wintertimeThe holiday season leaves most people feeling a mixture of excitement and anxiety. House guests, last-minute shopping sprints and the dizzying array of parties can cause an array of emotions and stress. If you feel this way, you are not alone: studies have found that up to 69 percent of Americans report feeling stressed out by holiday-related pressures around this time of year. In this blog post, Dr. Joseph Michaels explains stress’s affect on our skin and body, and how to make sure you look refreshed and rejuvenated for the season.

Anxious about Your Holiday “To Do” List? Your Skin Can Tell

Stressed about your entire family converging on your household? Nervous about how your gift-buying is affecting your pocketbook? These and other stressors cause cortisol (called the “stress hormone”) levels to spike, which causes your skin to produce more oil. Oily skin has been linked to more skin problems, including acne, and even other skin conditions you may be prone to, such as psoriasis and eczema. What can you do to get your skin looking fresh and healthy again?

Skin Treatments to Get Your Skin Back to Glowing

At Michaels Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, we provide skin treatments for every type of skin. Our licensed esthetician will appropriately analyze your skin and provide a customized treatment for you.

Our facials involve a deep cleansing of the skin to remove impurities. If you wish to rid your face of blemishes and more serious acne, a chemical peel will safely and painlessly remove the damaged outer layers of your skin, leaving you with a radiant face. And our dermabrasion and microdermabrasion treatments, both performed by Dr. Michaels himself, remove the outer layers of skin (with dermabrasion exfoliating to a deeper level), eliminating acne scars, draining clogged pores and promoting collagen growth for a smoother, more youthful appearance.

How Your Body Reacts to the Demands of the Season

Work parties, happy hours with friends and family dinners all in a tight line-up give us constant exposure to food and drinks that we may feel obligated to partake of in a social setting, despite our staunchest efforts to eat right. Add in less time for exercising around this time of year and it’s near impossible not to gain a few pounds. And since that pesky stress hormone cortisol is also responsible for keeping weight on, our attempts at maintaining a healthy lifestyle around the holidays may be frustrated. What can you do to immediately slim down for the holidays?

Slim Your Silhouette this Season with Liposuction

Are you unhappy with stubborn fat deposits that have gotten a little bit bulkier from indulging in the treats that come with the season? This extra fat can be discouraging, especially when you normally eat right and exercise regularly but can’t seem to shake it off. Dr. Michaels offers liposuction treatments for patients who struggle with this problem and want a slimmer, sexier shape. Michaels Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery offers various forms of liposuction, including traditional liposuction, Smartlipo, VASER liposuction (ultrasound-assisted) and power-assisted liposuction. All of these treatments effectively remove extra body fat from these problem areas, providing a sleeker silhouette. SmartLipo is a popular liposuction treatment that uses the latest in laser technology to remove fat on the stomach, thighs, hips and other areas. And since this type of liposuction is less invasive than other liposuction treatments, there is less bleeding during surgery and a much shorter recovery period. This means you can return to your normal daily life much quicker, making it the perfect way to get a sleeker body on a tight holiday schedule and giving you plenty of time to get your beach body ready for summer!

If you’d like to learn more about these treatments, or wish to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Joseph Michaels, contact Michaels Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery by calling (301) 468-5991 in Bethesda or (703) 957-8610 in Fairfax.

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