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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

OXYGENEO

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.

 

LASER SKIN WHITENING

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.

 

DERMAL FILLERS

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.

LIP PLUMPING

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.

FACE AND BODY CONTOURING

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.

 

TREATMENT FOR EXCESSIVE UNDERARM PERSPIRATION

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.

 

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

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.

SMILE CORRECTION

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

LASIK

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

Photos: Getty Images

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