Bridalplasty: Popular Cosmetic Procedures Brides Seek Before Their Big Day

Written by Kelly Wala, RN BSN, Advanced Nurse Injector on November 21, 2013 3 Comments


Wedding planning is not all about arranging the perfect venue, buying the most beautiful cake and choosing the perfect dress. A wedding day is the bride’s big day (obviously the groom needs to be there too), and it’s natural that she will want to look her best. More and more brides are having extensive wedding day makeovers to ensure they are at their most radiant on their special day.

A recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery looked into the most common surgical and non-surgical treatments brides are getting before their big day.

Most Popular Non-Surgical Procedures

In 2012, the top three most common non-surgical procedures requested by brides were:

1. Botox

This procedure, which involves targeted injections of onabotulinumtoxinA using an ultra-fine needle, is used to smooth facial wrinkles. No recovery time is needed after the procedure. Botox injections are used to target wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes and mouth, between the eyebrows and on the neck.

Botox treatment is virtually painless and doesn’t take long at all to get these injections that can literally take off years on your face. You can even start getting these treatments as prevention, when you start seeing wrinkles at rest around your eyes, on your forehead or between your brows it is an indication for botox in that area.

2. Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

This involves multiple injections, in a similar fashion to a Botox treatment. Dermal fillers can be used to fill in hollow areas of the face, smooth wrinkles, remove scarring, or plump the lips. There are several Hyaluronic (HA) dermal fillers available, such as Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero.

Dermal fillers help with the volume loss that we get over time as we age. This volume loss in our face can cause us to look 5-10 years older than our actual age. Filling in our tempural hollows and help us not look so gaunt. It also opens up our eyes and makes us look not as tired. As we age we lose the volume in our cheeks and then the skin begins to sag. It is like our face falls off of the bone structure “like icing on a cake”. By volumizing the cheek area it rounds out our cheeks and pulls up the nasal labial folds around our mouth ( our parentheses). We can also fill in our jaws and it will give us a straighter jawline and a more youthful appearance.

3. Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are topically applied formulas that revitalize the surface of the skin. This treatment renews the skin by encouraging the shedding of a layer of old skin cells. After about a week following treatment, you will be left with a fresh top layer of skin, giving you a renewed and youthful appearance. We currently offer several chemical peel options.

These peels help to exfoliate the dead skin cells that just sit on our face “like shingles on a roof” and don’t let our any of our skincare products penetrate into the dermal layer.

Most Popular Surgical Procedures

Some brides are prepared to go further to look their best on their big day and opt to have a surgical procedure.

In 2012, the three most common surgical procedures requested by brides were:

1. Rhinoplasty

If you’ve ever thought about enhancing the appearance of your nose, the preparation time before your wedding could be the perfect opportunity. Rhinoplasty is used to correct nose synergy or shape and give your face the new look you’ve always wanted.

2. Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

The area around your eyes is one of the first facial features to show the signs of aging. Blepharoplasty is a popular cosmetic procedure performed to permanently correct bags of loose skin under the eyes. This surgery can revitalize your eyes and give a more youthful appearance to your face.

3. Facelift

Over time, the skin and the tissues beneath it will begin to lose their elasticity, sag and wrinkle. A facelift can help a bride achieve a smooth, youthful appearance, by returning tone to her face, and reducing wrinkles.

Looking Your Best on the Big Day

The findings of the AFPRS study correlate to what we see in our own practice. Weddings (like high school reunions) are major events that motivate our patients to seek appearance enhancing procedures.

Prospective brides should allow plenty of time to research and plan any procedures they are interested in having carried out, and must leave time for proper healing before the big day.

Are you considering having a surgical or non-surgical procedure as part of your wedding preparations? Please leave us a comment about what treatments you are considering.

Kelly Wala, RN BSN

Kelly Wala is a Registered Nurse with a Baccalaureate Degree of Science in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. As an Aesthetic Nurse Specialist for the past 10 years Kelly specialized in a full complement of non-surgical aesthetic services such as facial injectables, laser and light therapy, body contouring, and skin care. Kelly was the first in Texas to perform the Injectable Threadlift. Kelly is a Faculty trainer for Allergan Facial Aesthetics and Coolsculpting as well as a Faculty trainer for Galderma Facial Aesthetics and Sculptra. Aesthetics

3 Responses to “Bridalplasty: Popular Cosmetic Procedures Brides Seek Before Their Big Day”

  1. Avatar kelsay says:

    I did get some botox done prior to the wedding and I can say it made me more confident for the big day

  2. Avatar Lisa says:

    Both the surgical and non-surgical processes which you have mentioned in the above post are effective. I would like to add one more newly implemented filler known as Juvederm Voluma XC, it is an enhanced form of Juvederm and really helps increasing our cheeks volume with lessen side effects. Thanks!

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