My beautiful and talented client – Dr. Angela Sturm O’Brien – a plastic surgeon in Houston (yep, that’s her right there), just wrote a post on timing your facial treatments in preparation for a wedding/big event. She went through my 3 month social media training program and I have to say, I’m so proud of her content. Her blog is informative, educational, and entertaining! Check it out here. She writes everything you’ve ever wondered (in other words, the truth) about non-surgical treatments (Botox v. Dysport, Fraxel, lip injections, laser hair removal, Thermage), plastic surgery (her own nose job), great products, etc. You can see the video we made to demonstrate her botox techniques here.
Without further ado, her post:
Timing Facial Treatments For The Big Day!
I frequently get asked “I have “X” weeks/months until the big event. What can I do?” Just like planning the event itself, you will want to allot time for any of the rare, but possible things to happen. Planning ahead pays off in beauty, as well as weddings! Here is a timeline to help you decide what is the best way for you to “freshen up.”
Days to weeks before the event
Soft tissue fillers, like Restylane, Juvaderm, Radiesse, Belotero, have immediate effects. You will be able to see softening of lines before you leave the office! Keep in mind that you will probably swell the next day and even with the most meticulous injection techniques bruising can occur! You should allow 7-10 days before an event to let any bruising subside, should it happen.
Botox/Dysport take 3-7 days to take effect. Just like the soft tissue fillers, bruising can occur and can take 7-10 days to resolve. Because you will want to look your absolute best, you may want to allow 3-4 weeks before the event in case a touch up is needed. Botox/Dysport lasts about 3 months, so you want to make sure you don’t wait too long after the injection or it can start to “wear out”.
Facelift surgery, laser resurfacing or skin-tightening treatments, like Ultherapy, can be considered at this point! We always tell our patients that the downtime with a facelift is about 2 weeks or 4 weeks for an event. Personally, I would allow 2-3 months if it is a once in a lifetime event, just to be safe. This way, most of the swelling and all of the bruising has resolved. The incisions should be difficult to see already! Other procedures can be combined with a facelift, like an eyelift, browlift or laser resurfacing!
For people who prefer a noninvasive method, skin tightening treatments, like Ultherapy, are available. These depend on the creation of new collagen. Therefore, they improve over a period of months. Generally, the effect peaks at 3-6 months. So, you want to plan for at least this amount of time after the procedure before showing off your new look!
Beyond 3 months
With more than 3 months of recovery time, in most cases, you will be in the clear for most facial rejuvenation procedures. When considering rhinoplasty, you want to wait at least 3 months. Ninety percent of swelling resolves in 3 months, but the remainder persists for a year. So, you are not at your final result until a year later, but (with most people) you should be ok to take pictures at about 6 months.
Planning makes for beautiful weddings and faces! Any of these options can be combined and work best tailored to the needs of each patient!Tweet this!