Getting ready for the holiday season or a big event? Here are some suggested treatments and the best time to get them to help you look and feel your best. To determine what treatments may be best for you, reserve a complimentary consultation with me and I’ll review the various options and answer any questions you may have.

What to book a few months before a special event:


CoolSculpting is a great way to reduce those stubborn fat pockets including love handles, belly bulges, saddle bags, inner thighs, upper arms and back/bra fat. CoolSculpting freezes the fat, destroying the fat cells, allowing those fat cells to die off and naturally be released from your body. The results appear gradually over time – generally two months or so. If you get your treatment in November, you should start to see results in time for that New Year’s Eve party. And we have some great CoolSculpting special offers available, too!

Call Raeshell at 403 648 2137 to learn more about our CoolSculpting specials and to reserve your free consultation.


We often recommend laser treatments during the winter months as the skin will be more sensitive to the sun, so it’s important to stay out of the sun and protect yourself with sunscreen so you don’t undo all the benefits.

Fractional Laser

Fractional laser treatments can help improved texture of the skin by reducing fine lines, pore size, pigmentation, and scarring. To help your skin look it’s best in time for the holiday party season, book your fractional laser treatment now, as you may experience redness for a day or two post-treatment, and your skin will feel dry and flaky for up to two weeks as the fresh new skin emerges.

For added visual impact and to help improve your healing time, boost your fractional laser treatment with platelet rich plasma (PRP).


Clear and Brilliant

Not quite ready for the fractional laser treatment? Our Clear + Brilliant laser treatments are less intense but more effective than a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. Following your Clear + Brilliant treatment, you may experience some temporary redness and a mild sunburn heat sensation for a couple of hours. Your skin may be a little pink for a day or two but this is easily concealable. It will feel a bit dry and slightly rough to the touch for three – seven days, as the treated skin cells slough off to reveal your fresh new look. The results are stunning after a series of five treatments.


What to get at least a few weeks before that big event:

Botox Cosmetic

Botox is the most popular medical aesthetic treatment for men and women. The results will last for several months and wear off gradually, so you can get this treatment any time, though don’t get Botox Cosmetic the day before that big event and expect the results to be immediate! The treatment results begin to appear after a few days with the full results showing within a week to 10 days. While there is no down time following Botx injections, there is a very slight risk of bruising.


Intense Pulsed Light

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a non-invasive treatment for pigmentation, sun spots and broken capillaries. These issues can be caused by sun damage, hormonal changes, pregnancy and other medical conditions. IPL can help ease rosacea, too.

I recommend getting IPL treatments a few weeks before any big event as you may experience some darkening of the existing sunspots which can take 7 – 10 days to slough off, before revealing a clearer skin tone. Some may experience a mild sunburn-like sensation or minor puffiness that usually subsides within a day or two. While many blood vessels may disappear immediately, some mild redness may persist for a day or two.

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As we age, it’s natural for our face to lose some volume. Fillers restore volume and help contour our features. They are frequently used to plump or restore the lost volume in our cheeks and lips, contour the jaw line, reduce the look of sagging jowls, and can also treat those dark circles beneath the eyes.

Fillers are also a popular treatment to restore volume to the back of our hands while reducing the appearance of the veins. And for those women who love to wear large or dangly earrings but notice they don’t sit properly on your ear any longer, filler can help with that, as well! Though you may not think about it, our earlobes also lose volume as we age.

The results from filler injections are visible immediately, though we recommend getting fillers at least a week before an event, as you may experience some minor bruising, though it is usually easily covered with Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup.


Treatments to get the day before an event:


Get your glow on before that big event with a microdermabrasion. It’s one of the most common and least invasive treatments to freshen your face and it’s great for men and women. Microdermabrasion helps remove blackheads, reduces that dry, flaky skin many of us experience in the dry, cold, winter air. You may notice your skincare products absorb more effectively and for women, makeup glides on more evenly after a microdermabrasion treatment.

For men, a microdermabrasion is an excellent treatment to help reduce and prevent ingrown hairs.

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Chemical Peel

Yes, you can get a chemical peel without having bubbling, blistering skin! We offer a range of strength and formulations of our peels, customized to meet your needs. Chemical peels can improve the overall texture of your skin, reduce pore size, and brighten your skin. And if you’re struggling with acne, a chemical peel may help. It can help address any bumps and irritation from shaving, also. As with a microdermabrasion, you’ll notice your skin absorbs products more evenly and makeup application is smoother.

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What to schedule when you have some time off over the holidays:

Double Chin Treatment

We offer an injectable, non-surgical option for men and women to reduce a double chin. While the treatment is effective in physically destroying the fat cells, you may experience some swelling and bruising, especially during the first week following your treatment. If you’re concerned about people noticing the swelling or bruising, this is a great treatment to get when you know you’re going to have a little quiet time.

Learn more about the treatment here, and reserve a complimentary consultation with me. I’m happy to answer all your questions and determine if you’re a good candidate.

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One of the best things you can do for your skin every day is using effective skincare products that are designed for your skin concerns. You can book a free skincare consultation with me and I’m happy to discuss your skin concerns, explain any treatment recommendations and provide skincare product suggestions, too. Or stop by INLIV and speak with Raeshell, our medical aesthetics coordinator for suggested skincare and makeup products.