There are many moving pieces and details involved with planning a wedding, and while the happy couple runs the show, the wedding party also has responsibilities and is in the spotlight.
That’s why it’s so important to start planning beauty routines and treatments ahead of time to ensure that everyone is looking and feeling their best for the wedding celebration. One trend that is climbing the ranks in wedding parties more and more is the use of medical aesthetic treatments.
“Medical aesthetic treatments, including energy-based devices and injectable neurotoxins and fillers, have become a common part of a woman’s beauty and wellness regimen — and, in turn, their big day,” said Heidi A. Waldorf, MD, president of Waldorf Dermatology Aesthetics in Nanuet, NY. “Patients are increasingly researching medical aesthetic treatments — and the science behind them — so they feel more confident in the options that are right for them.”
With official wedding season approaching, here are some beauty tips that will have you ready to walk down the aisle.
Bride and bridesmaids
Establishing and following a beauty routine months in advance can help reduce stress and create a good base for your stylists. However, there are some things you can’t address with self-care and at-home beauty routines alone. For example, for those in the wedding party who have frown lines or wrinkles between their eyebrows often caused by repetitive facial expressions (e.g., from squinting at the computer screen all day), one option to look your best is an anti-wrinkle treatment or, in medical terminology, a neurotoxin.
One neurotoxin particularly popular among brides-to-be is the injectable neurotoxin Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA). With more than 10 years in the U.S. market, Xeomin is the first FDA approved anti-wrinkle injection for frown lines that is uniquely purified to remove unnecessary proteins.* The treatment is administered by doctors, dermatologists, plastic surgeons and medspa clinicians, and has consistently delivered a well-established safety and efficacy profile. Even Hollywood A-Lister Gwyneth Paltrow uses it.
“For patients who are looking for a neuromodulator without unnecessary proteins, I let them know that as a wrinkle-smoothing injection, Xeomin is double filtered, so its active ingredient contains only what’s needed,” said Dr. Doris Day, a board-certified dermatologist in NYC. “Xeomin is suitable for adults of all ages. Individual results may vary, so be sure to schedule your consultation with your medical professional ahead of time to see if it is right for you, as it usually takes about 7 days to see results.”
Brides and bridesmaids should not have any problems squeezing a Xeomin treatment in between bridal appointments; you need just about 15 minutes for your appointment after an initial consultation, and the typical duration of effect is three to four months.
Groom and groomsmen
Attention will also be on the face of the groom and groomsmen on the wedding day. Consider getting a haircut or trim a week or so out and booking a professional shave for the day before or on the wedding day. A hot towel shave by a barber will leave your skin looking soft, smooth and moisturized, which reduces the risk of irritation and red skin. You can pair a professional shave with a facial treatment to buff away dry, dull skin so you can look your best, in-person and for those important wedding photos.
“Women aren’t the only ones coming into my office for aesthetic treatments like Xeomin,” said Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera, board-certified dermatologist in Fort Lauderdale, FL. “I’m treating more and more men who understand the benefits of investing in their appearance — whether it’s for their career or an important life moment like getting married.”
Mother of the bride or groom
It may be your child’s big day, but as the mother of the bride or groom, you’ll be a visible, important member of the wedding party. If the bride has hired a professional makeup artist for the wedding, book an appointment with them ahead of time to discuss options and preferences.
Regardless of your age, makeup should be fun. Research makeup ideas and find reference photos, so your makeup artist has an idea of which trends you prefer and how they can customize them to suit your face. According to The Knot, you can coordinate your makeup with the bridesmaids or match the wedding colors, creating a cohesive look that underscores your connection to the happy couple.
A beautiful day for all
A wedding is a time of celebration. Whether it’s bride and groom, bride and bride, or groom and groom, it’s meant to be one of the happiest days of a couple’s life together. With these beauty tips, everyone in the wedding will look their best so they can focus on what really matters: the love shared between the newlyweds.
