A daughter’s wedding is cause to celebrate. But, many mothers of the bride experience mixed emotions about the event, which can range from excitement over the upcoming nuptials to disbelief at the fact that they are old enough to have a grown daughter. One thing all mothers of the bride have in common is that they want to look their best on their daughter’s wedding day.
Although most mothers know that dressing too dowdy for their daughter’s wedding will only age them, few mothers realize that the condition of their skin can make them look older than their age as well. Dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles may be evident as a result of accumulated sun exposure and the loss of elasticity that comes with aging.
In light of this, South Shore Skin Center’s dermatologists offer skin care tips and anti-aging and cosmetic treatment options to help moms look their personal best on their daughter’s big day:
Protect and Moisturize. Take care of your skin by protecting it from UVA/UVB exposure every day with a sunscreen with an SPF of 15+. Dry skin can increase the appearance of lines, so be sure to moisturize every day. Vitamin C applied topically every day will also nourish and help to improve the skin’s appearance.
Retin-A or Avage used at night can help reverse sun damage and decrease future sun damage.
Illuminize Peel enhances the skin’s appearance, clarity, color and texture. Made from a new generation of alpha-hydroxy acids, the Illuminize Peel is ideal for skin with photodamage, fine lines and wrinkles or pigmentation irregularities. It tightens skin for a more youthful appearance and minimizes the damaging effects from sun, aging and certain skin conditions.
Microdermabrasion rejuvenates the top layers of the skin to create a brighter, smoother appearance. Treatments may be done every six to eight weeks.
Botox may be used to treat lines around the eyes, frown lines between the eyes, and lines on the forehead that often appear with age. Botox works by relaxing the muscles that contract to form these lines, creating a smoother appearance in the treated areas. The effects last up to five months.
Wrinkle Fillers such as Restylane and Sculptra will last three to 12 months and will help to “plump” areas and reduce the appearance of deep lines and facial folds.
Fraxel re:pair and Fraxel re:store use the technology of a fractionated laser beam to ablate the tissue deep within the dermis to improve your skin’s appearance. Fraxel re:pair is designed to target aging and damaged skin, stimulating the body’s natural production of new collagen and skin cells. It is ideal for resurfacing soft tissues; improving pigmentation; eliminating redness and broken blood vessels and smoothing wrinkles or (“crow’s feet) around the eyes. Fraxel re:store is best for general resurfacing on the face, neck, chest and hands. It effectively treats a number of skin conditions and also reduces the appearance of acne scarring and surgical scars. Fraxel should be done at least three to six months prior to the wedding and it will last several years.
Lasers such as Thermage and IPL will effectively treat acne and acne scarring, brown and age spots and broken blood vessels. These lasers are also used to remove tattoos and eliminate spider veins.
“Taking care of your skin every day is the key to maintaining skin health. There are a number of affordable anti-aging and cosmetic treatments available that will reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and get rid of age spots or other blemishes. We advise mothers to talk to their dermatologist and learn more about their skin care and treatment options well in advance of their daughter’s wedding day,” noted Dr. Richard Eisen, dermatologist and founder of South Shore Skin Center.
South Shore Skin Center
Celebrating their 25th year, South Shore Skin Center is one of Massachusetts’ most progressive dermatology practices offering a wide range of medical, surgical and cosmetic services.
South Shore Skin Center’s cosmetic services include Fraxel re:pair and re:store; Gentle YAG, innovative Laser, IPL (Intensive Pulse Light), Thermage and treatments for age spots, acne scarring, birth marks, tattoos and more. The practice also offers a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Botox, Radiesse, Sculptra and other wrinkle fillers, Microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels. Anti-Aging and Cosmetic treatments are both safer and more effective when administered at a physician’s office such as South Shore Skin Center and Medical Spa.
South Shore Skin Center offices are located at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202 in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340, and 45 Resnik Road, Suite 102 in Plymouth, Mass., (508) 747-0711. Their brand new Medical Spa will soon be open and is located at Scobee Circle, across from Colony Place in Plymouth. For more information, visit the website at www.southshoreskincenter.com.