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Get Wedding Ready with SkinDC

May 26, 2023


Love is in the air, and wedding bells are ringing! The anticipation, the excitement, and the sheer joy that comes with preparing for your wedding day are simply unparalleled. As the spotlight shines on you and your partner, there’s no doubt that you want to look and feel your absolute best as you walk down the aisle, ready to embark on a lifelong journey of love and togetherness. 

SkinDC is the one-stop destination for all your wedding aesthetic needs as you prepare for your big day. So, tag along as we walk down the timeline of your aesthetic journey to your perfect wedding day. 

 

6 to 12 Months Out 

Body Contouring 

CoolSculpting Round 1 

Your wedding day is fast approaching, and along with the excitement, you may have started considering ways to achieve your ideal wedding-ready physique. If you’re looking for a non-invasive, effective, and time-efficient method to sculpt your body, CoolSculpting might be the answer you’ve been searching for. 

What makes CoolSculpting particularly appealing in the context of wedding preparation is its ability to selectively target problem areas that have been resistant to traditional diet and exercise. The CoolSculpting treatment is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, inner thighs, outer thighs, above the knee, the abdomen, and flanks (which includes the bra line and back), as well as underneath the buttocks, and the upper arms. After you have received your treatment, the earliest you will notice changes is four to six weeks. Eight weeks is the typical time that a patient will notice the change from the treatment.

With CoolSculpting as your ally, you can confidently walk down the aisle, knowing that you’ve sculpted the body you’ve always envisioned and prepared yourself to shine radiantly on your wedding day. 

Cellulite Treatment 

As you plan your wedding and envision yourself in that stunning gown or dapper suit, achieving smooth and flawless skin becomes a top priority. If you’re looking to address the common concern of cellulite and enhance the appearance of your skin, Aveli cellulite treatment might just be the secret weapon in your wedding prep arsenal. 

Aveli is a new procedure that recognizes the complex underlying structural cause of cellulite dimples – bands called ‘septa’ that pull down on the dermis. Aveli releases the culprit septa and allows our doctors to confirm the release in real time, removing the guesswork! In a single in-office procedure at SkinDC, we can deliver visibly smoother skin for a wide range of women with cellulite dimples. 

Acne Treatment

AviClear is the first and only FDA-cleared energy device for the treatment of mild to severe acne. This treatment provides long-term, effective improvements of acne across all skin types. AviClear uses the power of laser light to treat acne at the source by selectively targeting and suppressing the sebaceous oil gland safely and effectively. The device is designed with patient comfort in mind and is enhanced with AviCool contact cooling for an optimal and safe treatment experience. 

To understand how AviClear works, it is important to understand how breakouts happen. Acne forms when sebum, the oily substance on your skin, combines with dead skin cells and clogs your pores. Most acne treatments target other things that cause acne, but not the production of sebum. Topical therapies yield temporary results and oral medications present several challenges. AviClear offers patients a safe, well-tolerated, drug-free approach with durable results. 

Clinical trials demonstrate that current and future breakout episodes are shorter, less intense, and more infrequent following the AviClear procedure. Further, acne clearance results continue to improve over time, demonstrating the long-term efficacy of this novel treatment. 87% of patients treated with AviClear saw at least half of their acne resolve at six months following their final treatment. 

Laser Hair Removal

For individuals who desire to acquire smooth, hair-free skin, laser hair removal can be a helpful part of wedding preparation. Numerous sessions, usually separated by a few weeks, are often needed for laser hair removal. As a result, it is critical to start the procedure well in advance to give yourself enough time to finish the advised amount of sessions. 

A concentrated beam of light is directed into the hair follicles during a laser hair removal procedure. The hair’s pigment absorbs light, which causes heat to be produced and harms the follicle. Future hair development is inhibited or delayed by this injury. Laser hair removal is commonly used to target areas such as the face, legs, underarms, the bikini line, back, and chest.

Laser Tattoo Removal 

Tattoo removal can also be a part of the wedding preparation for those who wish to remove or fade unwanted tattoos before their special day. Tattoo removal is a process that typically requires multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart. It’s important to begin the removal process well in advance to allow for sufficient time to complete the recommended number of treatments and to give your skin time to heal between sessions. 

