**The following post is sponsored by Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery**
Every bride deserves to feel beautiful on her wedding day. And while most of us aren’t lucky enough to have naturally flawless skin, that doesn’t mean it’s unachievable. Working with a professional to address your skin concerns is the best way to safely get great results. An aesthetician or board certified cosmetic surgeon can make personalized recommendations and help find the right treatments for your skin.
To get you started, we’ve created this guide to non-surgical skincare treatments that can help you have beautiful, smooth skin on your big day!
Planning Ahead: Laser Skin Resurfacing
Moderate deep laser skin resurfacing is a great way to get dramatic results without much downtime. Laser treatments help remove dull and damaged layers of skin to reveal the new, healthy skin underneath, in addition to promoting collagen production and the growth of new skin. Check out the benefits:
- Reduce fine lines & wrinkles
- Diminish age or sun spots
- Lessen the appearance of scarring from acne, chicken pox, or injury
- Restore a healthy glow for a bright complexion
- Leave your skin feeling soft & smooth
Laser skin resurfacing provides some of the most impressive results out of our list, but it will take careful planning. You’ll be able to resume your normal activities soon after treatment, but your skin won’t be wedding-day-ready right away. Typically, you will experience redness, like a moderate sunburn, for about a week. This will gradually lessen, but can take a up to a month if you required multiple treatments or a more aggressive approach to meet your goals.
Our Recommendation: schedule your laser skin resurfacing treatment 3 months prior to your wedding to ensure you’re fully healed.
Great Results Without the Wait: Peels & Exfoliating Facials
If you don’t require more extensive resurfacing, you may benefit most from a professional chemical peel or specialty facial. These treatments come in a variety of levels, from more intense exfoliation to soothing and hydrating masques. Peels and facials are great for providing moderate improvement of:
- Fine lines
- Uneven skin tone & texture
- Blemishes or acne
- Acne scarring
Deeper chemical peels will require a similar healing period as laser skin resurfacing, but lighter peels and facials should have you ready for wedding photos within just a week or two. After a short period of redness and skin peeling, you’ll note your skin is softer, smoother, and more radiant.
Our Recommendation: schedule your chemical peel around one month before your wedding; facials can be performed about two weeks in advance.
Beauty that Lasts: Medical-Grade Products
To help maintain the results of your treatment and keep your skin beautiful and healthy, talk to a professional about medical-grade, physician-recommended skincare products. These products often provide more dramatic and long-lasting results than their over-the-counter alternatives. Working with a physician ensures you are choosing products that suit your skin type and will work optimally with your skin.
Our Recommendation: start an improved skin care regimen two months before your wedding. This allows time for you be sure the new products are working well for you and lets you see the cumulative effects of improved skin care before your big day.
Want to Learn More?
Here at Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery, your consultation and skin evaluation is always free. We’ll work closely with you to determine your needs and design a treatment plan that helps you achieve your best skin ever, just in time to walk down the aisle. Give us a call at (501) 227-0707 or contact us via our online form to schedule your appointment with Dr. Rhys Branman—you can even stop by our offices at 10809 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100 in Little Rock, Arkansas. We look forward to seeing you!