Here comes the bride – always the center of everyone’s attention. Yes, all eyes will be on you as you walk down the aisle on your wedding day. Of course, you will want to look beautiful, dazzling and radiant. You will want to be at your best. Every bride does on this most special occasion. Many brides – especially those in their late ’20s, ’30s and ’40s, are choosing non-invasive facial treatment such as Botox or fillers for fine lines or a full non-surgical face lift to give themselves a bright, fresh and rejuvenated look for this big day.

Immediate Results, No Lengthy Recovery

The wonderful aspect of many non-surgical facial treatments is that many of these products can be done in one visit to a qualified facial plastic surgeon. The treatments can be done in as little as half an hour (say for injectable fillers to reduce marionette lines or Botox to reduce the appearance of wrinkles) and best of all, results can be almost instantaneous. Facial skin rejuvenation such as microdermabrasion or laser skin resurfacing are also done quickly but could take a few days for redness to alleviate, depending on the level and grade of treatment chosen.

But just think, in the time it takes to go to lunch, you can erase signs of sun damage and aging and may not need to worry so much about retouching those wedding or honeymoon photos you will want to treasure for life.

Rule of Thumb

Making a facial rejuvenation treatment decision should be a consultative processes where you let a qualified aesthetician and facial plastic surgeon (if needed) advise you on the treatments that would be best, given your desired outcomes and areas of concern. While non-surgical treatments are great options for a number of desired improvements, they cannot treat everything or complete reverse all signs of aging. The rule of thumb is to do your homework and understand the different options you have but also find qualified practitioners who can guide you to the best decision.

If you and your doctor decide a partial face lift or “mini-lift” is for you, a rule of thumb is to allow at least three weeks of recovery time before your wedding to ensure there are no remnants of swelling or bruising that may require additional injections.

Treatments of Choice

One of the more popular and easiest procedures involves applications of BOTOX and dermal fillers, which can reduce those frown lines or other wrinkles that you may have begun to see in the corners of your eyes, across your brow or around your lips.

Brides-to-be with significant sun damage, set-in lines, jowls or other significant signs of aging can still benefit from a non-surgical treatment but may find fuller and more long-term results with a surgical treatment. Gone are the days when a full face lift is necessarily required, some may opt for an eyelid rejuvenating blepharoplasty to open up the eyes and banish the “perpetually tired” look and what a difference this can mean on a wedding day. However, those choosing a surgical option should consult with a facial plastic surgeon at least six months, and ideally more, before the big day.

Don’t Sweat It

Weddings can be stressful enough without having to worry about healing periods. Too many brides have broken out in a sweat during the ceremony that soon-to-be newlyweds may want to receive a BOTOX application under their arms. An injection can block sweat because it relaxes muscles in the targeted area. What’s more, it will reduce the chance of sweat stains and prevent damage to an expensive gown you may want to pass down years later.

Your Own Secret

It’s no secret that spring is the season for weddings but imagine that your treatments and youthful, refreshed appearance could be your secret…with everyone just noticing how beautiful you are on your special day.

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