As the Big Day approaches for the bride-to-be, there are so many things to be planned, and so many arrangements to make. You want that day to be perfect, in every way possible. The hair, the dress, the makeup, the mani/pedi are all standard considerations.
However, as ABC New’s health-beat reporter Silvia Perez shared in a special report aired recently, younger women from all backgrounds are adding cosmetic procedures to their wedding planning budget. “It is a trend that just keeps growing,” Perez noted. In fact, Perez reported that according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, weddings are the #1 “special event” cited by women as the reason for getting an aesthetic procedure. This includes surgical procedures such as nose jobs, eye lifts, and face lifts. But really, it’s the lower cost procedures that can be done without any downtime that are in the highest demand.
It is not surprising; this really is a time in a woman’s life where she feels more of a sense of freedom to put some well-deserved focus on herself. Dr. Julius Few, board certified plastic surgeon in the greater Chicago area noted that, “The idea of getting married allows for kind of taking care of that one nagging thing [that may have been on your mind for years].”
Top on the list for non-surgical fixes include Botox of course, along with fillers, and chemical peels or facials. Dr. Few recommends bringing your face to it’s beautiful best with a combination of Botox (to minimize wrinkles), a little bit of filler (to fill in pock marks, and deeper lines), and a facial treatment called the SilkPeel.
“It’s kind of a 1, 2, 3, and you can really create a very nice, natural glowing look,” said Dr. Few. This strikes a chord with his patients, including a woman in her late 20’s, who commented to Perez that, “Changing what God gave me is not for me, but maintaining it is.”
Botox (neurotoxin injection) remains the most popular non-invasive aesthetic procedure in the doctor office. It minimizes the appearance of wrinkles by weakening the underlying muscles of the face, so that they are not pulling as strongly or as frequently on the skin, softening the wrinkling appearance. However, for all its popularity, Botox does not do anything to improve the tone or texture of the skin – and that is where SilkPeel can make a big difference. SilkPeel is growing rapidly in popularity – it has been one of the top procedures in Beverly Hills dermatology and plastic surgery offices; and it is now becoming well known in medical offices and medi-spas across the country and around the world.
Part of the reason for its growing popularity is that SilkPeel Dermalinfusion is all about delivering effective and nourishing serums deep into the tissue where they are needed most. The serums can be tailored for your specific skin needs, from acne and hyperpigmentation, to fine-line wrinkles, acne scarring and the all-too-common effects of photo-damage. More recently, physicians have also found success with using SilkPeel procedures to minimize the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks on the chest, stomach, thighs and other parts of the body where such things are commonly found.
Dr. Carol Clinton, MD, Founder of the Timeless Skin Solutions practice in the greater Columbus area, and fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, has found high levels of bridal satisfaction with these combinations.
In terms of planning, Dr. Clinton has said that, “Usually we ask people to start about six months out [from the wedding date].” That gives enough time to consult with these typically young ladies about their own concerns and problem areas they wish to address.
It’s a Nice Day for a Bright Wedding
Professional grade skincare products for improving skin texture and brightening or lightening the overall complexion and skin tone, are also rising in popularity for those seeking wedding day bliss. In an interview for the Examiner, Dr. Neil Sadick, a recognized medical expert board certified in dermatology as well as cosmetic surgery, discussed how one can get their skin in shape for the big day. The question posed to Dr. Sadick was: “What about the bride who want’s to clean up any blotches on her face or remove these same discolorations from her back if she opts to wear a backless dress?”
Dr. Sadick answered that question in part by recommending Lumixyl for addressing hyperpigmentation. He noted that you should ideally start with topical products six to nine months before your wedding date. More stubborn hyperpigmentation may need the help of a chemical peel or laser treatment three to six months ahead of the date, but giving the topical treatment time to work can help you be more focused on tougher problem areas when it comes to more aggressive laser treatments.
Bryan G. Forley, M.D. is a board certified plastic surgeon focused on the face, breast and body contouring in Manhattan. He has also developed successful treatments for addressing age spots using the combination of Fraxel laser treatments, Lumixyl peptide brightening products, and professional grade sunscreens for achieving and maintaining the best possible outcomes. One area often neglected by others, yet one of the most noticible areas to show the signs of neglect, is the backs of our hands. Dr. Forley has also found success in rejuvenating the backs of the hands with this method, to correct hyperpigmentation and prevent new spots from appearing.
In an interview from the annual congress of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Bryan Forley, M.D., commented that “[Lumixyl] can be used for an extended period of time safely for those who need to use it for a longer duration without causing the type of reaction or hypersensitivity that had been seen in the past with other products.”
Dr. Forley also noted that, “If you pre-treat the patient and then continue to treat them afterwards, then you can often either lessen or completely avoid those pigmentation issues.”
The main factors that are behind the popularity of these products and procedures are visible results, no ugly/healing phase, and lower relative cost. Dr. Jose Montes is an Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine, while also running a thriving plastic surgery practice in San Juan. He commented on the SilkPeel procedure’s success in his office, in a recent interview for The Aesthetic Guide Magazine – a trade publication for cosmetic dermatologists and surgeons. He was quoted as saying of the procedure (which typically costs less than $200.00), that, “There are only a few devices in the cosmetic industry that clearly show immediate results, and ‘SilkPeel’ is one of them.”
As products and procedures continue to hit these high levels of expectations, without hitting the patient pocket book, they will continue to grow in popularity. Especially for women across the country who are looking to make that special day just a litte more “extra special”.