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The right treatments to prep for your wedding

Here’s your go-to guide for the most sought-after pre-wedding beauty treatments


About: Oxygeneo helps exfoliate, infuse the face with oxygen and hydrate it

Recommended for: Fresh, rejuvenated look and glow

When: A week prior to the wedding; ideally 2-3 sessions are suggested

Ideal recovery period: No recovery period

Permanent/temporary: Temporary; 1 week-10 days

Cost: On request; tailor-made for each consumer

Note: It is imperative to have the dermatologist examine the skin type of the bride-to-be to ensure that she gets the benefits of the facial.



About: This is a combination treatment approach with fractional Q switched NdYAG laser called Helios radio frequency and ultrasound

Recommended for: Blemish-free clear glowing even-toned skin

When: 2-3 weeks prior to the wedding

Ideal recovery period: No recovery period

Permanent/temporary: Depends on the sessions. One session lasts for about 2-3 months; 4-5 sessions last for a year

Cost: Rs 8,000-9,550

Note: Avoid any massages or facials on the day of the treatment. Also, don’t wax or bleach the face and avoid direct sun exposure for two hours after the treatment.



About: Hyaluronic acid is injected into unwanted lines (for example, around the laugh lines) to smoothen and plump them.

Recommended for: Plumping up and filling hollows, deep wrinkles and scars around the cheeks and chin

When: 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding

Ideal recovery period: 7 days

Permanent/temporary: Temporary; depends on the products used. Effects last about 3-18 months

Cost: Rs 10,000-40,000 per ml

Note: In case you are taking any blood thinners, your dermatologists will usually ask you to stop them 2-3 days prior. However, it can be done without stopping as well, but there could be chance of bruises. Give a few days for the filler to settle in and don’t panic immediately after the procedure.


About: Lip plumping works on creating lip volume, adding lustre to the lips, giving good definition and colour in the case of some girls who have slightly darker lips

Recommended for: Increasing the volume and improving appearance of the lips

When: 2-3 weeks prior to the wedding

Ideal recovery period: 1-2 days

Permanent/temporary: Temporary; 6 months

Cost: Rs 15,000-30,000 per session

Note: Ensure the doctor, clinic and machines are accredited.


About: Procedure that removes excess skin/fat and supports underlying tissues to define specific body parts

Recommended for: For those who have had major weight loss, toning

When: 3 months prior to the wedding

Ideal recovery period: No recovery time; but soreness can last a few days

Permanent/temporary: Semi-permanent; needs maintenance once a year

Cost: Rs 70,000

Note: Since there are micro-wound zones created under the skin, there should be minimal movement in the treatment area for 48 hours.



About: Botox is injected in the skin or underarms; temporarily prevents the eccrine sweat glands from producing excess amount of sweat

Recommended for: Those who sweat profusely in the underarms

When: 1 month before the wedding

Ideal recovery period: No recovery time

Permanent/temporary: Temporary. Lasts about 4-6 months

Cost: Rs 25,000-30,000

Note: Not everyone who takes it will experience side-effects. Soreness at the injection site or bruising are common side-effects.



About: With the advent of new painless diode laser, hair removal is now a pleasurable experience

Recommended for: Hair removal

When: 8-10 months prior to the wedding. At least six sessions are needed

Ideal recovery period: 1 day, after every session

Permanent/temporary: Permanent, but requires multiple sessions

Cost: Depends on the area

Note:  Never do a laser hair removal soon after a beach holiday or vacation as there is tanning and that can lead to burns. Also, do not wax or thread the hair that has to be lasered.


About: Dramatically changes the colour, shape and alignment of the front teeth

Recommended for: Correcting the alignment of your teeth

When: 1-2 months prior to the wedding; treatment takes 1-2 weeks

Ideal recovery period: 2-3 days

Permanent/temporary: Permanent

Cost: Rs 3,000-15,000 per tooth; depending on material used

Note: Avoid biting into hard food items with the front teeth. Proper oral hygiene has to be maintained. Biannually routine check-up is required


About: The procedure is designed to remove the dependency on the glasses. It’s a safe and precise procedure.

Recommended for: Vision problems and reduces your dependency on eyeglasses or contact lenses

When: 2-3 weeks prior to the wedding

Ideal recovery period: 2 days

Permanent/temporary: Permanent; till the age of 40

Cost: Rs 80,000 for both eyes

Note: You should not wear any makeup, eyeliner, perfume, etc before the surgery

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