Dr Emily MacGregor, medical aesthetics specialist at STORY clinic in Marylebone, London, answers your questions about timing having anti-wrinkle treatment for the first time before your wedding, right.
Question: “When should I have wrinkle reduction treatment for the first time if I’m getting married soon?”
If you are getting wrinkle reduction treatments for the first time, we recommend you have your first treatment at least 6 months before your wedding day.
This allows you to get used to your anti-wrinkle treatment results and decide whether the effects are what you are looking for. If not, you can either let them fade or the treatment can be adjusted at your second appointment in order to achieve your line-smoothing goals.
Your second appointment should take place at least four weeks before your big day.
The 4 weeks before your wedding timeline also applies anyone who has had anti-wrinkle treatments previously and knows how they react and the look they’re going for.
I always advise having a full consultation when you first start considering injectable treatments. This may or may not take place on the same day as your treatment so do factor this into your timeline when planning your bridal tweakment timings.
Wrinkle reduction results and aftercare
As Dr Marcus explained in a recent video about whether addressing lines in the forehead with anti-wrinkle treatment will give a “frozen face” look, you can retain as much or as little movement as you prefer.
Wrinkle reduction treatment can be personalised to your goals, in this respect, you just have to be completely open with your STORY doctor during your consultation. That way your treatment will be tailored specifically to you and your needs.
When it comes to aftercare, all the information will be discussed with and made available to you during your consultation appointment. There are a few of precautions to be aware of, however.
- Whilst occasionally a small amount of bruising or redness may occur, this treatment generally has no downtime associated with it and any such signs should disappear quickly.
- We advise you to avoid applying makeup to the injection sites for 12 hours after your treatment to minimise any potential infection risks.
- Alcohol, strenuous exercise and facial massage should be avoided for 24 hours after your treatment to prevent facial flushing which can prevent your treatment from working to the best of its ability.
- Aspirin and ibuprofen should also be avoided for the first 24 hours as they may increase the risk of bruising.
We hope this information about getting the timing right for your bridal anti-wrinkle treatment is helpful for your planning. As before, there’s no substitute for a personal consultation so we recommend booking one in as soon as you feel ready. That way you will have plenty of time to get all the information as to what will work best – as well as what may not work – for you, and to make a decision without feeling rushed.