Skip or Splurge: The Best Treatments Before Your Big Day & Which to Skip
Most brides get their nails, hair, and makeup professionally done before their wedding day, so why not also schedule a few beauty treatments to help your skin look and feel beautiful and radiant for your big day? However, not all cosmetic treatments are necessarily the best choices in the weeks or days leading up to an important event. Follow this guide to help you plan the best beauty treatments to get and which ones to skip before your wedding.
Treatments to GET Before Your Wedding Day
- Injectables – Injectable treatments such as dermal fillers, neuromodulators, and fat-dissolving Kybella™ can give you your best look in time for your wedding day, as long as you do a little planning. Dermal fillers, which can temporarily erase lines and wrinkles, restore lost facial volume, and rejuvenate your lips, should be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance. If you have the time, it is even better to schedule fillers six weeks ahead.
Neuromodulators are similar injectable treatments used for wrinkles and even medical issues such as excessive sweating and migraines. These treatments include brand names like BOTOX®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® and usually last between 3 and 6 months. The best time to get neuromodulators is around three weeks before a big event so your results have time to fully develop and you have plenty of time before the product wears off.
Another excellent injectable treatment that you may want to try before your wedding is Kybella. Made up of deoxycholic acid, this treatment helps to dissolve unwanted fat from your double chin area so you can have a smooth, contoured jawline in time for wedding pictures. Just make sure you talk to your doctor about getting Kybella at least five months in advance.
- VBeam laser – If your skin is rosacea or redness-prone, you can get a VBeam laser treatment as little as one week away from your wedding day. This is a great option to help you get rid of facial redness and achieve a smoother, more even skin tone and texture.
- Dermaplaning – Dermaplaning is a popular skin treatment with virtually no downtime, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on work or other normal activities. This treatment can be beneficial for anyone with a dry, rough texture to their skin or anyone who wants to get rid of light facial hair. Just keep in mind that some people may break out after their dermaplaning session, so schedule yours at least four weeks prior to your wedding.
- Microneedling – This is another popular skin treatment that can improve your skin texture. However, most people need about six treatments spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart, so you’ll need to start your first microneedling session about 14 weeks in advance to see the best results in time for your big day. Give yourself three weeks to heal from your final treatment, or four weeks if your wedding involves a longer trip. Although the healing process does not take four weeks, you want to make sure your skin has enough time to fully rebuild its protective barrier before introducing it to new surroundings.
Treatments to SKIP Before Your Wedding Day
- Extractions – Unless you schedule them at least three weeks in advance, ask your dermatologist or aesthetician to skip extractions if you’re getting a facial right before your wedding. If you’ve never had a facial before, make sure you try it at least two weeks in advance to make sure you do not break out.
- Chemical peel – If you will be traveling to a sunny destination for your wedding, avoiding a chemical peel is prudent. Otherwise, you should never try your first chemical peel within two months of an important event in case you have any reactions. Additionally, never do a deep depth chemical peel. If you are going to get a light or slightly stronger peel, make sure you tell your aesthetician or doctors if you are currently using retinoids, are using a hydroxy acid, have rubbed up against rough facial hair, or have used any strong exfoliating treatment. All of these can thin your protective top layer of skin and can cause a burn from the chemical peel penetrating too deeply.
- New skincare within two weeks – Ideally, you would start on the proper skincare for your Baumann Skin Type® at least six months before your wedding, but realistically, this is not always possible. However, if you do not have at least two weeks to try new skincare products first, hold off on beginning a new regimen until after your wedding in case you have an allergic reaction.
When it comes to getting beauty treatments before your wedding, a little planning can go a long way. Try to talk to a board-certified dermatologist several months advance so you have enough time to schedule the right treatments for your needs before the big day.