Whether you have the starring role of bride, the featured part of bridesmaid, or if you are ushered in as mother of the bride – or father – it is natural to consider carefully how to look your best. Even if, for you, the wedding is primarily the best party of the year and the best family reunion in memory, now is the time to take inventory of how you would like to look and how you will be pictured and remembered, even as your main mission is making memories of your own to cherish.

A skin care tune-up for wedding season has become such a popular idea that it makes sense to get your appointment on the books soon. Yes, one reason is that so many folks want this advantage, but another reason is because there are so many options for treatments and procedures that bear fruit quickly and involve little or no downtime. A few of these options stand out when it comes to wedding preparations.

A New Surface for Your Skin

While there are several good approaches to using the skin’s own powers of restoration to impart a smoother, more youthful look, fractional CO2 laser resurfacing has risen to the surface for many. It is a gentle, no-downtime office procedure that evens skin tone and smooths texture.

Fine lines, scars, and pigment clusters disappear, refreshing the skin and leaving it younger-looking. It’s safe for most skin types and imparts long-lasting results. First, a layer of special lotion is applied to the skin, looking and feeling like a soothing mask. Then a gentle, precision laser instrument is guided over the surface of your skin. It removes the lotion mask and, with it, a fine layer of outer skin cells, revealing the fresh, vital new surface below them.

The laser energy also reactivates the skin’s fibroblasts, stimulating collagen production, and it breaks down excess clusters of melanin – the pigmentation in cells – so the body can remove it and balance tone naturally. People say the treatment tingles, and most encounter no discomfort. The treatment takes about 20 minutes or so, and people return to their normal activities immediately. One patient wrote that she felt confident in going out to dinner with no makeup, right after her session. Results continue building to full flower about three days after the treatment.

To Cleanse and Hydrate

The sunny South, and all the ways we enjoy it, as well as the passage of time itself, team up to dry and age the skin. An excellent remedy for these effects is HydraFacial. First, HydraFacial cleanses and exfoliates to uncover a fresh layer of skin. Then, the extract and hydrate phase of the treatment removes debris from pores with painless suction and applies moisturizers to nourish and quench parched skin. Finally, a super serum of antioxidants and peptides is applied to saturate the skin with good things that work with your body’s own processes to heighten and keep that brilliance.

HydraFacial smooths fine lines and wrinkles, restores elasticity and firmness, leaves your skin with an even tone and texture, reduces brown spots, freshens and opens oily and congested skin, and shows enlarged pores how to settle down and blend in.

Laughing Like the First Time

Injectables are a popular and well-practiced answer for smoothing the laugh lines that can form at the corners of eyes and mouth. Botox and Dysport come to mind quickly, and certainly millions have experienced great satisfaction with their treatments.

Dermal fillers are another approach for smoothing those telltale laugh lines. Even for patients who have hesitated to use the injectable fillers that were available previously, the Restylane family of dermal fillers and Juvéderm family of dermal fillers has prompted many to have another look because of their ability to achieve natural-looking results. Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, Juvéderm Voluma, and Juvéderm XC offer unprecedented flexibility to meet the unique needs of your face, address longtime concerns, and achieve new levels of realistic goals, with results that show up in plenty of time for the wedding.

The seeming magic of these fillers is the result of a breakthrough in producing a substance just like the hyaluronic acid (HA) that our own body produces. Residing in the mid-layer of skin, HA provides fullness and volume. Dermal fillers are compatible, virtually identical in fact, to our skin’s own filler, and they are readily accepted without reactions.

The Most Kissable Lips

Every bride wants kissable lips – as do the bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and groom, and most other women, for that matter – and there are dermal fillers designed to put your lips on center stage.

Restylane Silk and Juvéderm Ultra XC are injectable gels that temporarily add volume to the lips and plumps skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while Juvéderm Vollure XC adds subtle volume to the lips and smooths the appearance of vertical lip lines.

Peel Away Dead Skin

Smoother, younger-looking skin is hidden just beyond the surface – literally. So, why not peel back old, damaged skin to reveal a healthier layer underneath? Chemical peels are the third most-requested non-invasive skin care treatment, behind neurotoxins and dermal fillers.

Ready for younger-looking, softer skin? A chemical peel will let you say goodbye to tired and dull-looking skin and help you achieve the youthfulness you deserve. Depending on your need, we offer peels to treat acne, fine wrinkles, minor skin discoloration, and sun damage.

This is barely the beginning of the options you can consider from MetroDerm, for looking your best at the wedding. Let’s get together and make a plan that’s perfect for you.