Every bride wants to look her very best on the day she says “I do” to the love of her life! To some ladies planning a Tennessee wedding, this may mean taking advantage of the many treatments and procedures available today that can help turn back the clock on the aging process for the face. To learn more about the different options available for brides today, I spoke with Nashville plastic surgeon Dr. David Gilpin’s wife, Meredith. Be sure to also check out an earlier interview with Meredith on what you should know about having treatments and procedures done prior to your wedding!
Looking for a cost-effective treatment with no downtime to combat the signs of aging? Meredith tells us that Botox is the way to go! Once injected into the skin, Botox relaxes the muscles of the face to remove wrinkles. Treatments generally last three to four months, and with regular use, the effects of Botox can begin to last even longer. Meredith goes on to say that Botox injections tend to take about two weeks to show the full effects and remove wrinkles from the face, so you should plan on visiting your doctor’s office for treatments at least two weeks before your wedding and even earlier if you’d like to be wrinkle-free for any bridal showers, bachelorette parties, etc. you may have before the big day!
If a treatment with longer-lasting effects is what you have in mind to look your best for your wedding day, Meredith suggests considering fillers. She explains that fillers are types of hyaluronic acid, such as Juvéderm, Restylane, and Perlane, that fill specific areas of the skin on your face to smooth out that section and remove wrinkles. This type of treatment is often used to get rid of lines around the mouth and add volume back underneath the eyes. The most popular use of fillers is injections in the lips to create fuller lips for that perfect first marital kiss! Meredith mentions that fillers are more expensive than Botox treatments, but the results last longer – usually nine months to a year. She also tells us that you can see the results of fillers right away but will want to make sure you don’t have a big event to attend for about four days in case you need to ice the recently-injected area periodically. Finally, Meredith tells us that it’s best to have this kind of treatment done about four months before your wedding to have you looking flawless.
For the most permanent results in fighting the signs of aging in the face, Meredith says that the best bet is surgery. She goes on to say that it’s the most expensive route, but costs will vary depending on what procedures a patient is having done as well as which facility she is being treated at. Although brides that have surgical procedures can usually return to work after about a week, Meredith says it’s best to avoid exercise for about six weeks. The results of surgery will last forever. Brides can get surgery done as early as three months before they say “I do,” but Meredith explains that it’s best to generally have surgical procedures done about six months before your wedding day for optimal results.
Meredith would love to tell you more about all the fabulous facial treatments and procedures Dr. Gilpin performs at their office! Don’t delay in taking a look at Dr. Gilpin’s website and learning about their specials by connecting with him on Facebook. To schedule a consultation, give the office a call at (615) 942-7301, and tell David and Meredith The Pink Bride sent you!
All photos courtesy of the Dr. David Gilpin Facebook page.