Every bride wants to look amazing as she floats down the aisle, greets her closest friends and family and poses for pictures that are meant to last for decades. To get the coveted smooth, glowing skin and a trim figure, many women are seeking out beauty treatments before their weddings. Check out these popular bridal treatments that can help a lady feel and look vibrant and confident on her wedding day.
As you plan your wedding, be sure to get a head start on your beauty routine. Many successful cosmetic treatments require multiple sessions spread out over weeks or even months. You also may not love the results of a particular treatment and need time to try another one before the big day. The general recommendation is to start your treatments about 6 months before your wedding. Even if the treatment you are getting is better to do closer to the wedding day (like a light chemical peel), it’s a good idea to try it once a while before your wedding to make sure it’s going to give you the look you are hoping for. Once you’re assured that the treatment is a go for your pre-wedding routine, you can book an appointment closer to your wedding day.
A chemical peel involves the application of an acid to your skin to remove the damaged top layers. The removal of skin cells triggers your body to create new skin cells and produce healing collagen, making your skin feel smoother and look fresher and healthier. Chemical peels eliminate fine lines and pigmented spots, reduce acne scars, even out skin tone and treat melasma and sun damage. You can choose a light, medium or deep peel. The deeper the peel, the more change it can bring to your skin, but also the more healing time you will need after the treatment. A light peel can be part of a facial (also a good item to add to your pre-wedding skin care prep plan) and usually only requires a few days of downtime. It’s great for newbies to peels and will clean your pores, smooth your skin and give it a glow. Your dermatologist may recommend getting a series of light peels before your wedding to maximize its effect. A medium peel involves about a week of swelling and crusting and some weeks of continued redness. It will treat acne, wrinkles, some sun damage and uneven skin tone. The deep peel can be transformative to acne scars, deeper sun damage and wrinkles. However, it is quite painful and requires at least 2 weeks of recovery time at home with possible months of redness. If you are going to pursue a deep peel as part of your bridal treatment, do it well before your wedding.
Similar to chemical peels, microneedling damages your skin so that your body’s natural healing response kicks in, creating new skin cells and a renewed complexion. Also known as collagen-induction therapy, microneedling can reduce acne scars, fine lines and large pores. It can also tighten and smooth your skin, due to the body’s production of collagen in the healing process. Collagen is the main structural protein in your body and is responsible for keeping your skin both soft and resilient. During the procedure, a practitioner uses a device with small needles that puncture your skin. Because the procedure only damages a small fraction of your skin, there is little to no downtime. You will start to see firmer and more toned skin within a few days. But, plan on starting your microneedling treatments well before your wedding, as your dermatologist will most likely recommend a series of treatments spaced about a month apart.
Laser resurfacing is another in-office procedure that uses your body’s natural healing responses to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, melasma, sun damage, sagging skin, scars, dark spots, freckles, and circles under the eyes. Some laser treatments can also treat acne, spider veins, and rosacea. There are two types of lasers: ablative and nonablative. Ablative lasers (like Erbium and CO2) remove layers of skin, require more downtime, and treat deeper skin damage. Nonablative lasers only heat up the lower layers of skin and include Fraxel and Clear + Brilliant. Because nonablative lasers don’t remove layers of skin, they require little to no downtime and often require multiple sessions to get the best results.
One area of your face that you want to pop on your wedding day is your eyes. While make-up can do a lot to highlight your features, wouldn’t it be wonderful to not have to use so much makeup, which can wear off during a long day of wedding festivities? Enter Latisse, a serum designed to make your eyelashes and eyebrows darker, thicker and fuller. The active ingredient in Latisse is bimatoprost, which stimulates your lashes’ natural growth to produce longer hairs more quickly. Usually, it is recommended that you apply Latisse nightly to the base of your upper eyelid, where the hair follicles are. Most women see a change in their eyelashes or eyebrows after about 4 weeks of use, with the greatest improvement at around 16 weeks of daily application. There are over-the-counter products available, but you can also get a prescription for Latisse from your dermatologist.
Every bride wants to look stunning in her wedding dress, and most brides want to change something about their figure to fit into that dress perfectly. CoolSculpting is a great option for a bride looking for a treatment that isn’t invasive, doesn’t involve surgery and has no downtime. It is used for trimming stubborn rolls of fat on the belly, thighs, abdominal sides (love handles), back (bra bulge), butt, and upper arms. CoolSculpting works by freezing fat cells so that they die and are naturally flushed out by the body. During the procedure, the provider will suction areas of skin and fat into a pair of paddles. As the paddles gently suction, they will also freeze the underlying tissue. While the procedure may start out being mildly uncomfortable, it is painless and your body adjusts to the cold sensation. You will need to plan to start your treatments as soon as the diamond is on your finger though -- to get optimal results, it is common to have 2-3 sessions around 20 weeks apart.
Contact Vanguard Dermatology in the greater New York City area. The expert dermatologists at Vanguard can help you create a skin care plan that will have you looking brilliant for your special day.