Use Your IRS Refund To Invest In Yourself And Enrich Your Beauty
- Posted on: Mar 8 2018
Last year the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent $324 billion dollars back to U.S. taxpayers. After analyzing 2016 IRS data, SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, found the average federal tax refund for a California resident was $2,811. With that chunk of change, there are many possibilities for spending your mini-windfall from Uncle Sam. In fact, you might be surprised at the number of cosmetic treatments or procedures in that monetary range that can make a noticeable difference in your appearance.
The first treatment to consider is Clear+Brilliant “which lightens and brightens skin, decreases pigmentation, improves texture, and builds collagen,” explains plastic surgeon Dr. Orna Fisher of the laser treatment that can be used on the face, neck, chest, and hands. “It works for every skin type as part of a total beauty skincare regimen.” With no downtime, it’s not only easy on your schedule but affordable at $2,400 for six monthly sessions.
If you are interested in treating mild skin laxity and improving texture, Fractora is a procedure that uses radiofrequency to resurface and tighten skin for a more radiant appearance. It can also improve the appearance of stretch marks and acne scars. The benefit of Fractora is “it has far less downtime than an invasive laser or deep chemical peel,” says Dr. Fisher of the treatment which is priced at $2,000.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
You can also consider facial rejuvenation using platelet rich plasma or PRP. “Facial rejuvenation with PRP uses growth factors from your own blood to stimulate collagen production and gives a general brightening with a rush of growth factors,” explains Dr. Fisher of the treatment, which is $2,400 for a package of three.
Another PRP treatment that can bring back the lustrous hair of your youth is hair restoration or maintenance therapy “using growth factors released by your blood platelets to stimulate hair follicle growth and prevent additional hair loss,” explains Dr. Fisher. It also rings in at $2,400 for a package of three and is a procedure applicable to both men and women.
Two body parts that are dead giveaways to your age are your hands and décolletage. Dr. Fisher offers a hand rejuvenation package of pigment spot reduction and filling for a more youthful look and a décolletage rejuvenation package that improves the appearance of chest lines, skin texture, and pigment. Each package is $2,400.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
Perhaps you have some niggling trouble spots that have bothered you for years and didn’t think for the price of a tax refund you could get them nipped or tucked. There are numerous small surgeries or minimally invasive procedures that all fall under $2,500 and, although minor, could make a big difference. Those include an upper eyelid lift, earlobe reduction, labial puffing, hollow temple correction, stretch mark treatments, inverted nipple correction, nipple shortening and scar revision.
Botox & Fillers
If your refund check from Uncle Sam doesn’t quite measure up to average, there are procedures such as Botox that will freshen up your face and make you look like you spent your refund money on a relaxing vacation. At an average of $475 to $650, Botox softens lines on your forehead, between your brows, and takes care of crow’s feet. “When too pronounced, those wrinkles can make one look older, angry, or stressed. Neuromodulators can soften these lines so that you appear smoother and more relaxed,” explains Dr. Fisher.
You can also get hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers (e.g. Juvéderm, Restylane, and others) at $600 to $1,000 per syringe with a 1 to 2 syringe average. “HA fillers add volume, fill in deep lines or wrinkles, or enhance the results of other procedures,” says Dr. Fisher. “Some HA fillers can be used specifically to augment the lips or to fill in lines around the mouth. Others can specifically be used to add fullness to the midface.”
Schedule a Consultation
However you decide to spend your largess from the IRS, consider it a rich investment in a more beautiful and confident you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Fisher today by calling 650.321.2629