It is officially fall which means cooler weather and kids going back to school. For those of us a little older than school age (some of us might be a lot older), fall means something else: The Reunion.
Be it a high school or college reunion, everyone has the same goal: to look their best. We all want to be the person that impresses their former classmates with their success and vibrant, youthful appearance. Nothing tops hearing “You look better than I remembered!” from old boyfriends and former friends. We take special care to pick out a great outfit, get a amazing haircut and work to shed those last five pounds. However, for some of us, that is not enough. Time can add lines, sagging and aging in certain spots. Looking back at old pictures, can stir up memories of not only of old friends, but of what we used to look like.
One of the biggest question then becomes, “What procedures can I have before my reunion to get back to what I used to look like?” It is really important the vast majority of patients I see want to look themselves, just younger. As with anything in life, planning is one of the biggest steps, to ensure your recovery will be in time for the reunion.
For patients seeking subtle age enhancements and a pick me up, a gentle touch of botox or facial filler can be performed, ideally with a minimum of 1 week time before the reunion. This allows the rare patient who bruises plenty of time to recover and not stress about the healing process. In addition, botox takes 4 to 7 days to work, so there will be enough time for the lines to melt. With a facial filler, bringing in an old picture can be helpful to show where the face has aged. Fillers can be placed to selectively add volume which can make cheek bones look higher, faces younger, and lines softened. The key step here is to make sure that the injector has an artistic sense and fundamental understanding of the aging process. This way your face can look younger, but still looks like you.
Those looking for that extra glam factor for their event can turn to Latisse, whichdramatically grows and enhances the eyelashes. Latisse is best started 2 months before so that the maximum effects can be achieved.
For those seeking nasal reshaping or rhinoplasty, a recovery period of at least 3 months is recommended, with 6 months to a year being ideal. This allows for swelling in the nose and especially the nasal tip to be minimized as much as possible.
Those patients approaching their 25, 30, or 50th reunions might be candidates for a face lift or eye lift, which can erase decades. These are typically best performed 1 to 3 months prior. With big events, it is all about the details. After all, making the ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend regret their decision to break up with you, is reason enough to make the reunion worthwhile.