Few people know the overwhelming struggle of holiday shopping better than dermatologists. This task is a challenging one, no matter who you are, but doctors have it even harder: they have remarkably busy lives both in and out of their practices. Luckily for them, however, they have a built-in repository of gifts at their disposal: many of the aesthetic treatments they perform for patients can equally please a pal.
These can range from body contouring treatments to “signature glow-ups.” Here, seven dermatologists from all over the country divulge which in-office treatments they would love to give for the holidays. Their picks might just inspire your own gifting this season — or just motivate you to book a consultation for yourself. Interested in learning more about these treatments, or trying some of them for yourself? Chat with our team of trained aesthetic specialists, who can help answer your questions — and even schedule a consultation for you.
As always, talk to your doctor before starting any new treatment.
Injectable Wrinkle Reducers
“I would give my friend [a consultation for] injectable wrinkle reducers. Why? Because the [temporarily] smooth results [can] look amazing! Plus, the injectable wrinkle reducer procedure takes only a few minutes. In my experience, most friends that try injectable wrinkle reducers come back motivated for retreatment.” — Anita Saluja, MD, board-certified dermatologist in Melbourne, Florida
Injectable wrinkle reducers are used to temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face such as the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet. They should not be used more frequently than every three months. Like any medical treatment, they have potential risks and side effects. Be sure to talk to a licensed provider to see if they’re right for you.
“I would gift my friends a consultation for injectable wrinkle reducers. My friends may benefit from them by experiencing the temporary [reduction in the appearance] of their wrinkles.” — Cheryl Burgess, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery℠ in Washington, DC
“I would give my friend a [consultation for a] CoolSculpting® package that would kill a certain pocket of [treated fat cells] to help their contour. This is a procedure that helps remove that stubborn fat that may even be present when we are at or close to our ideal weight. Fat cells are mostly developed by puberty, and a [stubborn] pocket has those extra cells that can be destroyed by CoolSculpting.” — Kathleen Behr, MD, board-certified dermatologic surgeon and founder of the Behr Laser and Skin Care Center℠ in Fresno, California
The CoolSculpting treatment is a non-invasive fat freezing treatment that effectively reduces fat in certain self-proclaimed “problem spots” in the submental and submandibular areas, thigh, abdomen, flank, and upper arm, along with bra fat, back fat, and underneath the buttocks (you know, those bulges that just won’t go away, regardless of how much you sweat it out on the treadmill). While it isn’t a weight loss solution, fat-freezing can reduce pouches of fat. As with any procedure, there are risks and side effects, so talk to a licensed provider to see if it’s right for you.
“I would give my friends a [consultation for a] series of CoolToneTM treatments. CoolTone utilizes [magnetic muscle stimulation] to create repetitive intense muscle contractions to [strengthen, tone, and firm] muscles, and works great for the abdomen and buttocks. I recommend a series of four treatments with maintenance treatments afterwards. I have seen firsthand how much this treatment [can] tone and strengthen your core.” — Terrence Keaney, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of SkinDC℠ in Arlington, Virginia
The CoolToneTM device is FDA-cleared for improvement of abdominal tone, strengthening of the abdominal muscles, and development for firmer abdomen. CoolToneTM is also FDA-cleared for strengthening, toning, and firming of buttocks and thighs. As with any procedure, there are risks and side effects, so talk to a licensed provider to see if it’s right for you.
Facial Laser Treatments
“I love giving friends a Clear + Brilliant® treatment two to three weeks before a big event. [With] this very gentle, non-ablative laser, there is very little downtime, while still revealing smooth, radiant skin to make them feel gorgeous for the event.
