracted from the patient, which is then processed and spun in a centrifuge and then injected back into the scalp. With the help of tiny needles, the plasma that is reinjected targets any existing hair follicles to enhance their strength and overall health.
Is This Treatment Safe?
Understandable, patients looking to undergo PRP injections will be concerned about any potential risks, but one of the unique points to consider is that these particular injections actually have a very high success rate and very few side effects. Due to the non-surgical element, there is minimal risk of any infection, and the healing process is much faster than other hair transplant methods, meaning you can be ready and raring to go by the time Christmas rolls around.
PRP injections are only in their infancy when it comes to hair transplants, though the results have so far proven to be very efficient. PRP therapy is a safe treatment, not least because cells from the patient are used, which means that the chances of infection and rejection are hugely minimalised, thus making it one of the safest treatments around.
Dermal fillers are another treatment that you can fit in before Christmas and ideal for a quick solution to fine lines and wrinkles. Whether you are looking to enhance your facial volume, want more defined lips or need any fine lines or wrinkles smoothed out, this is the non-surgical treatment for you.
If your face has lost some elasticity, dermal fillers are a beneficial way to lift and plump the problem areas. Losing firmness of the skin as we age is perfectly normal and it occurs due to the reduction of collagen production in our skin, however, dermal fillers can help to reduce signs of ageing for those wanting to keep their youthful glow.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Hyaluronic acid is produced in our skin to repair damaged tissue and it’s this substance that is found within dermal fillers. When we age, the natural production of this is lost and so by injecting more of this into our skin, we can retain and enhance youthful elasticity.
With the procedure only taking between 30-45 minutes to complete and very minimal downtime, this makes a great non-surgical treatment to undergo before Christmas, ready for the countless photos and home videos.
Are There Any Risks Of Dermal Fillers?
Before your surgeon begins your treatment, he/she will discuss the risks that the use of dermal fillers holds so you can better prepare in advance. These risks could include:
- Redness to the injection area
- Under/over correction of wrinkles
Please note that on some occasions, you will be required to undergo dermal filler treatment over more than one course. All of this will be discussed in your initial consultation and before and after treatment as necessary.
What Are The Benefits Of Dermal Fillers?
The versatility of dermal filler treatment means that it can be applied to a number of areas, including the jawline, hands, neck and face. This is also a safe procedure for the areas around your eyes, as it doesn’t cause any irritation. It can benefit the area by reducing dark circles and targeting the loss of volume.
After the treatment, you will be able to return to your daily routine in less than 24 hours – if not instantly. Dermal fillers don’t require any downtime, which makes it an ideal cosmetic procedure to fit in before Christmas.
Our final non-surgical treatment perfect for the run up to Christmas is a round of Botox. The more commonly recognised of the three, this procedure serves a similar purpose to dermal fillers in that it rejuvenates your appearance and offers you a far smoother complexion, free of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox ultimately improve signs of ageing, including sun damage, effects of gravity, wrinkles and fine lines.
How Does Botox Work?
The chemical acetylcholine present within our skin causes muscle contraction due to the electrical impulses it transmits. Botox ensures these are blocked using botulinum toxin, inserted into the muscles where the wrinkles occur through injections. This results in temporary paralysis of these muscles for roughly 3-4 months until the nerves re-grow.
What Are The Benefits Of Botox?
This cosmetic procedure has been chosen because it doesn’t require any downtime, which allows you to return to work or your daily routine immediately. The treatment itself is also short, with the average appointment taking just 30 minutes. There is no anaesthesia, but topical numbing cream may be available to minimise the discomfort of the injection.
You’ll see the results immediately, so you’ll be ready and raring to go in time to pop the turkey in the oven.
Are There Any Risks From Botox?
The risks from Botox are minimal and are limited to bruising, swelling and a small risk of bleeding. You might find that you require more than one course of the treatment, due to Botox not being permanent. In some cases, this can lead to the body resisting any treatment if the ‘top-ups’ are too frequent. As a result, you need to be careful of how many courses of the treatment you opt for, and speak to your surgeon for their professional opinion prior to making any decisions.
If you are looking for a cosmetic procedure before Christmas, these three treatments provide the perfect pick-me-up. Due to minimal downtime and pain, you can still prepare for the 25th December and feel more confident in time for the big day.