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Skin Rejuvenation to Sparkle for the Holidays

Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, Halloween candy is on the store shelves, and believe it or not, it’s almost the season for turkey dinners, stealing kisses under the mistletoe and champagne toasts for the New Year. For many of us, during the summer our skin has become weathered, dull, spotty, dry, and creased from being subjected to so many damaging elements: sun, glare, wind, sand, chlorine, bug spray, smoke from the barbeque, and a whole lot more. In addition, other factors besides environmental stresses may be at work to cause our faces to lose a youthful look over time: repetitive muscle action, loss of facial volume and loss of elasticity. You may ask, how do I renew, rejuvenate & repair my gradually aging, weather-worn summer skin for a healthy, glowing new appearance before the holidays? Dr. Jean Chapman suggests that RIGHT NOW is the best time to start facial rejuvenation procedures to look your sparkly best for the holiday season.

Why now you ask…the answer is that in addition to treating immediate concerns, recommended treatments such as Ultherapy and Sculptra, which promote healthy cell turnover in the skin, resulting in collagen production to lift, tighten and increase volume, often take between 3 to 6 months before optimal results are visualized. Wrinkle inhibiting injectables such as Botox and Dysport can be received closer to the holiday season, but remember that Botox typically takes at least 2 weeks to fully immobilize the muscles, and the little needle pricks take a few days to disappear. As well, injectable dermal fillers may cause some bruising and swelling, so it’s not wise to wait until the day before a party to have a cosmetic procedure and expect your party face to be WOW.

How Do I Get My Sparkle ON?

The goal is to reinvigorate your skin and appearance without making your appearance any less uniquely you, so you glow from the inside out. The process of getting your sparkle on incorporates several different objectives achieved with a variety of cosmetic dermatology treatments: stimulated collagen production; improved skin texture and tone; reduced fine lines and wrinkles; targeted plumping and tightening, increased elasticity and lifting; cleared skin; and a brighter more luminous complexion.

What is the Recommended Sequence for Treatments

For the optimum results, depending on age, skin condition, heredity, and problem area, Dr. Chapman recommends undertaking the four following treatments to recover from the summer, according to this 3 to 6 month timeline.





Ultherapy Non-invasive process uses uplifting ultrasound energy to tone, tighten, and lift loose skin by stimulating the body’s natural healing process. Brow, eyes, neck and decollete can be revitalized. Immediate improvement is evident, and collagen continues to be laid down for up to 6 months

3 to 6 Months prior to event. Sustained improvement is seen for up to six months after initial treatment. Schedule by September or early October for optimal rejuvenation effects.


Sculptra A series of injections into the deep dermis layer of the skin to correct deep facial wrinkles and folds, and sunken cheeks.  Recommended for volume replacement in the cheeks and temple areas where laser resurfacing won’t stimulate enough natural collagen to fill these areas. Not appropriate for lip lines or lip plumping.

3 to 6 Months prior to event.  Increased volume is not immediate, collagen stimulation takes approximately 1 month for visible results. For more chiseled cheekbones by Thanksgiving, NOW is the time to schedule your appointment.


Fractionated CO2 Rejuvenating Laser A deep laser skin rejuvenation process that treats one micro portion of the skin surface at a time with the appropriate amount of laser energy to ablate surface layer of skin while also stimulating new collagen growth of surrounding tissue. Skin will be visibly smoother, less wrinkled and tighter looking and sun damaged or acne scarred areas appear more evenly toned.

2 months lead time required. The upper layer of skin crusts and peels, typically within 7 to 10 days, followed by several weeks of “pink” skin. As new collagen forms the tightening effects continue over the next several months.


Injectable Dermal Fillers Injectable dermal fillers such as Restalyne, target signs of aging like fine lines and deep wrinkles. They are used to improve facial contours by restoring lost volume to areas like under the eyes, cheeks, smoothing the nasal labial folds and marionette lines from the nose down to around the mouth and jawline, filling vertical lip lines, and plumping lips.

2 weeks prior to an event is recommended, or earlier.


Injectable Wrinkle Inhibitors: Botox and Dysport Smooths wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, between the eye brows (frown lines), around the eyes (crow’s feet) and on the forehead by preventing the release of the protein that signals a muscle to contract.

2 weeks prior to event for optimal wrinkle inhibition with Botox.


Facials Your choice of facial varies according to your skin type and desired outcome: moisturize after the summer’s sun exposure; deep-cleaning; or stress relieving to increase circulation.

1 week prior to event give yourself one last splurge to exfoliate and brighten skin.


Remember the old nursery rhyme Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, where you wish upon a star? Well now you can do more than wish for professional treatments that reverse skin damage to bring that sparkle back by the holidays. You can “twinkle, twinkle little star, don’t let people know how old you are” by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Chapman in the new LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic office, located on Old Alabama Rd. in Johns Creek, GA. The location is ideal for those living in Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Cumming, Suwanee, Roswell and North Fulton County, as well as patients from all over the Atlanta Metro area and beyond.

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