For awless wedding-day skin, Melanie Grant from Sydney’s Double Bay Clinic recommends creating a complexion plan half a year ahead, working with a professional on the timing of treatments. Heavier procedures, such as Fraxel resurfacing, shouldn’t be used less than six months out. “Fraxel lasers are fantastic for diminishing deeper pigmentation and retexturing the skin, but require ample downtime, so should be done well in advance,” she says.
Another popular bride-to-be treatment is Gwyneth Paltrow’s favourite, Thermage. “It uses radiofrequency to denature collagen, forcing it to break down and remodel,” explains Grant. “As it rebuilds, it will contract slightly, so you get a subtle lift.” Only one session is needed, but results don’t show their full effect until up to six months later, so it’s worth planning ahead.
By Sara McLean