Your wedding day may be the single most important and memorable day in your life. As you plan for the ceremony that will change your life, now may be the time to plan to make those cosmetic changes you’ve been thinking about.
With today’s technology every woman can have clear, radiant skin with few, if any, wrinkles or imperfections. From facials to laser skin resurfacing, there is a level of treatment for every desired affect, whether you are just looking to clear up clogged pores and breakouts or are more interested in taking years off your face along with any scars.
No matter what condition your skin is in, plan on having at least a facial before your wedding. In the course of a few hours at a salon or spa your skin seem clearer and more radiant. Not only do facials clear your pores and soften skin, they also have a relaxing effect. So as the stress of planning your wedding builds up, schedule several facials. Many salons and day spas will allow you to book special rooms and rates for you and your entire wedding party before the ceremony.
For skin that may need a little more help, the newest chemical peels are easier, quicker and safer than ever. Peels use an alpha hydroxyl acid solution. Alpha hydroxyl acids are naturally occurring acids derived from certain plants and fruits. Many women use alpha hydroxyl acid-based facial lotions and creams on a regular basis. Alpha hydroxyl acids work by decreasing the compounds that hold dead skin on the surface. By breaking down these compounds, the dead cells slough off, leaving behind a layer of smoother, softer skin. Alpha hydroxyl peels are often called “lunchtime peels” since most can be performed without missing time from work.
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A glycolic acid is applied to the skin briefly and then washed off. This solution causes the top layers of skin to peel off, usually over the course of 1 to 2 days, exposing a new layer of undamaged skin which has a smoother texture and better color. Since these are light peels, for the best results you should plan on having several. The usual course of treatment is six treatments at 2 to 3 week intervals.
A new technology more and more women are turning to today is microdermabrasion. These new peels basically “sandblast” dead, dull skin off your face. Microdermabrasion uses a particulate to forcefully abrade the top layer of skin. The dead skin cells, along with the particulate, are immediately vacuumed through a hand piece and disposed of. It takes seconds, allowing the physician or therapist to move in precise patterns. The longer the wand is held in place, the deeper the treatment. After treatment your skin will feel tight, slightly wind burned. Improvement is noticed almost immediately, within a day or two. The treatments, which last about 30 to 45 minutes, are a great way to minimize the appearance of aging skin, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, age spots and brown spots. Since microdermabrasion is not as aggressive as chemical peels, you may need six to 10 treatments, usually about a week to 10 days apart.
Women with deeper wrinkles or more severe scars may want to consider laser skin resurfacing, which is similar to microdermabrasion, only treatment extends to deeper layers of the skin. If you have wrinkles that are visible to others across a dinner table, this may be a procedure to consider. It also has shown great improvement in the treatment of deep acne or chicken pox scars. Because of the length of treatment and recovery, it is best to begin treatments about six months before your wedding.
Lasers are also being used extensively for hair removal. Electrolysis, which has been in use since the early 1900s, requires between 20 and 30 visits over 10 to 16 weeks to remove unwanted hair on the average female upper lip. Laser hair removal for the same area can be accomplished in typically two to four visits. Like electrolysis, it leaves the area virtually hairless for 3 to 6 months or more.
When hair grows back, it tends to be fine and sparse. Since hair grows in 8 to 12 week cycles, most people need treatments every 3 months. Most doctors recommend a series of two to four treatments to the desired area over a period of approximately six to twelve months.
Once you have made the decision to have a cosmetic procedure, spend some time selecting your doctor. Ask your doctor, friends and local hospital for referrals. Be sure to ask your doctor about his credentials, including specialization credentials. Ask how long the doctor has been performing the procedure and how many he has done. Just as planning well in advance is the key to a creating a beautiful and memorable wedding, the same is true for creating a new and beautiful look for yourself.
But with a little planning, effort and cost, everyone can look as beautiful as they hoped for their wedding.