At SkinDC we use the PicoWay Tattoo Removal Laser. This laser uses picosecond technology, which offers the most innovative laser tattoo removal technology. Compared with the nanosecond technology of the past, today’s ultra-fast picosecond laser removal technology offers less risk and pain, faster results, a broader range of colors removed, and fewer treatment sessions. PicoWay utilizes two laser wavelengths. The option of dual-wavelength also means that multi-colored tattoos can be treated, which is not the case with traditional tattoo removal lasers. 

Skin Discoloration Laser Treatments 

BroadBand Light (BBL) Laser 

The BBL BroadBand Light Treatment uses broadband light to reduce background redness and the appearance of brown spots on the skin. The BBL device emits broad-spectrum photothermal energy, which absorbs brown pigment (melanin) in the skin and the hemoglobin in blood vessels that cause redness. At SkinDC, we find that BBL is best at treating the discoloration that develops with chronic sun damage. It minimizes the appearance of sun damage, brown spots, freckles, and background diffuse redness in order to even out skin tone. 

During the treatment, the light energy delivered by the BBL will gently heat melanin and hemoglobin in the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will lead to the removal of excess pigment and blood vessels. The BBL BroadBand Light Treatment is the key to keeping your natural youthful skin by making it clearer, more vibrant, and younger looking. 

PicoWay Resolve Resurfacing Laser 

The PicoWay Resolve Resurfacing laser is an effective, non-invasive device that stimulates collagen growth and encourages cell turnover, leaving the patient with younger-looking skin. This laser works differently than a lot of other lasers. PicoWay Resolve uses very targeted and short pulses measured in picoseconds (or a trillionth of a second). These ultra-short pulses are focused leading to a “photoacoustic” effect, which avoids heating the skin that most resurfacing This treatment can be used on all skin types and tones. The PicoWay Resolve stimulates new collagen which improves the appearance of acne scars, pore size, fine lines, and skin texture overall. 

3 to 6 Months 

Body Contouring 

CoolSculpting Round 2 

Getting a second round of CoolSculpting can be important to help you reach your body contouring goals. Each round of CoolSculpting eliminates 20 to 25 percent of fat. While some individuals will be satisfied after a single session, most people require two treatments for their desired outcome. 

The first round of CoolSculpting can primarily focus on reducing the outermost layer of fat cells. The second round can then target deeper layers of fat that the treatment could not get to during the initial round. This approach helps to avoid irregular contours or areas of uneven fat distribution. 

Laser Treatments 

Halo Resurfacing Laser 

The Halo resurfacing laser is a fractional resurfacing laser. This laser treatment is unique in that it delivers both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths of light, delivering the benefits of aggressive treatment with recovery times more in line with non-ablative treatment. The hybrid nature of the Halo system approximates two types of treatment within a single session. Deep tissue rejuvenation is triggered while mild ablation resurfaces the epidermis. 

This treatment can improve freckles, sun damage, age spots, fine lines, deeper wrinkles, and a general reduction in skin color uniformity. The resulting smoothness of post-treatment pigmentation provides a dramatically younger-looking result for many patients. 

Vascular Laser

The Vbeam vascular laser delivers an intense burst of yellow light to your skin. This light is specifically absorbed by the blood vessels in your skin. When these blood vessels are heated, they coagulate and are then reabsorbed by your body. The laser helps less or even eliminate the appearance of pink and red spots and patches on the skin. 

The Vbeam vascular laser is a pulsed dye laser that is the gold standard for the treatment of many conditions that have an underlying vascular blood vessel cause. These conditions include rosacea, spider veins, new red scars, acne scars, red birthmarks, port wine stains, angiomas, and uneven coloring of the neck. 

Injectables 

Filler Treatments 

Fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Volux, are made of hyaluronic acid, a sugar molecule that is naturally occurring in the body. When you think of fillers, think of volume. There are different types of hyaluronic acid fillers with options that can be used anywhere on the face. The most common areas treated include the nasolabial folds, cheeks, and lips. 

