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Pre-Wedding Facial Rejuvenation for the Bride and Mother of the Bride: A Countdown Calendar

Weddings are a time when everyone involved wants to look their best. However, the bride and mother of the bride truly experience a “red carpet moment” on the special day, and want to achieve a picture-perfect look. They can start preparing long before the event to ensure that they look their best for the memorable occasion.

Facial rejuvenation is a wonderful way to enjoy a refreshed, more youthful look for the big day. From non-invasive procedures such as injectable fillers to the more involved deep-plane and vertical facelifts, facial plastic surgeons can help brides and their mothers achieve an improved facial appearance. However, timing is critical when considering aesthetic enhancements. Patients have to be aware of the recovery time involved with each procedure, so they are certain to look their best for the wedding day.

In many cases, brides and/or their mothers want to spruce up their look by filling in lines, wrinkles and scars or improve skin texture. There are a wide variety of non-invasive procedures that surgeons can perform.

For example, injectable dermal fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Radiesse, and Artefill can improve smile lines, marionette lines (the lines which run from the outer corners of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth), cheek hollows and creases, chin creases, frown lines, mid-face, and hollows under the eyes. There is minimal to no downtime following these procedures, so they are perfect for those who want a pick-me-up just before the wedding. The majority of fillers last from six months to two years.

Sculptra, another dermal filler that promotes a more youthful appearance, is a biostimulator; therefore, it takes a few months before results appear. Patients enjoy significant, gradual improvement of the facial appearance. Sculptra provides the foundation to restore a youthful appearance that can last up to two years or more.

Other options to treat wrinkles before the wedding day are Botox and Dysport, neurotoxins that weaken the muscles into which they are placed. Final Dysport treatment results can be seen approximately 10 days after the procedure; it may take up to two weeks to see the maximal effects of Botox. The effects of Dysport and Botox should last about three to five months.

Another choice for making the face look fabulous for the wedding day is skin resurfacing. This reverses the signs of aging by removing damaged portions of the skin, and stimulating the growth of new collagen. It can correct facial wrinkles, sun damaged skin, acne scarring, freshen the skin’s appearance, and improve abnormal skin coloration. There are three types of skin resurfacing: chemical peels, laser peels, and dermabrasion. The type of peel will determine how deep the skin is resurfaced and recovery time. The effects of skin resurfacing are long lasting and may be permanent depending on the laser used.

Mothers who desire a more natural improvement commonly opt for the more complex and permanent facial fat grafting, which is used to precisely sculpt the face to restore a more youthful appearance. During the procedure, live fat cells are harvested from one area of the body, then processed, distilled and injected into facial areas. Recovery generally takes one to two weeks.

Mothers seeking to improve the look around their eyes have chosen to undergo procedures such as an eyelid lift, which restores the eyes’ youthful appearance. After an eye lid lift, patients usually enjoy full activities after 10 days. The results of eyelid surgery are long-lasting. In the majority of patients, the procedure is only performed once.

Another popular procedure for mothers is a deep plane facelift, which restores the jowls, neck, and mid-face to their youthful positions. The recovery time for a deep plane facelift takes one to three weeks. Deep plane facelifts typically last between eight and 12 years.

Remember, to create wonderful memories and ensure optimal facial enhancement results for the big day, it’s extremely important to work with a highly experienced and credible facial plastic surgeon. It is also important that you give ample time to allow for healing so that you look your best for that special day. Be sure to understand the time frame required for each of these procedures. Discussion with a qualified facial plastic surgeon will help ou plan on putting your best face forward on your big day.

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