For the mother of the bride, a daughter’s wedding brings with it a wealth of emotions. Happiness, obviously! Maybe a little sadness that your daughter is all grown up. It might remind you of your own wedding day. Seeing your daughter in her dress, looking stunningly beautiful, well, it may make you feel a little wistful. You also might feel a bit self-conscious that, as one of the most important people at the wedding, a lot of people will be looking at you. There will be a ton of photos. But there is no reason at all why your daughter should be the only one glowing on the big day. With just a little planning, you can drop years off your appearance and look more like the sister of the bride than the mother!
If you want to lose one to two decades of ageing, there are always cosmetic surgical options. A Face and Neck Lift is the ultimate in facial rejuvenation, but it requires a longer recovery period than non-surgical alternatives. If the wedding is coming up soon, surgery might require time that you can’t afford. Thankfully, there are a number of non-surgical, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that can give you excellent results with a fraction of the recovery time.
The term Liquid Facelift refers to receiving the benefits of a facelift using injections (i.e., liquid) instead of using surgery. Obviously injected liquid cannot lift and tighten as well as sutures and surgical skill, but a Liquid Facelift is a wonderful alternative for someone who does not want, or is not quite ready, for a true facelift.
One aspect of the Liquid Facelift is the replacement of volume lost through ageing. Unfortunately, as we age we start to lose fat and volume in the face. Dr. Flaharty and our master injectors will look at your entire face with a goal of addressing any areas of volume loss.
Loss of fat can result in dark hollows under the eyes, thinness, and a general look of tiredness. The incredibly thin skin around the eyes also starts to get wrinkle. These two problems can easily be remedied with injectables like Bellotero, Juvederm or other similar dermal fillers.
Other areas of your face also experience fat loss and thinning of the skin. Areas like your cheeks and the areas around your nose and mouth may develop deep folds or lines due to sagging skin, loss of fat and generalized effects of ageing. Dermal fillers like Voluma, Restylane Lyft, Refyne or Vollure may be used to restore volume and plump deeper lines and folds.
To address wrinkles made from “frown muscles” Dr. Flaharty may inject Botox® or Dysport®, both of which relax the tiny muscles that create lines and wrinkles around your eyes or on your forehead. Dr. Flaharty and our master injectors use a tiny amount of these products to relax those tiny twitch muscles around the eyes and forehead. After 7-14 days, once those muscles have relaxed, you will see the wrinkles begin soften and smooth. Botox and Dysport have been safely used for years, in fact Botox has been FDA-approved since 2002.
While the Liquid Facelift has many benefits, it doesn’t last forever. Dermal fillers can last from 6 to 18 months, while Botox and Dysport last around 4 months. You can visit our office periodically to re-touch your look, just as you do for your hair or nails. If you’re looking for an amazing non-surgical result with almost no down-time – the Liquid Facelift may be just what you need to be selfie-ready.
Smoothing the texture and firming up the tightness of your skin is just as important as relaxing wrinkles and restoring volume. As we age, we start to lose the collagen that keeps our skin tight and radiant. Without it, our skin starts to lose its luster and begins to sag and develop a rough texture. INFINI is one of our most versatile minimally-invasive solutions to this problem, using radio frequency energy to jumpstart the production of new collagen.
The procedure uses your body’s natural healing process to build new collagen and elastin in response to micro-injuries to the skin. We use the INFINI device to microneedle the top layer of your skin with tiny gold-plated microneedles. These needles deliver radio frequency (RF) energy in the form of heat to the deeper layers of your skin, causing the collagen there to contract. These needles also stimulate your body’s natural healing processes at a very deep level, resulting in new collagen being produced. This new collagen will smooth and tighten the skin above, softening wrinkles, minimizing loose skin and laxity in the neck, and improving any signs of acne scars on the cheeks or forehead.
The results from an INFINI treatment aren’t immediate and a series of three to four treatments are recommended. It will take time for your body’s natural processes to generate new collagen and elastin which results in smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin. It can take a few weeks for your results to become apparent, so best to book well ahead of the wedding.
If the wedding is rapidly approaching and you don’t have time for any surgical or non-surgical procedures, don’t worry, because the HydraFacialMD is a fantastic, quick way to refresh your skin. This famous procedure combines hydration with exfoliation and extraction, to leave your face revitalized and refreshed without any redness or irritation. The HydraFacialMD is the facial of choice for many Hollywood celebrities, as it can rapidly help diminish signs of fine lines and wrinkles. If it works for celebrities on the red carpet, it will definitely work for you at the wedding!
There are four steps to the HydraFacialMD. First, cleansing and exfoliation. We use a special spiral tool to open your pores and get rid of any dead skin cells. The second step is a light glycolic acid peel. This is very mild, loosening up dirt and debris without causing any irritation. You might feel a slight tingle, but that should be it. The next step is extraction, where we use a painless vacuum tool to unclog your pores and draw impurities from the skin. Finally, we hydrate, using another specially designed tool to nourish your skin with a serum of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. All in all, the procedure takes about 30 minutes. It’s the perfect last-minute procedure before the big day!
All of these procedures can deliver noticeable and natural-looking results, but the real magic is when they are done in combination. With Dr. Flaharty’s expertise, he can put together the perfect combination of surgical and injection procedures. Our master injectors and estheticians can easily design injection, peel, and facial treatments to soothe you body and soul prior to the wedding. Our Consultations are complimentary; you only have to give us a call at (239) 747-1148 to book an appointment. If you would like more information about these pre-wedding, pre-photo procedures, or any of the other surgical, non-surgical and Medical Spa treatments, please visit our website at www.azulbeauty.com. We can’t wait to help you look your best on the big day!