Three Months Before
In the ideal world, Dr. Grossman tells her A-list clients they should start the heavy-duty skin treatments three months before their wedding day — especially if they haven't had a lot of previous work done. "I think of it like going through your practice hair and makeup — if you want to be at your most beautiful, three months out is the time to start prepping so you avoid any big surprises," she says. Plus, she adds that it's good to go through skin procedures with with ample lead time, just so there's some wiggle room to tweak if need be.Thermage
For her clients interested in a little skin-firming and lifting (so, most people), Dr. Grossman recommends a Thermage treatment three months out. Thermage is a radio-frequency collagen-boosting facial laser treatment, and it does not come cheap — one treatment typically runs around $3,500. "If you need some lifting, Thermage is great three months before, because you're going to really start to get more of that collagen production," she says.
And if you're wondering what the heck this celeb-endorsed, dermatologist-proven treatment feels like, Gwyneth Paltrow admits
it's not exactly a relaxing cucumber-over-the-eyes facial. “It’s quite painful, like having your face smacked with a rubber band with an electric shock in it,” she told Hello Magazine
back in 2014. But if the elasticity of the Goop founder's skin is any indication, it probably works.Filler + Botox
"Three months prior, I'd recommend filler and botox," says Dr. Grossman. With anything that involves needles, the risk of bruising is high, so don't get injections anywhere close to your actual wedding day. When clients want a lot of work done, specifically filling in lines around the eyes or plumping up the lips, Dr. Grossman says you need about three months to get it right. "If someone comes in and they need filler underneath their eyes, around their temple, along their jaw line, and they want a little lip plumping, we do all of that months out to get them exactly the way they want," she explains.