We got all the details on the combination of procedures that Dr. Behr chose to do before her daughter’s wedding. Read on to learn how a top Dermatologist gears up for a big event!
1. Which combination of procedures did you undergo to look and feel rejuvenated for your big event?
To get the most natural rejuvenated result I love to perform a combination of treatments on myself and my patients. This April my daughter was married and I wanted to look my best, so I had a combination of procedures done starting about 6 months before. These included Fraxel 1927 laser, Ultherapy, Fillers, Threads, Emsculpt Neo, Hydrafacials, Emsculpt, and Botox. I also started LeanMD – a medically supervised diet plan which we offer in the office to shed those extra pounds. This was in addition to my daily sunscreen and skin care routines!
2. What did those treatments entail and how do they work?
I started with the Fraxel 1927 laser to help even the tone of my skin, remove brown spots and stimulate collagen. I prepped my skin 3-4 weeks before with Alastin, Hydroquinone and Retin A. We use topical numbing for the laser therapy. After the treatment I was red for a couple days, then the skin turned brown and shed for about a week. It was very important to keep my skin moist with Aquaphor during this time and avoid sun exposure. When it was healed my skin was even and smooth. I next had Ultherapy on my face and neck. Ultherapy uses visually guided ultrasound energy to heat the deep tissue leading to collagen stimulation and tightening. This helps lift the brows and cheeks, sharpen the jawline and tighten the neck. There is very little to no downtime with Ultherapy, and you see the results over the next few months and works great when combined with fillers. I am turning 60 next year and have had this procedure many (5-6) times over the last 15 years. It is subtle but effective. To help lift my jowls and tighten my jawline a little more I had Mint threads placed. These threads with tiny barbs are inserted with local numbing. They help to lift troubling areas and then stimulate collagen formation as they are naturally absorbed by the body. In combination with the threads I had filler in my temples, hair line, cheeks and marionette lines, with a tiny bit in my lips. All placed very strategically to give a natural result that no one would know. I also had my regular Botox in my frown, platysma bands, and jawline (Nefertiti lift).
On LeanMD, which is medically supervised and has supplements, I was able to shed my last 15 pounds and am now maintaining! We brought this into the office since we do liposuction, Coolscupting, Kybella, Emsculpt, and EmsculptNEO which remove or kill fat, and tone but are not for weight loss. I always want to give by patients the best results and so getting them to a healthy weight before contouring those stubborn areas is key. I was also doing one of our body contouring treatments, EmsculptNEO, in conjunction with being on LeanMD. EmsculptNEO is the first applicator that simultaneously facilitates fat reduction while strengthening muscles at their core. This was the perfect treatment plan to help me achieve my goals!
3. How far in advance did you begin preparing for this special day?
I began my treatment plan about 6 months prior to the event to ensure enough time for my procedure combination to produce my desired results.
4. How long did recovery take? How long before you’re able to see the full results?
After Fraxel I was red for a couple days, then the skin turned brown and shed for about a week. It was very important to keep my skin moist with Aquaphor during this time and avoid sun exposure. When it was healed my skin was even and smooth.
There is very little to no downtime with Ultherapy, and you see the results over the next few months.
Filler and Threads also have nominal downtime with the exception of some possible bruising, which we have multiple modalities to reduce. The results are immediate!
Similarly, there is no down time with Botox and results can be appreciated in about a week.
With our medically supported rapid weight loss program, LeanMD, I was able to lose my last 15 pounts over the course a month or so. I have been enjoying the results ever since!
EmsculptNEO is virtually painless both during and after treatment, typically you do 4 treatments 5-10 days apart and see results about three months following your last treatment.
5. What is one skin treatment everyone should do before a special event?
I also had a couple of Hydrafacials in at the end to give me an extra glow!
“I truly believe when we care for ourselves, and look our best, we live better lives and are more positive in our interactions with others.”
6. What is the most important thing you should remember if you’re planning rejuvenating treatments before a big event?
My daily chemical free sunscreen and medical grade skin care are always a must.
7. Do you have any other tips or points that you think are important to include in the story?
I truly believe when we care for ourselves, and look our best, we live better lives and are more positive in our interactions with others. For those extra special events in our lives, it is important to get a personalized consult early (at least a few months) with a medical professional to see what combination of treatments would be most beneficial for you.