How to Put Your Best Face Forward—No Matter the Time

If your social calendar is booked with events and you find yourself pressed for time, don’t fret as you can still look your best. Dr. Angela Sturm gives us some ideas to keep you looking great no matter what your deadline is.

1. The event is in a few days. – Hydrate and consult a makeup guru.

If you have an event in less than a couple of days, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Yes, it makes a difference in your skin and how it looks in person and photographs. Drink lots of water and use products with hyaluronic acid to help plump your skin, like SkinMedica Hydrating Complex. Don’t start a new skin care regimen that includes retin A or retinols. Save that for when you have more time because you can have some redness and flaking as your skin gets used to it.

Also, give your favorite makeup artist a call. I usually do my own makeup to save on time and money, but they can do amazing things to bring out your best features. My favorite is Edward Sanchez Cosmetics who does an amazing job.  If I am really pressed for time, I like to book makeup and a blowout on BeautyNow; it’s really easy and you can book anywhere or any time.

2. You have 1-2 weeks. – Filler and maybe Botox.

Soft tissue filler, like Juvederm or Restylane, give you results right away. These are great for filling nasolabial folds, cheeks and overall rejuvenating by replacing volume. Botox is a “maybe” because it takes 3-7 days to take full effect. You want to do this at least 10-14 days in advance. Also, take in to consideration the possibility of bruising. Even the best injectors can have bruising and in accordance with Murphy’s law, it happens before an event. So, I like to give at least 1 week between injections and big events, just in case.

3. You’ve planned ahead and you have a month or more. – Moderate lasers or peels and possibly surgery.

“Moderate” lasers, like a Fraxel Dual or fractionated CO2 laser take about 1-2 weeks for recovery and about 3-4 weeks to look really great. A good way to judge the intensity of the treatment is the length of recovery. A treatment with shorter recovery (IPL, 0-2 days) will have more subtle results and a treatment with longer recovery (CO2 or YAG laser, 2 weeks) will have dramatic results with the  moderate treatments (Fraxel 5-7 days) being somewhere in between. This gives you some wiggle room in case you peel a little bit longer than expected.

We always say allow 4 weeks between surgery, like eyelid surgery or a facelift, between surgery and a big event. Although this time of year is very popular for cosmetic surgery, usually people will opt for either surgery or attending the events, but I have had people do both!

4. What about noninvasive lifting? – You need at least 3 months.

Any noninvasive treatment that is stimulating collagen will need at least 3-6 months to see a result.

Whether you have been so busy that an event snuck up on you and it’s tomorrow or you are planning for one, there are options to stay looking your best.  As always, make sure your plan is tailored to you, your anatomy and your lifestyle.

About Dr. Angela Sturm

Dr. Angela Sturm is a facial plastic surgeon that specializes in surgical and non-surgical treatments in the face and neck. She is an Associate of internationally acclaimed facial plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates and has received numerous accolades for her surgical expertise.

She is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and has completed the prestigious American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship with Dr. Russell Kridel.

For more information about Dr. Angela Sturm, please visit

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