The nice thing about fillers is that they last. The longevity depends on the types of filler, where it is injected, and how your own body metabolizes it. It is best to come in three to six months before your wedding day, so that you have enough time to get used to how the filler looks and feels, and touch-ups can be done if needed. 

Neurotoxin Injections 

Neurotoxin injections change or soften muscle movement, reducing and even preventing the formation of lines and wrinkles. They prevent the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that all nerve fibers need in order to trigger muscle movement. 

While neurotoxins are most commonly known for their wrinkle, smoothing benefits, they can be used to help remodel muscles in the face. It can also be used to make pores appear smaller, create the appearance of a lifted brow and slim the jawline. 

It is a good idea to start neurotoxin injections around six months before your wedding. You will want to have enough time to complete a few sessions to get comfortable with how it looks and feels so that one of our providers can discuss the best areas to treat and the amount you need to achieve your desired outcome. 

1 to 3 Months Out 

Underarm Sweat Reduction

Underarm sweat reduction with Botox, known as hyperhidrosis treatment, is a commonly used procedure to help manage excessive sweating in the underarm area. Botox temporarily stops the nerve signals that trigger the sweat glands when injected into the underarm. This lessens excessive sweating by preventing sweat glands in the treated area from producing perspiration. Typically, the results of Botox for sweat reduction last four to six months. 

Skin Resurfacing Treatments 

Microneedling 

Also referred to as collagen induction therapy, microneedling uses very fine needles to create equally fine channels through the surface layer of the skin. Even though the body loses collagen at a rate of about 1% per year after a person reaches their mid-20s, the body’s ability to create new collagen remains. It stays dormant until an injury causes a healing response. Microneedling can help improve the appearance and texture of your skin. It can also minimize stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, and other skin concerns. 

Esthetician Services

HydraFacialMD Facial

The HydraFacial is the only treatment that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant protection simultaneously, resulting in clearer, brighter, and smoother skin. This treatment provides the results of a microdermabrasion, chemical peel, and a deep-cleansing facial combined. It also improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, congested and enlarged pores, acne, and hyperpigmentation. The HydraFacial is very customizable, so it is appropriate for all skin types including sensitive or acne-prone skin. 

DiamondGlow Facial 

Unlike traditional wet facial treatments, which rely on chemical exfoliation to treat skin at the surface level, DiamondGlow’s patented recessed diamond tip wand delivers a next-level resurfacing treatment that deeply cleans and rejuvenates the skin. DiamondGlow is an advanced non-invasive treatment that provides instant results for improved tone and texture with no downtime. The DiamondGlow facial improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, congested and enlarged pores, acne, and hyperpigmentation.

 

1 Month Out 

Neurotoxin Injections

Three to four weeks from your wedding day, it is time to get your Neurotoxin injections again! This allows for the injections to set in and leaves time for any touch-ups you may need before your big day!

 

Wedding Week 

Facials

The week of your wedding is the perfect time for your last facial, whether it is a HydraFacial or a DiamondGlow. This way your skin will be smooth, well-hydrated, and glowing on your big day. 

Dermaplaning

A scalpel is used during the cosmetic process known as “dermaplaning” to scrape off the top layers of dead skin cells, peach fuzz, and dirt on the face and neck. This treatment can aid in lessening the appearance of pores, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring. Dermaplaning also makes it easier to apply makeup, reduces the likelihood of clogged pores, and gives you an incredible glow. 

Eyebrow Sculpting and Tinting 

Eyebrow sculpting and tinting are popular wedding preparation treatments because they can improve your brows’ overall look and nicely frame your face. Eyebrow sculpting is shaping your brows to create a symmetrical and well-defined appearance. To darken or brighten the eyebrows’ natural color, eyebrow tinting involves putting a semi-permanent dye to the hairs. This can help fill in any gaps and give your brows a fuller appearance while also creating a more defined structure. If your brows are naturally sparse or lighter in color, tinting can help give them a more uniform appearance. 

Eyelash Tinting 

Another common procedure for wedding preparation is eyelash tinting, which can give your lashes a darker, more defined appearance without the use of mascara or extensions. By putting a semi-permanent dye to your, eyelash tinting can darken their appearance.