For a facial filler or Botox®, make sure you see a board-certified cosmetic physician from one of four core specialties: plastic surgery, dermatology, facial plastic surgery (ear, nose, throat), and oculoplastic surgery. These physicians are fully trained in the use of only FDA-approved facial fillers and neuromodulators (eg, Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®).
- Drink responsibly, eat healthy foods, and maintain a proper exercise regimen. If you attend a holiday party, limit and pace your alcohol consumption. (And, if course, if you consume alcoholic beverages at these events, please do not drive; take a taxi or share a ride home.) Substitute alcohol for flavored soda water or juices with nutritional value. There is a tendency to eat excessively over the holiday season, so the key is to drink at least 2-3 glasses of water before events, as this will help reduce your appetite. Limit your carbohydrate intake and focus on a diet high in fiber and protein. Keep a log of your aerobic and anaerobic exercise program for 5 days per week (20-30 minutes per session).
- Soften wrinkles around eyelids and forehead areas using a neuromodulator (eg, Botox®). Keep in mind that it takes 3-5 days to see the effect.
- Restore sagging cheeks and hollow temples, and correct your jawline fullness, with your own fat or use an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler (eg, Restylane®, Juvederm®, or Voluma™). These are all considered safe, absorbable, and reversible. These fillers will help you look younger and less tired.
- Plump up lips to restore the upper and lower lip shape and contour with a soft FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler (eg, Juvederm® or Restylane® Silk). Do not overdo it, in order to maintain a youthful, natural look. (Never use a permanent filler in the lips or face.)
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