Wedding Beauty Prep

With the New Year in full swing, I have seen an influx of new brides here at Caren Campbell MD Dermatology. While we can certainly help any bride or groom look and feel his or her best for the special day, it is ideal for brides and grooms to see their dermatologist at least 6 to 12 months prior to the wedding. This lead time allows for a plan to be put into place ensuring ample time to complete a potential series of treatments that may take a few months to take effect.

As you might expect, most of my wedding prep patients are women wanting to relax forehead wrinkles and improve the appearance of under-eye circles. Both of these issues are best addressed with injectables like Botox, Dysport and Restylane. Botox and Dysport help to relax forehead lines in 2 weeks and last 3-4 months. In a perfect world, I like to treat my brides 4-6 months before their weddings to ensure they are in love with their new look and then “touch-up” their Botox or Dysport 1 month before the wedding. For dark under-eye circles, tear trough filler looks its best at about 6 weeks. Ideally, a bride or groom is coming to me for fillers 6 to 12 weeks before their special day.

My other favorite wedding prep treatments include lasers like VBeam Perfecta, Clear and Brilliant and Fraxel. VBeam can be used to minimize redness and flushing. VBeam can also help minimize the appearance of under-eye circles, acne, improve skin texture and shrink pores. Clear and Brilliant is the ideal laser for busy professionals and parents who can’t tolerate the normal downtime associated with lasers used to treat pigmentation, wrinkles and skin texture. Ideally, a series for 2-4 Clear and Brilliants would be performed spaced 4-6 weeks apart pre-wedding to give your skin a radiant, no need for make-up glow. Lastly, for those needing a more serious skin boost, Fraxel is the gold standard for sun spot removal and skin texture improvement. A series of Fraxel treatments can erase acne scars, wrinkles, and decades of sun damage, but Fraxel does require 5-7 days of recovery time after each treatment. One Fraxel can give you the equivalent of 2-4 Clear and Brilliants, so if you have a week to “work from home” this may be your best bet for wedding prep.

Don’t forget the basics, skincare is a huge part of wedding prep. Most skincare routines take at least 2-3 months of daily use to reap real benefits. Especially if you are experiencing active pre wedding acne, 2-3 months is ideal to get things under control. Most topical medications for acne take a bare minimum of 6 to 8 weeks to start working so planning ahead of time for acne is best.

Despite this ideal 6-12 month timeframe, wedding prep procrastinators can still reap the benefits from a visit or two with their dermatologist. Active acne can be injected with steroids, lasers can minimize redness and uneven skin tone, and light chemical peels can give you a wedding ready glow.

While these ideas serve as possible tips for wedding prep, personalized plans are key. If you would like to learn more about the variety of tools available to you pre-wedding, schedule a consultation with me online at or give us a call at 415-839-8118. We look forward to helping you feel your very best on your special day!