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Wedding Ahead! Careful Cosmetic Procedure Planning for Best Results on the Big Day

Posted in Plastic Surgery, Weddings

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There’s a wedding up ahead! Are you prepared? Whether you’re the bride to be or a member of the wedding party, who doesn’t want to look their best on the big day? From Botox to liposuction and beyond, there are numerous ways to rejuvenate before the event. However, you should know that getting the most out of these cosmetic miracles requires proper timing.

It’s not all about the treatment itself, because recovery is just as important. Some therapies require patience through a short healing period. Relax – compared to the other planning you’ve done, this is easy.  In general, you should have skin-related procedures at least a week before the wedding and anything that reduces fat tissue further in advance. Let take a closer look:

Skin Procedures – One Week Ahead

The following are treatments that you can schedule as close as one week before the wedding.  That said, many patients choose to have a series of treatments for more dramatic results, so also pay attention to how long you must wait in between sessions.


When it comes to hair removal and skin rejuvenation, there’s only so much you can do at home.  Dermaplaning is an in-office procedure where a doctor or aesthetician uses a scalpel to remove unwanted peach fuzz and dead layers of skin.  It only takes 20 to 30 minutes, and there’s little to no downtime. Afterward, your skin will feel smoother and look fresher. The effect of the treatment lasts 3 to 4 weeks, and patients can repeat sessions every 4 to 6.


Known for its ability to diminish the appearance of fine lines on the forehead and around the mouth, Botox is the world’s most popular neuromodulator. Injections take only about 20 minutes to receive, and only a few days are required to see its full effect. But the results can last up to three to four months.  Therefore, plan your injections for at least a week but no more than four months before the wedding.  Some patients choose to have multiple rounds of injections to get an even more significant effect.

Dermal Fillers 

Our ever-popular injectable filler treatments contain hyaluronic acid, a chemical that our bodies naturally produce but gradually declines with age. These fillers are placed in precise locations of the face to smooth lines and wrinkles and restore lost volume. Carrying names like Juvederm, Radiesse, and Volbella, these injectable fillers also take only a few minutes to receive and last six to eight months. They’re commonly used in the lips and the skin around the mouth to give you a more youthful appearance. You’ll want to receive them at least a week before your event to allow for settling of the dermal filler.

Chemical Peels 

Chemical treatments are a noninvasive way to reduce the appearance of fine lines, dullness, and discoloration by removing older layers of skin. Commonly referred to as chemical peels, they bring out newer, younger-looking skin. Immediately after treatment, patients may feel as if they have a sunburn, which marks the start of the healing process. Chemical peels use acids like TCA to stimulate renewal, and the concentration of the solution can be adjusted to customize your treatment. Stronger peels will give you more dramatic results, but healing time can last a bit longer, up to a week. Patients receiving milder peels often choose to repeat them.  You’ll want to speak with your doctor or clinician to plan your best option.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Often compared to chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing stimulates the skin to peel and renew by focusing light energy on the treatment area, destroying the damaged outer layer and revealing new, radiant skin. After a laser session, your skin will take one to two weeks to heal, depending on the intensity of treatment.  Often these treatments are repeated in three to four-week intervals, so it’s best to get in for a consultation ASAP and see what your doctor recommends.

Fat-reduction Procedures – 2 to 4 Weeks Ahead

In addition to seeking out the ideal skin treatment before the wedding, you can also find a number of treatments to enhance your contours. Fat removal usually requires a longer recovery time than skin treatments. However, the results of fat removal are permanent, so you can enjoy your new shape for years to come.

Kybella Chin and Neck Treatment

Kybella consists of injections that dissolve fat in the chin and neck, permanently getting rid of your double chin. It uses deoxycholic acid to destroy the fat cells. Treatments last 15-25 minutes, depending on the number of injections needed. After treatment, patients need to wait 5 to 10 days for the skin in the treated area to tighten to it’s smaller form.  Kybella treatments can be repeated every 4 to 6 weeks to achieve maximal results.


If you’re looking to lose fat from a trouble area (hips, thighs, etc.) and are a healthy non-smoker, liposuction may be a great option for you. Keep in mind, however, that doctors recommend the procedure for people looking to lose their last 25 pounds or less.  During treatment, your doctor suctions fat cells through multiple small incisions, which can result in a weight loss of five to ten pounds.  But take note, patients experience bruising and swelling for 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure.  So, be careful to factor in your recovery time into when you fit for your dress.

It’s All About Planning

Before you decide on your ultimate prenuptial rejuvenation, it’s best to ask yourself several questions:

  • How much time should I allow for recovery and when should I receive treatment?
  • Will I need to take time off work?
  • Will that leave me enough time to take off for other things, like a bachelorette party or a honeymoon?
  • What workout plans do I have to prepare for the wedding? How might recovery from a cosmetic procedure change my exercise routine?

And lastly, don’t forget to factor in your doctor’s availability. Free time on your schedule doesn’t always mean free time for your doctor. Therefore the time to start planning for treatment is now.  To begin, your best choice is to contact Dr. Chris Livingston’s office online or at (281) 501-1812 to schedule your consultation today!