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Here at West End Facial Plastic Surgery, we love wine. Especially Virginia wine!

Back porch with Viognier, King Family Vineyards

Dr. Schmidt and his wife discovered the Virginia wine industry shortly after we first moved here in 2005. We love to go up to the mountains around Charlottesville and go wine tasting. Some of our favorites include King Family, Jefferson, and Rockbridge. Another good one that we haven’t visited yet is Rosemont. The 11th annual Virginia Wine Expo is coming up with grand tastings  on Saturday March 3 and Sunday March 4. While it’s a great time to learn about Virginia wine, it’s also an awesome opportunity to see and be seen. Of course, you want to look your best when you’re sipping and seeing! Here’s a blue print complete with a time line to be looking your best!

  1. Week of February 5: Come in for Pelleve, Botox®, and maybe some filler. Pelleve is a treatment done by Gaylin Vandenbroucke, our master aesthetician. It uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen deposition in the deeper layers of your skin. It doesn’t hurt and there’s no downtime. But you want to give your skin a few weeks to work. Botox is great for relaxing fine lines and wrinkles, but it takes a couple of weeks to show its’ maximum effect. Finally, fillers are awesome for disguising the aging process and plumping your lips (not too much!), but if you get any bruises, you’ll need some time for them to disappear. Dr. Schmidt can help you to decide if filler is right for you and then the right kind.
  2. Week of February 12: If you have sun damage, rosacea, or uneven skin tone, IPL is a great solution. What’s IPL? Check out this post from the archives. There is minimal recovery time, but any sun damage or pigment gets a lot darker for about five days before it goes away, so you’ll want to plan accordingly. Check out our video gallery to see Dr. Schmidt getting an IPL Photofacial.
  3. Week of February 19: Come in for a microdermabrasion treatment. Microdermabrasion is great for exfoliation- removing dead skin cells to allow your natural glow to shine through.
  4. Week of February 26: Game on! You’re looking great because you’ve spent the month pampering yourself. To put a cherry on top, come in for a medical grade facial. Gaylin offers three different kinds of facial, but they’re all designed to clean, hydrate, and calm your skin so it’s looking its best for the weekend’s Walk-Around Grand Tasting.

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Today we’ve reviewed how to get ready for the Virginia Wine Expo, but this timeline can apply to getting ready for any big event. Whether you’re getting ready for wine tasting, a wedding, or a graduation, using a dedicated beauty plan like this can have your face looking its best for your big day. Contact us to set up an appointment!

Hope you enjoy the Virginia Wine Expo! We’ll be there (assuming we can get a sitter). If you see us, come by and say “Hi!” We’d love to meet you!