Everyone wants perfect glowing skin on their wedding day, am I right? But figuring out the best timing for dermatological procedures can be tricky. So for today’s post I’ve teamed up with my favorite Miami expert Paula, from Baumann Cosmetic Dermatology. You may remember me talking about them in my Botox FAQ post. Their office has been my go to since moving to Miami because they are always super conservative with their treatments, and I never have to worry that I will leave the office looking like a surprised duck. I basically picked her brain so that I know exactly when to schedule my pre-wedding Botox, Lip Injections, Laser Hair Removal, Facials, Kybella etc.
12 Months Out
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Laser hair removal can help you get the smooth, sleek look you want for your wedding and honeymoon. However, most people need between 4 and 10 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart, so schedule your first treatment as far in advance as you can so you can enjoy results by your wedding. Note that you’ll need to stay out of the sun throughout your treatment period, so if you’re headed to the beach for your wedding, you might want to hold off on laser hair removal until you get home.
9 Months Out
If you have small pockets of fat like love handles, bra rolls, or a belly pooch that just won’t go away no matter how hard you try, you could be a great candidate for UltraShape Power. This is a nonsurgical device that uses ultrasound energy to help reduce stubborn fat. Most people see the best results after a series of three treatments, but you should notice an improvement in the contours of your body well before your final treatment is finished.
6 Months Out
If you want to get rid of a stubborn double chin in time for wedding pictures, talk to a board-certified dermatologist about Kybella™ at least five months in advance. Kybella is a great way to dissolve unwanted fat in the submental, or double chin, area and is FDA-approved for treating neck fat. Most people need 3 to 6 treatments spaced 1 month apart, depending on how much excess fat they have.
**Additionally, you’ll want to give yourself a two-month window after your last Kybella treatment to make sure swelling is gone before your wedding. This means that you should see your doctor at least five months beforehand, although you’ll need some extra time if you’re getting more than three treatments.
3 Months Out
Dermal fillers can be great options if you want to smooth away lines and wrinkles, restore lost facial volume, or plump up your lips with lip fillers. While you could schedule fillers as little as two weeks before your wedding, it’s best to give yourself six weeks. That way, you’ll have time for a touch-up two weeks later if needed, and you’ll still have four weeks for any side effects like swelling or bruising to diminish.
*If you’ve never had fillers before, talk to your dermatologist about trying hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, since HA can be dissolved with a particular enzyme if you don’t like your results.
1 Month Out
If you want to get rid of fine hair on your face (“peach fuzz”) that’s too light for laser treatments, you could be a great candidate for dermaplaning. This procedure also removes dry, dull-looking flakes of skin for a smoother and more radiant complexion. However, some people break out with dermaplaning, so you should book your treatment at least four weeks prior.
Another skin treatment you can get four weeks before your wedding is a chemical peel, as long as this is not your first one. If you’ve never had a chemical peel before, schedule it two months in advance, in case you have an adverse reaction. Otherwise, slightly stronger peels can be done four weeks ahead of time, and very light ones can wait until two weeks prior. If you are planning a destination wedding to a sunny location, though, skip the chemical peel altogether.
3 Weeks Out
Plan neuromodulators like Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® three weeks before your wedding. These injectable wrinkle treatments work by temporarily relaxing the facial muscles that cause dynamic expression lines and wrinkles such as forehead wrinkles, 11 lines, and crow’s feet. Their effects can take 3 to 7 days to kick in, and some people notice a “frozen” effect for the first week or two. Because of this, schedule your appointment around the three-week mark. Do not get neuromodulators any earlier than three months before an event because results usually only last for 3 to 6 months.
2 Weeks Out
As with chemical peels, if you’ve never had a facial before, you need to give yourself at least two weeks to make sure you don’t break out or have a reaction to one of the products. If you are going to try your first facial two weeks before your wedding, make sure it does not include extractions. Extractions need to be done at least three weeks before an event.
1 Week Out
The VBeam pulsed-dye laser is an excellent skin treatment that gets rid of facial redness, evens skin tone, and smooths your complexion. You can get this treatment the week before your wedding for smoother, clearer, and more even skin.
To schedule your own appointment with Paula at Baumann Cosmetic Dermatology click here. Mention my name for a 15% discount for new patients!