Beauty Buzz for Brides – Part 2

To further prepare for wedding season, think about soft, sultry lips! I recommend Juvederm or Restylane injections for the most natural-looking result. These fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a soft, smooth product that naturally enhances lip fullness with minimal swelling. You should have your lips treated at least a month before your big day. These fillers, can also be used along your smile lines to soften unwanted wrinkles, referred to as your “parentheses”. Again, I recommend treatment at least a month prior to your wedding. Results last approximately 6 months to a year. The “net effect” of this procedure is that – even months later when the filler has been broken down – you are still left with more collagen at injection sites than you had before the procedure, as anytime your cells that make collagen (“fibroblasts”) are stretched, as they are when the filler is injected, they get kicked into becoming more active and producing more collagen.

Botox should also be high on the list of “must haves” for brides-to- be. Similar products like Dysport and Xeomin work like Botox to soften the muscles that are causing you to have frown lines between your brows (“the 11’s”), around your eyes (“crow’s feet”), and can even lift the lateral arch of your eyebrows. This provides a beautiful, natural looking brow lift for your big day. Botox/Dysport/Xeomin injections can actually be considered “preventative”, in that people who start softening the muscle movements when they are younger prevent the formation of the permanent wrinkles – from years of repeated muscle contractions associated with facial expressions – that are etched into the resting faces of older people even when not making facial expressions. Injections are relatively painless, and the effects are seen approximately 3 to 5 days after your visit. I recommend treatment at least 2 weeks prior to your wedding to allow maximal effect. Results typically last about 4 months.

Lastly, are you worried about underarm sweating causing “sweat rings” on your dress? Or, even worse, excessive sweating + a spray tan + a white dress = nightmare! You no longer have to worry about this, as Botox/Dysport/Xeomin can be injected into your underarms to prevent sweating. Results typically last about 6 months, and, again, take 3 to 5 days to kick in. This is also a Godsend in terms of saving money on dry cleaning costs.

With a bit of planning, these treatments can fit within both your bridal budget and your wedding-prep timeline!

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