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Pre-holiday and holiday breaks make the ideal time for most people to get cosmetic treatment from Dr. Moulton-Barrett. In fact, more people choose to do them that time of year, since they will more likely be off work and school. So if you find yourself dreading holiday pictures, you still have time to fix it with several options.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can be done at any time of the year, but November through February are optimal times for chemical peels to rejuvenate the face. You will more likely stay inside, which gives your skin time to heal. It helps the skin stay drier, which benefits people with eczema and rosacea. Chemical peels treat moderate wrinkles, discolored skin, dryness, acne, and acne scars by using a chemical solution to remove the top layer. Some types of chemical peels include phenol peels, TCA peels, and glycolic acid peels. Chemical peels don’t require surgery or hospitalization, and you should start healing in about 14 days.


While liposuction remains the standard for fat removal, you may not have time to schedule it during the holidays. Liposuction requires several weeks of recovery, so it needs to be scheduled in advance. Consider Coolsculpting when you want to treat small areas of fat under the chin and around the jaw and need to recover quickly. Coolsculpting involves freezing the fat cells with a process called cryolipolysis. The provider applies a cooling tool to the area to freeze the fat cells that the body expels naturally.


The FDA approved Botox as a treatment for crossed eyes and uncontrollable blinking in 1989. It now treats more medical conditions including overactive bladder, neck spasms, excessive sweating, and headaches. In 2002, the FDA approved Botox for cosmetic treatment for frown lines, forehead creases, and wrinkles. Botox uses injections with a substance called botulinum to temporarily freeze the face muscles. The freezing ceases impulses between the nerves and the muscles, so they have to relax. The whole session should take no more than 30 minutes, and you should return to normal activity the same day. You may need multiple sessions to get the results you want.

Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation makes the lips fuller for a pouty look to make them stand out, and it can be permanent or temporary. Injectables are the most popular lip augmentation method, but you may opt for lip implants or collagen. Lip implants insert a permanent silicone implant that requires incisions at the corners of her mouth. Sometimes, fat grafting, or fat transfer from the abdomen, may be used. If you desire a temporary solution, opt for lip fillers or a collagen injection. Lip fillers commonly are made from hyaluronic acid. Since lip fillers don’t require surgery, they carry little risk, but you often need repeat sessions depending on the aesthetic you desire.

Schedule a Consultation

You don’t have to shy away from photos with these options. Dr. Moulten-Barrett will be more than happy to help you choose a treatment right for you when you schedule a consultation. Call (510) 864-1800 or request your appointment online.