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Pre-Wedding Treatment Timeline: Which Procedures to Book and When

Spring is fast approaching, and many brides are planning to make their way down the aisle and into a lifetime of wedded bliss. However, wedding planning can be stressful business, especially in the few months leading up to your big day. Between venue selection and invitations, few brides (and grooms) have time to sit and explore the best time for their pre-wedding treatment.

To help our future newlyweds, check out our guide to your pre-wedding treatments, guaranteed to help you reach a no-stress wedding day.

Dermatology Timeline

Nothing can ruin your special day quite like dull skin or an outbreak of stress-related acne. Taking care of your skin with these treatments starting months before your wedding day can remove one stressor off your plate:

12 Months before your wedding

Find a trusted dermatologist who is an expert in the treatments you’re considering. For patients who aren’t sure what they’re looking for other than beautiful skin, shop around and schedule consultations with different specialists who offer a wide range of procedures. What is important is to bring up your primary skin concerns and ask prospective specialists how you can best reach your goals.

Communicating with your dermatologist from the get-go is also extremely important. Being up front about budget, goals, wedding and honeymoon details as well as long-term treatment strategies can ensure you receive the best care possible.

For individuals looking to lose weight or sculpt their figures before their big day, setting realistic goals a year in advance is extremely important. Some body contouring procedures like CoolSculpting and liposuction require that you reach and maintain your goal weight before pursuing treatment, which can then take several months in order to achieve your ideal figure. Scheduling a consultation with a nutritionist or personal trainer now will help you reach important treatment milestones well before your big day.

Nine months before your wedding

If your wedding preparations include deep facial rejuvenation, nine months out is the perfect time to get these started. This is usually when we recommend undergoing chemical peels, microneedling with platelet rich plasma, and other more invasive treatments. Getting them completed this far out ensures your face will be well healed and at the peak of results by the time your special day rolls around.

If body sculpting was in your pre-wedding timeline, nine months out is the perfect time to start looking for an experienced specialist who can complete your desired treatment. Be sure to ask your prospective plastic surgeon about their experience, specialty and recommended treatment plan. As with a dermatologist, communicating upfront about your treatment goals and expectations will help ensure successful treatment.

Six months before your wedding

Looking at laser facial rejuvenation? Now is the perfect time to get these treatments completed before your wedding day. For patients who completed deep skin rejuvenation treatments, six months out can be a great time to complete any follow-up treatment without risking lengthy recovery. If dermal fillers were on your list of enhancements, now is the time to start exploring your options and testing out long-term treatments such as Juvéderm® or BOTOX®.

On the body sculpting side, now is the best time to have treatments completed. For liposuction, six months out should be sufficient time to heal before your big day. If you’re planning on a honeymoon right after the ceremony, you’ll want to be healed well before your blissful trip. For patients considering CoolSculpting, six months out should give you enough time to see the results of your treatment and complete all necessary treatment sessions before walking down the aisle.

Three months before your wedding

At three months to go, any long-term treatments should be on their last session. We recommend avoiding starting any big or invasive treatments to ensure your skin is healed and radiant for any pre-wedding photos. If you had dermal fillers on your list, now is the time to complete those enhancements to ensure they have plenty of time to blend in fully and enhance your features.

By three months, any body contouring procedures should be nearing completion or be in the final touch-up stage. Healing several months before your wedding day ensures that you’re primed for recovery without also having to deal with the inevitable stress of last-minute wedding errands and issues.

One month before your wedding

With just a month left, we recommend visiting your specialist for last minute touch-ups and treatments that enhance your appearance rather than diving into new treatments. During your last pre-wedding session, our specialist will also provide you with skincare recommendations for maintaining your results and avoiding unwanted outbreaks before you have a chance to walk down the aisle.

Plan Ahead with Aria Dermspa

You deserve to feel confident and beautiful on your wedding day. Start your beauty journey with Aria DermSpa by calling (203) 421-6674 today and schedule your consultation with Dr. Donofrio. Together, our team will help you create the ultimate treatment strategy that leaves your feeling your absolute best on your special day. Get started today!


How to Gift Cosmetic Dermatology for the Holidays

It’s the season of giving. Not only are we celebrating with family, we’re celebrating family and friends for the joy they bring to our lives every day. Finding the right way to express your appreciation can be challenging. Rather than waste money with a less than personal trinket, gift cosmetic dermatology. This is a gift you know they’ll appreciate and will improve their self-confidence.

Why Cosmetic Dermatology is the Best Gift

The choice to undergo cosmetic dermatology is personal and often underrated. For some, the decision takes a backseat to other expenses or treatments for their loved ones. Giving the gift of cosmetic dermatology is giving your close friends the opportunity to treat and spend precious time on their own health and care.

Top Treatments

If you are choosing to gift cosmetic dermatology to a close friend, chances are you’ve heard of their skin concerns and struggles with finding the perfect solution. Regardless of how well you know the patient, we recommend that the patient receiving the gift selects their gift during a consultation, so that there are no unwelcome surprises. While this may take away the element of surprise, it will ensure they receive the treatment they want and need. Among the most popular gifts at Aria DermSpa are:

BOTOX® and Dysport

Perfect as a proactive treatment or to help stall future deepening of wrinkles, injectables like BOTOX® and Dysport are excellent anti-aging solutions suitable for nearly all patients. As a gift, sessions can be given as one-time treatment or as a bundle of sessions. As injectables provide the most benefits when they are completed over a series of treatment sessions, Dr. Donofrio recommends bundling to provide your loved one with long lasting results that make a difference.

