By Heidi Jarecki, MD; Denovo Medspa
The invitations are sent, the venue chosen, the menu set and the photographer ready. So much planning goes into a wedding! Whether you are the bride, part of the wedding party, or mother of the bride or groom, everyone wants to unveil a beautiful wedding day look. What is the best way to radiate joy and confidence on the big day? Preparation. Plan your way to gorgeous by remembering the three F’s: face, features, freedom.
A perfect wedding day glow begins with healthy skin. Blemishes from acne, brown spots from too much sun, broken capillaries and redness from rosacea, and fine lines and wrinkles can dampen the joy you are trying to convey. Professional aesthetic care to the rescue! Begin by working with an experienced aesthetician three to six months in advance. Craft a plan so you know the time and financial investment needed. A blend of clinical facials, microdermabrasion, and good home skincare routines are often all that is needed for 20 and early 30-year-olds.
Plan treatments monthly with the last treatment one week before the festivities. For those with acne, exfoliation is key. Scarring can be addressed with resurfacing from chemical peels or microneedling. Both yield substantial results but require downtime and a series of treatments to maximize results. For those in their mid to late 30’s, 40’s and beyond, unwanted pigmentation and fine lines are problematic, making photofacials (light based treatments for pigment and redness) and chemical peels desirable additions to the staples of facials and microdermabrasion. Even the most active, ingredient-laden facial will be relaxing and provide some much needed stress relief.
Sparkling eyes, sophisticated brows, a welcoming smile–a radiant face comes to life with accented features. While many are familiar with the transformation well done makeup can achieve, professional makeup lessons can help demystify the application process. Practice with quality product and learn good technique so these skills can extend beyond the wedding day. Simple, inexpensive treatments like brow and lash tinting thicken and darken lashes and brows. Brow shaping creates definition. Expect results to last four weeks. Trial these services at least twice before the big day so you are accustomed to the results.
Quick, easy Botox® or Dysport® brow lift and lip pop treatments contour brows and create lip fullness by using carefully placed aliquots of medicine to soften muscle contraction. Expect two to three month duration of effects. Need a more dramatic result? Fillers like Juvéderm Volbella® or Restylane® can add more long-lasting lip volume. Trying to recapture some youthful fullness? Facial contouring with dermal fillers like Restylane Lyft® or Juvéderm Voluma® accents cheekbones, fills temples and creates a long-lasting, liquid-lifting effect that requires minimal downtime. Want to avoid the dreaded angry look? Botox® and Dysport® can be used to soften harsh, unwanted lines from frowning or scowling.
When considering injections, work with a physician or nurse who has a demonstrated track record of aesthetic success. A thorough pre-procedural consult should answer all your questions.
Whether you are planning a strapless gown or envisioning a honeymoon on the beach, unwanted hair can lower your body confidence. Plan ahead for smoothness! Body waxing is a quick, effective solution. Hot and cold waxes exist, creating many comfortable options for face and body. More permanent results can be achieved with laser hair removal. A series of treatments is needed so schedule your treatments promptly to enjoy the luxury of a life sans shaving.
Just like a happy marriage, a gorgeous wedding day glow requires attention. A little planning and a solid aesthetic partnership created now can enhance the upcoming momentous day, freeing you to enjoy the magic!
Dr. Heidi Jarecki is the medical director at Denovo Medspa in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Denovo Medspa is a premiere-service luxury spa that specializes in skincare treatments and aesthetic expertise for over 11 years. To schedule your complimentary consultation, call 715-835-2285.