Timing your aesthetics treatments well can make a big difference. Regular maintenance or preparing for a special occasion can benefit from good timing.
Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® take two weeks to take full effect. If you receive your treatment on a Monday hoping to look “relaxed” by the weekend, you will be disappointed. For special occasions, I recommend doing the treatment approximately a month before the big day so that if any touch ups are required at two weeks there is time for that to kick in as well. This also allows time for any bruising that you may experience to fade.
For fillers I think a month ahead is also a safe timeframe, for the same reasons. I have had experiences with patients who have a treatment too close to a special occasion (against my better judgment) and THAT is when they get the biggest bruise ever! I personally will not do treatments close to a special occasion anymore, I like to allow time for any negative side effects to resolve.
If you are wanting to improve pigment and texture issues before a special occasion I recommend allowing up to 6 months to complete a series of treatments to improve the appearance of the skin. For instance, 3-5 IPL’s (depending on the extent of the sun damage) are ideally completed 4-6 weeks apart. This would be a similar schedule for a series of skin peels. More aggressive laser treatments would also benefit from a 6 month window to allow the skin to heal and the collagen to build (collagenases).
For those seeking a last minute “pick me up” there are facials, such as Hydrafacial MD®, that can brighten up your complexion with no down time.
Your provider can discuss a plan to address your issues and goals. Together, you can come up with a plan that allows appropriate timing for the best outcome!