Ask the doctor: Which treatments are better for winter?

December 1, 2007

Dr. Schlessinger answers questions about treatments better done in winter months

Key Points

Q: Are there any cosmetic procedures that are best done in wintertime?

Additionally, tumescent liposuction is best done when swimsuit season hasn't arrived, as the garments worn after the procedure are somewhat challenging to wear when the weather is hot. Laser treatments for leg veins and other concerns are also best done when sunlight and tanning aren't a concern.

Q: Why do my eyes look worse in the winter? It seems that my wrinkles become more prominent at this time of the year.

a: Dry skin can take a toll on the eyes as well as other parts of the body. While we always recommend moisturizers for this area in particular, during the winter it is essential to replenish the skin and area around the eyes.

There are many great moisturizers for the eyes, such as a new one by Obagi called ElastiDerm. It has both a night cream and day gel. It tends to add back what the elements take out, while improving the appearance of the skin.

Additionally, studies performed at a leading medical school show that it adds to collagen in these areas.

Q: I have heard about new forms of fillers and Botox. Will these be out soon?

a: Yes, there will be several of these in the coming months and years. Medicis will bring out a new botulinum toxin product called Reloxin, once it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Additionally, new fillers that have anesthetic built in will be available soon, and others that last longer are being tested. Dermatologists are excited about these products and the options they will bring to our patients.

Q: If I have tumescent liposuction, when will I be ready to go out in public? I have a cruise scheduled this winter and want to look great for it!

a: I usually recommend at least a month from the time of the procedure to the time of the "unveiling." Keep in mind that there are several forms of liposuction, and your dermatologist should perform the tumescent method under local, not general, anesthesia.

This method is associated with the lowest complication rate and quickest recovery time.

Joel Schlessinger, M.D., F.A.A.D., F.A.A.C.S., answers your questions about facial rejuvenation and anti-aging therapies. A board-certified dermatologist and president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Schlessinger is in private practice in Omaha, Neb., and is the founder and owner of http://LovelySkin.com/' one of the largest purveyors of skincare products on the Web. He is a member of the Dermatology Times Editorial Council. Please e-mail questions directly to Dr. Schlessinger at skindoc@LovelySkin.com
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