*Uniquely purified means all the unnecessary proteins are removed, leaving the active part of the molecule, which then smooths your frown lines. Head-to-head studies evaluating the relative risk of immunogenicity due to the presence or absence of complexing/unnecessary proteins have not been performed.
About XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA)
XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA) is a botulinum toxin type A approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults. For more information, including Full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide, please visit www.xeominaesthetic.com. See below for Important Consumer Safety Information.
XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA) IMPORTANT CONSUMER SAFETY INFORMATION Read the Medication Guide before you start receiving XEOMIN (Zeo-min) and each time XEOMIN is given to you as there may be new information. The risk information provided here is not comprehensive. To learn more:
- Talk to your health care provider or pharmacist
- Visit www.xeominaesthetic.com to obtain the FDA-approved product labeling
- Call 1-866-862-1211
XEOMIN is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults for a short period of time (temporary).
It is not known if XEOMIN is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
XEOMIN may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these problems anytime (hours to weeks) after treatment with XEOMIN:
- Problems with swallowing, speaking, or breathing can happen within hours to weeks after an injection of XEOMIN if the muscles that you use to breathe and swallow become weak. Death can happen as a complication if you have severe problems with swallowing or breathing after treatment with XEOMIN.
- People with certain breathing problems may need to use muscles in their neck to help them breathe and may be at greater risk for serious breathing problems with XEOMIN.
- Swallowing problems may last for several months, and during that time you may need a feeding tube to receive food and water. If swallowing problems are severe, food or liquids may go into your lungs. People who already have swallowing or breathing problems before receiving XEOMIN have the highest risk of getting these problems.
- Spread of toxin effects. In some cases, the effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas of the body away from the injection site and cause symptoms of a serious condition called botulism. The symptoms of botulism include: loss of strength and muscle weakness all over the body, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing.
These symptoms can happen hours to weeks after you receive an injection of XEOMIN. These problems could make it unsafe for you to drive a car or do other dangerous activities.
Do not use XEOMIN if you are allergic to XEOMIN or any of the ingredients in XEOMIN (see the end of this Guide for a list of ingredients in XEOMIN), had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin products such as rimabotulinumtoxinB (MYOBLOC®), onabotulinumtoxinA (BOTOX®, BOTOX® COSMETIC), or abobotulinumtoxinA (DYSPORT®) or have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
Before receiving XEOMIN, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- have a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome)
- have had any side effect from any other botulinum toxin in the past
- have a breathing problem such as asthma oremphysema
- have a history of swallowing problems or inhaling food or fluid into your lungs (aspiration)
- have bleeding problems
- have drooping eyelids
- have plans to have surgery
- have had surgery on your face
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if XEOMIN can harm your unborn baby.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if XEOMIN passes into breast milk.
Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Talk to your doctor before you take any new medicines after you receive XEOMIN.
Using XEOMIN with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received XEOMIN in the past. Especially tell your doctor if you
- have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last four months
- have received injections of botulinum toxin such as rimabotulinumtoxinB (MYOBLOC®), onabotulinumtoxinA (BOTOX®, BOTOX® COSMETIC) and abobotulinumtoxinA (DYSPORT®) in the past. Be sure your doctor knows exactly which product you received. The dose of XEOMIN may be different from other botulinum toxin products that you have received.
- have recently received an antibiotic by injection
- take muscle relaxants
- take an allergy or cold medicine
- take a sleep medicine
Ask your doctor if you are not sure if your medicine is one that is listed above.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.
Possible Side Effects
XEOMIN can cause serious side effects that can be life threatening including allergic reactions. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to XEOMIN may include: itching, rash, redness, swelling, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you get wheezing or asthma symptoms, or if you get dizzy or faint. See “Warnings.”
The most common side effect of XEOMIN in people with glabellar lines include:
These are not all the possible side effects of XEOMIN. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
General information about the safe and effective use of XEOMIN
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about XEOMIN that is written for health professionals.
Active Ingredient: botulinum toxin type A
Inactive Ingredients: human albumin and sucrose
Intended for U.S. audiences only.