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How to put your best face forward when the age of Zoom ends


putting your best face forward when the age of Zoom ends

Zoom meetings and Slack chats have certainly taken over the workplace in the last year or two, but we are finally starting to see a gradual shift back to the office and in-person meetings. While that is great news for some, others of us may feel that their appearance could use a little pick-me-up after staring at themselves on Zoom for so long.

If you are one of those people who would like to put their best face forward, so to speak, before heading back into the office, you're in luck. There is a wide variety of cosmetic treatments for your face that can address everything from lines and wrinkles to a double chin.

Whether you are interested in a med spa treatment or something more permanent, these are some of the most popular facial cosmetic treatments to consider.

Laser skin treatments

Laser skin treatments such as IPL photofacials and laser skin resurfacing can effectively treat a number of common skin concerns, including wrinkles, dark spots, acne scars, redness and stretch marks. These treatments are nonsurgical and typically do not require downtime, though most people see the best results after a series of sessions spaced several weeks apart.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels use varying strengths of exfoliants called hydroxy acids to stimulate the natural process of desquamation, in which your skin replaces the old skin cells on the surface with new cells from beneath. This process can improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture, sun damage and other similar blemishes.

These treatments range from mild to advanced, and the right peel for you will depend on your unique skin type and cosmetic goals. Lighter peels generally do not require any downtime, though it may be recommended that you take a day or two off work after getting a stronger peel so that your skin can optimally heal.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers remain one of the most popular anti-aging med spa treatments, as they are able to temporarily smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as restore lost facial volume to your cheeks and lips. Lip fillers to correct asymmetry and/or achieve a fuller pout are also among the most popular cosmetic treatments.

There are many types and formulations of fillers, though hyaluronic acid fillers are a popular choice because they can be removed if, for any reason, you do not love your results. Hyaluronic acid fillers can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months before their effects gradually wear away on their own.

Dysport®

A type of neuromodulator similar to Botox®, Dysport® is a popular injectable treatment that works by temporarily relaxing the muscle contractions in your face that cause dynamic wrinkles. Over time, these dynamic or "expression" lines can become static or permanent lines on your face. Strategically placed Dysport not only temporarily eliminates the appearance of lines and wrinkles right now, but also may help to prevent the formation of new lines and wrinkles in the future.

Liquid nose job

While dermal fillers are best known for their ability to treat wrinkles and plump lips, they can also be used in what is often referred to as a "liquid nose job" or a nonsurgical nose job.

If you are on the fence about getting a surgical rhinoplasty or are not interested in surgery at all, a liquid nose job may be the solution for you. This treatment uses nonsurgical injectable fillers to make subtle, temporary changes to the shape or asymmetry of your nose without any downtime. However, your results will not be as extensive or long-lasting as with a surgical procedure.

Double chin treatment

Has staring at your computer screen full-time given you a case of "tech neck?" Tech neck is the term used to describe a specific neck and spinal strain that is caused by craning over your computer or smartphone screen. However, tech neck can also result in skin aging and even a double chin, caused by the constant drawing in of your chin when looking down at your screen.

Fortunately, nonsurgical Kybella® can treat a double chin without surgery or downtime. You will need between two and six treatment sessions, each spaced a month apart. After your final treatment, you should notice a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your jaw and neckline.

Facelift

The only surgical option on this list, a facelift is often the best cosmetic solution for women and men who have tried popular med spa treatments and are now looking for more dramatic and longer-lasting results. If you are tired of looking, well, tired on Zoom calls and have pronounced skin laxity and other signs of aging, a facelift could be right for you.

Facelifts can also be combined with nonsurgical treatments on this list to enhance and completely customize your results.


The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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