When picking out venues, trying on gowns, and scheduling appointments—don't forget your skin! Here are the most common issues brides face with their skin while preparing for a wedding, what works for each issue, and how long you'll need before the wedding to address each one.
Get Rid of Blemishes: 6 Months
Start addressing blemish issues about six months before your wedding to give yourself and your skin enough time to figure out what works and what doesn't. This time will be spent determining the root cause of persistent breakouts and then correcting them. Monthly HydraFacials are one of the most beneficial things you can do for your skin during this period of time because not only are they appropriate for blemishes on any skin type, but they work well on reducing the signs of aging. Incorporating chemical peels and dermaplaning during this time will also be advantageous for anyone dealing with particularly stubborn acne. If you find a routine that works for you, stick with it until the wedding (and after!) and you shouldn't have any issues.
However, if a pimple manages to find its way to your skin in the days immediately leading up to your wedding, skip down to the end of the blog for emergency wedding day tips that can help you manage unexpected breakouts.
Get Glowing Skin: 6-8 Months
While we recommend monthly HydraFacials for just about anyone because of the numerous benefits, sometimes a slightly more aggressive treatment can boost your skin from a soft glow to positively beaming. Our recommended go-to treatment for brightening any complexion? Clear + Brilliant, or as we like to call it, "Baby Fraxel". It works on any skin tone and it's gentle enough that patients experience little or no downtime at all. It's perfect for skin that needs a small boost in glow and smoothness, and is recommended in a series of six treatments spaced out one month apart. We suggest starting at eight months prior to the wedding so that you can see how your skin reacts to the laser and adjust the number of treatments you receive based on your results.
Correct Hyperpigmentation/Age Spots: 2-3 Months
Pigmentation concerns might mean it's time to invest in something aggressive and results-driven such as Fraxel. If dark spots or prominent acne scars are concerning you, Fraxel will dramatically reduce or eliminate their appearance and provide your skin with a noticeable glow. As with any laser resurfacing treatment, it comes with a little social downtime which varies from patient to patient depending on how aggressive their treatment is, but the downtime is well worth the results. If you want to learn more about what to expect when recovering from Fraxel so that it doesn't disrupt any other wedding planning activities, we've detailed the entire healing process for you here.
Get Your Body In Shape: 1-4 Months
The best way to do this is obviously a healthy diet and exercise routine, however, sometimes we need an extra helping hand (hey, we get it...cake and menu tastings are just too good to pass up). Non-invasive body sculpting procedures can help you get the perfect figure without discomfort and best of all, no downtime. For fat removal, we recommend CoolSculpting at least 4 months prior to the wedding so that you will see the final result by the time your wedding day arrives. The fat loss is permanent with CoolSculpting, so you don't need to worry about results fading. If you're looking to take it a step further and tone your body while reducing fat, Emsculpt is the treatment for you. It works to build muscle and reduce fat on the abdomen and lift buttocks in just 30 minutes. Emsculpt is recommended in a series of four treatments spread out over 2 weeks, and this is best performed in the few weeks leading up to your wedding. There is zero downtime with this treatment, making it the most effective and simplistic method for body contouring. If you are looking for fat reduction in other areas such as bra fat or double chin, Kybella injections are recommended over a series of 1-2 treatments starting at 3 months prior to the wedding. It will take about 6-8 weeks for your final result to show, and Kybella comes with approximately 1-2 weeks of slight swelling, so plan your treatments accordingly.
If cellulite is one of your bigger concerns than fat reduction or muscle toning, there are treatments that candramatically reduce the appearance of cellulite in just 1-2 months. Profound cellulite treatment has a tremendous impact on results such as the before and after pictured here, and can also help with tightening lax skin if you've experienced moderate weight loss recently. We recommend having Profound performed at least 3 months prior to the wedding to ensure you see your best possible result by the wedding day.
Get Wrinkle-Free: 1 Month
The month leading up to your wedding is the ideal time for your injectable treatments. Botox takes about 5-7 days at most for your muscles to fully respond to the treatment and the results should last for at least 3 months. If you are getting fillers, the first few days following the injections can come with some mild swelling, with optimal results appearing at about 5-7 days. And if you prefer a more subtle approach to botox, try baby botox injections about two weeks before the wedding for an overall improvement in the texture of your skin.
LAST MINUTE EMERGENCIES?!
The week of your wedding has finally arrived, and it can be one of the most excited (and possibly stressful) times of the planning process. This is the week you should be basking in your soon-to-be newlywed glow and getting your stress levels back to normal, and bam! A pimple appears. Proactively book yourself a HydraFacial (or ANY facial) during this week to keep skin fresh and blemish-free so you can avoid this unfortunately common occurrence. And if a cystic pimple appears in the days right before your wedding despite your best efforts to prevent it, don't fret! We can administer a kenalog injection that will reduce the pimple in just 24 hours. And if you have any lingering redness, a dab of green concealer will cover it.
If you are planning a wedding and looking for the most effective anti-aging procedures you can get without downtime, schedule an appointment with Dr. Supriya Tomar today to get picture perfect by calling our office at 561-805-9399 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org