After any laser procedure, it is important to use well-formulated, hypoallergenic products, because the risk of irritation and allergy is increased while skin is healing. No one wants to have a procedure go well only to have a complication from the aftercare! So, in addition to Clear + Brilliant, I would also give my friends Doctor Rogers RESTORE® Face Wash and RESTORE Face Cream to use to make sure their skin heals beautifully for the best possible result.” — Heather D. Rogers, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Doctor Rogers RESTORE Skin Care and Modern Dermatology℠ in Seattle, Washington
A Multi-Package Present
“If I could give my friend any in-office treatment, my most popular go-to options would be [consultations for] injectable wrinkle reducers [or] CoolSculpting. Injectable wrinkle reducers make for a great gift because they’re useful for a wide age range [over 18 years old]. CoolSculpting [is also a] great option for folks who are in good shape, but have stubborn pockets of fat that are hard to get rid of with diet and exercise. Another great option would be laser hair removal. We can safely remove hair on all skin types — armpits, legs, and bikini are popular areas for women, while the back is popular for men.” — Omar Ibrahimi, MD, PhD, board-certified dermatologist, and founding and medical director of the Connecticut Skin Institute℠ in Stamford and Milford, Connecticut
“This is a fun question to answer because I absolutely love being able to treat my friends. To start, I like to pamper them by gifting them our Clear Signature Facial℠ with one of our aestheticians. This treatment consists of a dermaplaning [procedure], followed by a light peel, warm towel (my favorite part), and a moisturizer. This facial leaves patients exfoliated and glowing. Our Clear Signature Facial is the mainstay of our monthly membership and is very popular with our patients.
I would also schedule them for [a consultation for] my signature [treatment], which includes fillers and injectable wrinkle reducers. I like to restore volume in the cheeks and occasionally a little bit of volume in the lips [with filler]. [And], if they have any etched-in lines that have formed near the mouth, I like to address those [with filler] as well. I often use more than one filler during a treatment session. I also like to treat the forehead, crow’s feet, and frown lines with injectable wrinkle reducers, depending on where their deepest facial expression lines are. That is my favorite combo for my friends — mostly because I love their reaction when they see the results!” — Brenda LaTowsky, MD, board-certified dermatologist at Clear Dermatology & Aesthetic Center℠ in Scottsdale, Arizona
Injectable filler is a temporary treatment that adds volume to areas of the face such as the lips, cheeks, and laugh lines. Like any medical treatment, it has potential risks and side effects. Be sure to talk to a licensed provider to see if they’re right for you.
Doctors Kathleen Behr and Terrence Keaney are paid Allergan® consultants.
CoolSculpting® is an Allergan®-owned non-invasive fat reduction treatment.
CoolSculpting® Treatment Important Information
The CoolSculpting® procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, thigh, abdomen and flank (love handles), along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm. It is also FDA-cleared to affect the appearance of lax tissue with submental area treatments. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for weight loss.
Important Safety Information
The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria.
Tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions including recent surgery, pre-existing hernia, and any known sensitivities or allergies.
During the procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity, and sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental or submandibular area treatment.
Rare side effects may also occur. CoolSculpting may cause a visible enlargement in the treated area which may develop two to five months after treatment and requires surgical intervention for correction.
CoolToneTM is an Allergan®-owned magnetic muscle stimulation (MMS) device.
CoolToneTM Treatment Important Safety Information
The CoolToneTM device is FDA-cleared for improvement of abdominal tone, strengthening of the abdominal muscles, and development for firmer abdomen. CoolToneTM is also FDA-cleared for strengthening, toning, and firming of buttocks and thighs.
Important Safety Information
The CoolToneTM procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolToneTM treatment in areas with metal, electrical, or electronic implants/devices like cardiac pacemakers, implanted hearing devices, implanted defibrillators, implanted neurostimulators, drug pumps, or hearing aids.
Tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions as CoolToneTM should not be used over a menstruating uterus, over areas of the skin that lack normal sensation, in patients with fever, malignant tumor, hemorrhagic conditions, epilepsy, recent surgical procedure, pulmonary insufficiency, or pregnancy.
CoolToneTM should be used with caution in patients with Graves’ disease (an autoimmune disorder that causes overactive thyroid), active bleeding disorders, or seizure disorders.
Women who are close to menstruation may find that it comes sooner, or cramping is increased or intensified with CoolToneTM treatments, therefore, it is recommended to not undergo treatment during this time of the month.
CoolToneTM should not be used in the heart or head areas, areas of new bone growth, over the carotid sinus nerves, or over the neck or mouth. CoolToneTM should not be applied over swollen, infected, inflamed areas or skin eruptions. Caution should be used for patients with suspected or diagnosed heart problems.
Common side effects may include, but may not be limited to, muscular pain, temporary muscle spasm, temporary joint or tendon pain, and redness at or near the treatment site.
Ask your Healthcare Provider if CoolToneTM is right for you.