It's mid-March with a little more than seven weeks until Derby fun…parties, parades, steamboat races, balls, and those exciting days at the track! It's time to make your finest accessory - YOU! - look its very best! The key to any feature-enhancing treatment or service is balance and proportion, de-emphasizing the negatives and enhancing the positives. The real secret is a well-executed plan, so no matter the procedure, it's the talent behind the tool that makes the difference between an average and an over-the-top result. Every. Time. Here's a list of our favorite pre-Derby treatments to plan to look your best this spring.

4 to 6 weeks out

You have plenty of time to have a surgical procedure such as a facelift, neck lift, eyelid lift, breast augmentation/lift/reduction, liposuction, Renuvion/FaceTite/BodyTite skin tightening procedure with a doable recovery. Procedures are performed as outpatient under local or IV sedation, many times in our in-suite operating room or outpatient surgery center. Surgery remains the gold standard for a one-and-done result, but below are some newer technologies our office has pioneered to provide up to 40% or more off surgical results in a single step!

2 to 4 weeks out

We recommend minimally invasive procedures that require approximately 1 to 2 weeks' recovery time for this time frame. Tighten the neck and lower face with Renuvion or FaceTite. Renuvion is performed with IV sedation and FaceTite with either IV sedation or local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and a medication cocktail. Liposuction may be combined with these procedures and still have a 2- to 4-week recovery. A neck strap is worn for one week all day and a half day the second week. For patients who don't want even the tiny incisions used in these treatments, Profound is an excellent choice. Profound will not only tighten skin but also brighten the tone and texture of the face and body, melt fat, and add dermal volume similar to a filler. Profound can be combined with laser treatments and can be done on the full face and neck (or body, like cellulite and banana rolls), or Profound can be done on just regions of the face (upper or lower). We love the Profound neck lift, facelift, or brow lift! For your body, we have a noninvasive 4-treatment series performed once a week: BodySculpt (tightens abdominal and buttock muscles while reducing fat and tightening skin), Exilis, Vaser Shape, and UltraShape Power which reduce fat and tighten skin.

1 to 2 weeks out

So close to Derby, we rely heavily on our myriad injectables to face and lips restoring volume and collagen; Bellafill, Sculptra, Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella to name a few. Neurotoxins are always popular to ease lines. Don't forget the prescription skincare to make your skin glow in the spring sunshine (or outshine the storm clouds. After all, it's Derby time!) Early spring is a great time to schedule light to medium depth laser resurfacing procedure. With our several "fractional" lasers (Sciton and CO2RE), you will heal faster while revealing smoother skin and treating red and brown spots and wrinkles. Our lasers are also very effective for spider veins and hair removal for those spring legs. Microneedling devices like Fractora are also popular closer to Derby with shorter recovery time (1 to 3 days) compared to Profound (1 week).

Posted on 2020-03-06 by By Dr. Julene Samuels | Courtesy Photos