The decision to have any kind of plastic surgery, procedure or facial treatment is not one that should be made lightly, especially prior to your wedding day! While every bride has a different vision of what she will look like on her special day, many choose to take advantage of a wide variety of facial procedures and treatments that will help her achieve the flawless look she dreams of. However, brides should consider many factors before deciding which doctor to see and what option is best for her. Because this is such a big decision, we want our Pink Brides to be educated on what options are available to them and what they should consider before making any final decisions. So, I spoke with Nashville, Tennessee-based plastic surgeon Dr. David Gilpin and his wife Meredith to find out what brides need to do and know before committing to any facial rejuvenation leading up to their wonderful Tennessee weddings.
1. Do Your Research
Obviously, with such an important decision, it is imperative that brides do their research prior to scheduling any procedure or treatment with a particular doctor. Reviewing different doctor’s training and credentials will help you make the most informed decision, and ultimately, give you the best results. Dr. Gilpin encourages brides to do their research and suggests visiting The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery website in order to find an accredited doctor in your area.
“You need to really know who is doing any type of procedure on your face. Don’t just go to anyone. Make sure they are board certified in facial cosmetic surgery. I always like to tell brides that this is what I would tell my mother. Some people will just go to anyone, but you just need to do your research. A phone call or two is all it can take.”
Meredith also reminds brides to research offices to find out what treatments are administered by the actual doctor and what is done by the nurse. Also, another important aspect to research about different doctors you might be considering, according to Meredith, is noting their fellowship training.
“You want to make sure that the doctor is fellowship trained in that specific area. If you really want to look your best, you really need to do your research on who is going to be doing your surgery or injections. It is always best if you can find someone who has done a fellowship.”
2. Know Your Options
If you don’t do your research, brides can fall into the trap of not realizing all of the different procedure and treatment options available to them. Some brides might not be ready for cosmetic surgery, but still want to enhance their features for their special day. That is why Meredith says it is so important for brides to educate themselves on all the treatments available and consult with their doctor to find the right one for her.
“Botox lasts about 3-4 months, and it helps correct the wrinkles in your forehead, around your eyes and the Glabella area, which is in between your eyebrows. It can really help you look a little more relaxed in that area, especially for someone in their late 20s or early 30s. Fillers can also be used, and these last anywhere from 9-12 months. Fillers are typically used a little later in life, more in your 40s or 50s. However, someone in the 20s to 30s age range can benefit if, for example, their bottom lip is bigger than their top lip or vice versa. Or, maybe they don’t have much lip, and they want to have fuller lips for their wedding day. This is when we would use Restylane, which is a filler. It looks really, really good, and it lasts about 9-12 months.”
3. Set a Timeline
Timing should be one of the first things a bride considers when making the decision to have facial procedures or treatments prior to her wedding. After all, the timeline will allow you to get the most out of your investment, while also giving you the best look for your big day! That is why, as Dr. Gilpin explains, trial units, healing time and optimal results timing are crucial to achieve the best possible results.
“As far as timing, a minimum of three months is necessary. Especially if you are going to start a skin care line or thinking about doing any fillers or Botox, at least three months is needed. For a bride thinking about doing Botox, I would suggest doing their first round at least six months prior to their wedding. Botox lasts for about three or four months, and you want at least one round to see how it works on you. Anything else, a good time frame is no less than three months.”
4. Avoid Pricing Pitfalls
While budget plays a large role in decision-making throughout the wedding planning process, the decision to have a treatment or procedure should rely much more on the research you’ve done than budget. Of course, you need to find a surgeon who will fit in your budget, but you also do not want your results to suffer because you were trying to find the cheapest price. Dr. Gilpin advises brides to be careful of certain advertised deals because sometimes they are not really getting you more bang for your buck. So, Meredith says to be sure you decide which options are best for you then what price fits your budget, rather than simply going for what, at first glance, appears to be a steal.
“Especially with injections, it is important to avoid pricing tiers. Some people will try to sell you more product than you need. Some, like us, charge by the unit, while some by the area and others charge for packages of multiple units. What can happen with some of these pricing tiers is sometimes you can not get all of the treatments to achieve your goals because the price unexpectedly changes. This means your results might not be as good because you did not get all of what you needed due to a pricing tier. You can also have too many treatments, which might not be what’s best for the person. That’s why an expert is so important. If you are wanting a good value, try to find someone who is earlier on in their career, but still has the training. That is definitely out there, but you will have to do a little bit of research to find it.”
Dr. Gilpin would love to help you learn more about available procedures and treatments to have you looking flawless on your wedding day! For more information, visit his website or connect with him on Facebook. To schedule a consultation, call his office, located at 397 Wallace Road, Holmes Plaza, Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37211, at 615.942.7301. Tell David and Meredith The Pink Bride sent you!
All images courtesy of Dr. David Gilpin.