Of the myriad elements of a wedding- the dress, the flowers, the food- guests most often remember the joy on the bride’s face.
To ensure a complexion at its loveliest for a wedding and the photos that capture that day forever, it’s best to plan early. But even for a wedding a month away there are treatments to ensure that a bride will look her best.
A board-certified dermatologist will tailor and schedule treatments for optimal results on the wedding date. For conditions such as acne or brown spots, dermatological care should begin a year in advance. For most brides, however, a 6- to 12-month window yields the best results. A trial run of any treatment well before the wedding is essential, in case the skin reacts in an unusual way.
Every bride has unique preferences. For brides wanting to leave behind acne scars of youth, fractionated laser treatments, such as the CO2RE Laser Fractionated Resurfacing™ and Fraxel Restore Dual® can help smooth the skin. For those suffering from pimples or redness associated with rosacea, Fotofacial RF® laser treatments can help smooth the skin.
To target specific areas and enhance wedding photos, especially to reduce shadows that may show in images, facial volume can be added with Juvéderm® or Restylane® Lyft. To reduce frown lines and soften wrinkles, BOTOX®, Xeomin® or Dysport® treatments are key. Brides with moderate to severe under-chin fat can be treated with KYBELLA® for an improved profile.
Brides who desire an overall improvement in skin texture and a more even skin tone will appreciate the dewy glow created by chemical peels, microdermabrasion and dermaplaning.
Consistent at-home care with dermatologist-prescribed products for 6 to 12 months before the wedding is essential, and accounts for 50 to 70% of the results. From 8 to12 weeks out, most brides prefer to avoid treatments that involve downtime. Between 4 to 6 weeks it’s best to avoid moderate treatments. However, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion and even light peels can be done the week before a wedding to rejuvenate the skin.
All members of the wedding party and wedding guests should avoid using tanning beds and exposing their skin to the sun’s harmful rays. Tanning beds cause irritation to the skin and can increase the likelihood of sun cancer and age spots. When outdoors, reapply sunscreen every one to two hours and wear large brim hats to shade the face and neck.
To receive the right treatment for achieving individual wedding-day goals, consumers should choose a clinic operated by a board-certified dermatologist who has the experience and dedication to clinical research and clinical outcomes and for whom patient safety is top priority.
Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center is the premier center for cosmetic dermatology, laser skin treatments, and Mohs surgery in the St. Louis area. The clinic was opened by board-certified dermatologist George J. Hruza in 1999, after teaching dermatological surgery for 11 years. Visit www.LaserSurgeryUSA.com or call 314.878.3839 to schedule your complimentary cosmetic consultation with Mary McKaig, RN, BSN to learn more.