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TriBeCa Plastic Surgery

Sydney R. Coleman, MD  |  Mary Lombardi, PA-C

Bride with veil over faceYour wedding day is one of the most amazing days of your life. It is also one of the few days where all the attention will be focused solely on you… and the groom, of course. Looking like perfection is probably one of the top goals of any bride on her big wedding day. To achieve their ideal look, many brides turn to cosmetic touch-ups and enhancements. However, when not properly scheduled, a cosmetic procedure can leave you looking less than perfect.

Here are some general guidelines on how soon in advance you should undergo surgical and non-surgical procedures before your wedding day to ensure the most flawless, amazing results possible.

Plan Ahead for Surgical Procedures

Many brides decide that their wedding is the best reason to finally achieve their ideal body. Whether it’s increasing your bust size, slimming your waist, or getting a flatter tummy, you should plan surgical procedures in advance because they can have longer recovery periods. Depending on the procedure, you may also still be experiencing some tenderness months later that may detract from your honeymoon.

Surgical Procedures

  • Breast Augmentation: Breast augmentation can be achieved using either implants or fat transfer. Fat transfer has a quicker recovery with less loss of breast sensation. If you are considering breast enhancement, be aware that:
    • You should undergo your procedure at least six months to one year prior to your wedding.
    • Numbness and tenderness can last for several months.
    • Minor swelling can last anywhere from six months to a year, which may affect the overall appearance of your breasts.
  • Tummy Tuck: You should consider tummy tuck surgery to achieve a flatter, leaner abdomen, especially if you have lost a significant amount of weight prior to your wedding. If you are considering abdominal enhancement, be aware that:
    • You should undergo your procedure at least two to three months before your wedding day.
    • You will need to avoid sexual intercourse for four to six weeks following your surgery while your abdominal muscles heal.
    • Minor swelling can last up to two months.
  • Liposuction: Many brides worry about excess deposits of fat preventing them from looking amazing on their wedding day. Liposuction permanently eliminates unwanted fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, and neck. If you are considering fat removal, be aware that:
    • You should undergo your procedure at least two months before your wedding.
    • Bruising and swelling can last for up to four weeks.
    • Smooth results are typically seen six weeks after surgery.  

Schedule Appropriately for Non-Surgical Treatments

Non-surgical treatments can be the quick and easy way to refine your appearance before your wedding day. But, like getting your hair cut, there are some treatments you should never undergo too close to the wedding. It is important that you schedule non-surgical treatments so they still have an impact on your appearance but also so that a negative reaction won’t affect your wedding day.

  • Ultherapy®: Minor skin laxity can prevent you from having the firm, lean appearance you desire on your wedding day. Ultherapy® is a non-surgical skin tightening system.
    • Undergo treatments three to six months before your wedding.
    • Results develop gradually, so your result may not be visible if you undergo your treatment too close to your wedding.
  • CoolSculpting®: Women with minor deposits of excess fat can consider CoolSculpting®. As an alternative to liposuction, CoolSculpting® eliminates fat that may affect how you look in your wedding dress but without the lengthy recovery. Coolsculpting® can treat the abdomen, thighs, love handles, and neck.
    • CoolSculpting® is only ideal for women who are close to their ideal goal weight.
    • Results develop over a period of weeks.
    • Undergo the treatment six weeks prior to your wedding.
    • Some patients may require multiple treatments to achieve their ideal results, so undergoing several treatments throughout your engagement may be best.
  • Injectables and Fillers: Injectable and filler treatments are the ideal way to smooth wrinkles and restore facial volume. Procedures are quick and the recovery minimal.
    • Undergo treatments at least four weeks prior to your wedding to ensure that bruising, swelling, and any potential poor reactions have subsided.
    • Since most fillers have only temporary results, you shouldn’t plan to undergo filler treatment sooner than six months before the big day.
  • Skin Care: Chemical peels and laser treatments are the ideal way to achieve a smooth and flawless complexion for your wedding day. There are a number of skin care treatments for various skin problems.
    • Undergo most skin care treatments a month prior to the wedding to ensure adequate healing time and still see the benefits of your results.

If you want to look and feel your best on your wedding day, schedule your consultation at TriBeCa Plastic Surgery today. Call us at (212) 571-5200 or contact us online.