Wedding planning can be extremely stressful and time consuming. Every bride wants to look stunning and walk down the aisle with confidence, which is why medical spa treatments and plastic surgery to enhance your natural beauty have become popular in the wedding planning line up. Dr. Diane Bowen, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, at Golden Isles Center for Plastic Surgery offers a wide range of rejuvenation treatments to help any bride or bridal party member get ready for the big day.

At Golden Isles Center for Plastic Surgery, located on Saint Simons Island, Dr. Diane Bowen and her highly trained medical staff are personable and professional. From the consultation, through treatment, recovery and beyond, they will be with you every step of the way. To not add stress to the wedding planning, ensure that any treatments received are completed with plenty of time for any needed healing.

Here is a suggested timeframe for rejuvenation treatments:

six months prior to the wedding

Surgical Procedures: This allows time for healing. Also note that you want to be healed from any surgical procedure before any alterations are completed.

• Breast Augmentation — This is a surgical procedure using implants to enhance the shape and volume of the breasts.

• Breast Lift — This is a surgical procedure to raise and firm the existing breast tissue. It can also reduce the size of the areola. In some instances, a breast augmentation and lift will need to be combined.

• Breast Reduction — This is a surgical procedure to remove excess breast fat, tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size that is more in proportion with your body as well as alleviate any discomfort that comes along with overly large breasts.

• Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck — This is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat, skin, and can restore weakened muscles to create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile. Having a flatter, firmer midsection can dramatically improve the way clothing fits and looks, helping you fell more confident and comfortable in your body.

six months prior to the wedding

Minimally invasive procedures

• BodyTite & FaceTite — This is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radio frequency to melt unwanted fat cells in those stubborn or hard to reach areas. Common treatment areas include abdominals, flanks, upper arms, thighs, and double chin. There is no cutting, no anesthesia, and minimal downtime.

• Lipocontouring — This is a minimally invasive procedure that sucks out unwanted fat cells. Dr. Bowen’s artistic ability as a surgeon allows for her to contour the body into a desired silhouette. This procedure can be done without anesthesia and in the comfort and privacy of our treatment facility.

• Morpheus8 — This is the new, state-of-the art rejuvenation treatment that combines radio frequency with micorneedling to lift and tighten any area. This treatment can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis (excess sweating), acne scarring, and stretch marks.

• YLift — Dr. Diane Bowen is the St. Simons’ only certified facilitator of the YLift. This procedure uses dermal fillers below the muscle to restore structure loss to the cheeks and jawline. This procedure is suitable at any age and helps to bring back that youthful definition without going through a surgery.

six months prior to the wedding

Facial Rejuvenation treatments — Address any uneven skin tone issues, such as rosacea, broken capillaries, brown spots, melasma, hyperpigmentation. In some instances more than one treatment is needed so better to have a consultation early on and create your treatment plan with a stress free timeline in mind.

These treatments include:

• Lumecca Photofacial

• Vi Peel

One to two weeks prior to the wedding

Finishing touches — Many brides and members of the bridal party will treat themselves to injectables and facials leading up to the special day. These treatments help to provide the makeup artists with a “fresh canvas” and give you the glowing confidence for the big day.

• Botox — Most recognize this injection by name, but for those who don’t know, this is used to improve the look of both moderate to severe wrinkles at the corners of the eyes, frown lines in between the eyebrows, and the forehead.

• Fillers — Dermal fillers come in a variety of thickness that allows for a custom-tailored treatment plan. Fillers can be used to restore lost volume in the lips, cheeks, and around the mouth area. We suggest that you have any filler at least one to two weeks before the wedding to ensure any bruising and swelling that may occur has subsided.

• Micropeel Facial — Not all peels are created equal, and not all peels come with “downtime.” This facial treatment uses SkinCeuticals professional skincare products. This facial removes unwanted vellus hair, or peach fuzz, and you are left with a radiant, healthy glow. This facial is referred to as the “red carpet” ready treatment. It’s ideal for any bride or bridal party member before applying makeup and being camera ready!

Each bride is different and enhancing your natural beauty is not a one size fits all. Dr. Bowen suggests a consultation to determine what treatment plan is best to suite your individual needs. Call Golden Isles Center for Plastic Surgery at 912-634-1993 and a member of her friendly staff will be happy to get you schedule for a consultation today.