Get Holiday Ready: Optimal Timing for Injectables


The holiday season brings joy, celebration, and a flurry of social gatherings. It’s a time when many of us seek to look our best, often leading to a visit to a trusted aesthetic injector. Popular treatments like dermal fillers and neurotoxins have become go-to solutions for enhancing appearance. However, strategically timing these treatments around social events is key to minimizing bruising and downtime. Heather Rohrer, DMSc, MPAS, PA-C, and owner of the Center for Aesthetic Medicine in Las Vegas, shares expert tips for scheduling injectables to ensure you look radiant and refreshed for your holiday festivities.

Understanding Injectables:

Dr. Rohrer demystifies the differences between neurotoxins and dermal fillers for those new to aesthetic injections. She explains, “Neurotoxins like Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® temporarily relax muscles, reducing moderate to severe lines on the forehead, around the eyes, and between the brows.”

Heather advises, “If you’re attending a holiday party in mid-December, schedule your Botox injection from the last week of November to about December 10th. Although the onset of action varies among neurotoxins, initial results typically appear within 3 to 5 days. This timeline allows you to plan your injection accordingly.”

Dermal Fillers for Instant Results:

Dr. Rohrer suggests dermal fillers for patients looking to add volume and smooth out wrinkles. Treatment areas include the lips, cheeks, jawline, and nasolabial folds. “Dermal fillers offer instant results,” she says. “They can dramatically change your appearance almost immediately!” However, she cautions that bruising is more common with fillers, so allow a longer lead time if you’re prone to bruising.

“I tell my patients to consider the type of event,” says Dr. Rohrer. “For casual gatherings, a shorter lead time for injections is fine. For more formal events, allow a longer buffer to ensure the best results.”

Minimizing Bruising:

Heather’s tips to reduce bruising include:

  • Avoiding blood-thinning medications and supplements like aspirin, ibuprofen, and fish oil a week before your appointment.
  • Applying ice to the treated area intermittently for the first 24 hours post-treatment.
  • Avoiding strenuous exercise and alcohol for a few days after the injection.

Choosing the Right Injector:

If you’re in Southern Nevada during the holiday season, consider visiting Dr. Rohrer or her team at the Center for Aesthetic Medicine. For those outside the area, Dr. Rohrer stresses the importance of researching potential injectors. Look at their experience, reviews on Yelp and Google, and their before-and-after galleries. Be wary of photos that appear enhanced. A reputable injector will offer a free consultation and sometimes free touch-ups.


Aesthetic injections can elevate your holiday look, but proper timing is essential. By planning ahead and taking the right precautions, you can minimize downtime and maximize your results.

Call to Action:

Ready to dazzle this holiday season? Contact the Center for Aesthetic Medicine to plan your beauty regimen. Beyond injections, they offer comprehensive skincare and laser services. Book now and let this holiday season be your most radiant yet!

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