There’s still time to freshen up your looks for the holidays. Admittedly there are probably lots of very important and meaningful things to get done, like planning your family’s celebrations while perhaps reaching out to help others. But if you are having a houseful of guests, attending several holiday gatherings or you just want some assistance in looking healthy and radiant, help is out there.
Since it is a busy—and potentially expensive—time of year, any treatment you consider should be fairly speedy and not too hard on the pocketbook. And you’ll want take on very minimal recovery time. Therefore, three possible choices are: a light or medium chemical peel, a laser treatment or microdermabrasion.
Generally speaking, chemical peels come in three different strengths based on the type of ingredients used and the depth of peel they bring about. Light peels are usually based on a form of alphahydroxy acid; these penetrate only the uppermost layers of skin. While results may not be dramatic, they can smooth fine wrinkles and brighten skin tone. You should be able to resume normal activities immediately—a big benefit. These peels cost around $150 - $200 and most people get more than one peel.
Medium chemical peels are based on trichloroacetic acid (TCA) in varying strengths. They normally do involve a day or two of down time as they cause some redness and irritation. Then, several days later your skin will peel. Results including more even color, wrinkle reduction and even blemish and scar improvement will therefore take around two weeks to be complete. TCA peels cost about $200 to about $1500 depending on the strength of the solution.
Laser treatment is very popular these days because the technology can create visible improvement in skin quality with little to no downtime. Fraxel treatment is one of the best-known options. It works to resurface your skin, fading and smoothing fine lines, areas of hyperpigmentation and scars and blemishes. Downtime varies according to the setting on the laser, but is usually no more than a few days.