One of the most important days of your life – your wedding day – can also be one of the most stressful occasions for which you’ll ever prepare. From choosing the venue, catering, seating arrangements, and dress code, you’ll likely be feeling a little overwhelmed. And on top of all of that, you’ll also be thinking about looking your absolute best on your big day.
Faces, PLLC understands more than anyone the importance of feeling good about the way you look, regardless of the occasion. In this blog we offer advice on some of the more popular cosmetic treatments to consider as a bride-to-be, as well as a suggested timeline in which they can be performed.
Choosing Between a Non-Surgical Procedure and a Skincare Service
When considering a non-invasive procedure versus skin care, take into consideration your overall objectives and the amount of time you have to achieve your aesthetic goals. Some individuals find that setting a wedding date is the perfect motivation they need to nudge them towards a cosmetic treatment that they’ve been considering, but weren’t quite ready to pursue. For the younger bride-to-be, a customized facial may be all that’s in order to give her that special glow on her big day.
Regardless of what you choose, we know your goal is to look stunning on your special day. At Faces we will never talk you into a procedure or treatment you don’t want or need. Our intention is to help you make an educated decision on how best to achieve the naturally beautiful look you desire. And, as with so many things in life, timing is everything!
Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures
There are a variety of minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatments available to make the bride feel more radiant for her big event. These procedures have little, if any, downtime, and results are seen in relatively short periods of time. Moreover, some of these treatments can be done closer to your wedding date if you find yourself feeling unprepared or running short on time.
One of the most well-known and utilized cosmetic procedures, BOTOX® injections, have been helping brides look their best for over three decades. Like BOTOX®, Dysport® is another neuromodulator that is used to treat dynamic wrinkles. These are wrinkles that are formed due to muscular contractions, particularly crow’s feet surrounding the eyes, frown lines between the eyes and on the forehead.
With a visit that takes as little as 15 minutes, facial cosmetic surgeons or expert nurse injectors can introduce BOTOX® or Dysport® into the regions of the face to eliminate wrinkling, smooth out the skin, and restore a youthful, vibrant appearance with minimal downtime. This can make you feel totally ready and more refreshed looking for your wedding day.
BOTOX® and Dysport® work to temporarily weaken the muscles that cause wrinkles with ultimate results typically realized within 7 to 10 days with BOTOX® and 3 to 5 with Dysport®. However, we suggest this treatment at least one month prior to your big day. At Faces, we schedule patients for a follow-up visit 2 weeks after the initial injection to ensure all parties are happy with the results. This also allows time for any “touch ups” to take effect.
Fillers, on the other hand, are useful in treating wrinkles that are static in nature – caused not by muscular contractions, but by the skin’s loss of collagen and structural integrity. Fillers work by adding volume to the injection site and stretching the skin over a slightly larger surface area which eliminates the wrinkles. They are particularly effective in treating marionette lines, cheek depressions and lessening the appearance to pitted scarring from acne. Fillers are not a permanent solution, but are a versatile alternative for the bride who is focused on looking her best on that all important day.
It is common to experience some swelling and bruising at the injection site. Our expert injectors use a blunt tip cannula for injecting facial fillers, minimizing these concerns, while enhancing your results. In light of this we suggest having fillers at least 4-6 weeks before your wedding date. You’ll notice results almost immediately, but this will allow for any swelling to resolve.
Yet another benefit of fillers is to provide brides with a set of highly desirable, voluptuous lips. By injecting fillers into thin or depressed lips, a month before the wedding date, a bride-to-be can obtain a set of sexy, full lips, perfect for the final act – ‘you may now kiss the bride.’
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL Therapy)
For many brides, an uneven complexion or skin discoloration may cause some distress when envisioning what they’ll look like on their wedding day. Intense Pulsed Light or IPL can help minimize or eliminate some of these issues. IPL therapyis used to treat sun damage, age spots, freckles, burst blood vessels, and unwanted facial hair. This allows for makeup to be used to accentuate, not hide, the skin of the face.
Following IPL treatments the skin on the face can be particularly sensitive to sunlight. We do recommend IPL during the cooler months of the year when the sun is not so intense, but this is not to say that it can’t be performed year round. Generally a series of treatments, 4-6 weeks apart, are needed for ultimate benefits to be visible. If you are considering IPL treatments for an uneven complexion or skin discoloration, we would suggest scheduling the initial appointment at least 6 months prior to your wedding date.
Another option available to brides looking for a solution to uneven skin tone and sun-damaged skin is chemical peeling. Undoubtedly, brides-to-be will have a lot of commitments in the weeks leading up their weddings, so the timing of a chemical peel is critical. Depending on the type and depth of the treatment, you may peel between 3 to 7 days. Strong sunlight should also be avoided while peeling, making the months between October and April ideal for this type of treatment.
It is essential to seek out expert advice well in advance when considering a chemical peel. Depending on the bride’s ultimate goal, a series of peels might be recommended. If the bride is looking for that ultimate glowing complexion on her wedding day, then a single peel 10 days before should suffice.
The best way to ensure having naturally beautiful looking skin is routine skincare treatments with a Medical Aesthetician and a commitment to a prescribed daily skincare regimen. Understandably, this would be a luxury for most busy brides-to-be. So what’s a girl to do on short notice? We suggest considering a facial treatment designed to help even out and brighten your complexion.
One of our most popular facial treatments is the OxyGeneo Super Facial. In fact we sometimes call it the “event” facial. With zero downtime and instant, glowing results, it’s perfect for any big occasion. Diamond Glow and HydraFacial are also great choices, with similar results. Ideally, we would suggest any of these facials one to two days before your wedding. A skincare treatment appointment lasts 1 to 1 ½ hours and includes a dermaplane and reshaping and tinting of the eyebrows if needed.
Bridal Treatments in Jackson, MS
If you are considering cosmetic treatments to enhance your confidence, natural beauty, and impression on your wedding day guests, do not hesitate to reach out to the expert team at Faces PLLC in Jackson, MS, as soon as possible to get a personal consultation and a bespoke cosmetic treatment plan that will have you looking your best for your dream-day. You can contact us at (601) 607-3033 or fill out our online form– we look forward to hearing from you and you’re going to be a beautiful bride!