While BOTOX® and Dysport are very similar, there are significant differences that make each treatment ideal for different candidates. When you gift these injectables, our Madison, CT dermatologist will work with the recipient to ensure the correct treatment for their concerns.

Dermal Fillers

From increasing lip volume to restoring sunken cheeks, dermal fillers are an excellent option appreciated by patients of all ages. As a non-invasive cosmetic treatment, dermal fillers are a uniquely valuable gift as sessions are short enough to fit in a lunch break or between errands. Furthermore, the discreet results are perfect for patients who are worried about making drastic changes to their appearance.

As there are a number of different dermal filler options available, treatments can be specifically tailored to each individual’s needs. After gifting dermal filler injections, we’ll work with your loved one to identify which formula will most successfully help them reach their goals.  At Aria DermSpa, patients can choose from Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Belotero.

Rejuvenation Procedures

Skin rejuvenation treatments are also excellent gift options. While many skin rejuvenation treatments are a bit more invasive than other cosmetic dermatology procedures, these advanced options yield long-lasting results that noticeably turn back the hands of time. At Aria DermSpa, our state-of-art practice offers a full suite of treatment options. Some of the most popular rejuvenation procedures our patients choose include:

  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Microneedling
  • PRP Facial Rejuvenation
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

Give the Gift of Self-Care

Nearly everyone appreciates the value of self-care and few have the time to indulge. This year give loved ones the gift of self-love through cosmetic dermatology procedures. To learn more about gifting treatments and selecting the right one for friends and family, call Dr. Donofrio at (203) 421-6674.


Fall Skincare Tips for Gorgeous Skin

After a hot summer, we can definitely say we’re looking forward to changing seasons and cooling temperatures. However, just because the seasons are changing, doesn’t mean you can’t keep your summer glow and clear skin. Check out Dr. Donofrio’s top tips for gorgeous skin this fall.

Routine, Routine, Routine

As the season’s change, so do your skin’s needs. While many may find they can get away with less moisturizer in the summer, drier weather means your skin needs the additional nourishment to stay hydrated and pliant. Maintaining your dewy, fresh look year-round starts with a trip to your medicine cabinet. Before fall is fully underway, we recommend revisiting your skincare regimen and swapping out summer-specific cleansers or moisturizers for ones that are tailored to tackle crisp weather. This re-evaluation should include:

Check Your Cleanser

While a summer skin cleanser may help tamp down excess oil production, using the same formula during the fall can dry out skin, causing it to age faster and lose its glow. If you’re planning on revitalizing your skincare regimen for the fall, we recommend starting with your cleanser. A good autumnal face wash shouldn’t leave your skin feeling tight or itchy.


Between the summer heat and excess sweating, chances are your face has collected its fair share of dead skin cells. Making daily or weekly exfoliation part of your fall skincare routine is crucial to keeping skin clear, meaning fewer blemishes and better skin health.


Looking for the key to glowing skin? A good moisturizer. Especially during the cooler months, when we’re dealing with colder temperatures outside and overusing heaters indoors. Keep your skin hydrated this fall by investing in a moisturizer designed for your skin type. If it has SPF in it, even better – the sun’s harmful rays can still damage skin cells even during the cooler months.

In-Office Treatments

A solid at-home skin care regimen is only part of keeping healthy, glowing skin as the summer gives way to fall. Many in-office skincare treatments, including injectables and chemical peels, are designed to boost the appearance and health of skin, ensuring you feel confident in your appearance year-round.

Face Fall with a Fuller, Smoother Appearance

If you spent most of your summer outside and in the sun, chances are your skin has suffered at least a little sun damage. While it may not be completely noticeable yet, dead or dying skin cells caused by too much sun and not enough sunscreen can accelerate the appearance of aging. For patients who’ve already noticed signs that their skin has lost some of its youthful suppleness or volume, additional sun damage can speed up these symptoms.

Rather than let these conditions worsen over the fall and winter, preventive care with injectables can turn back the clock on these common signs of aging. Patients who’ve seen fine lines and wrinkles start to appear across the forehead or near the eyes and mouth have found BOTOX® to be the ideal solution for putting the aging process on hold. This injectable has also been shown to be an effective preventive option for younger individuals looking to take control of the way their skin ages. For individuals looking to add more, natural-looking volume to areas that have lost volume, Dr. Donofrio offers a wide array of hyaluronic acid-based injections, such as Restylane® and Radiesse®, to replace collagen in specific areas of the face.

Enjoy Full Rejuvenation Before Fall

For some patients, preparing for the changing seasons requires starting with a fresh slate. This can mean full facial rejuvenation through more comprehensive dermatological care. Treatments like fractional laser skin resurfacing or PRP facial rejuvenation are just a few of the many options available to help patients clear away damaged skin and kickstart the healing process. When combined with a personalized at home skincare regimen, many of our Madison patients are pleased to find their skin looks and feels fantastic well into the cold season.

Keep Your Skin Beautiful this Fall – Schedule Your Consultation Today!

At Aria Dermspa, we know how differently each patient’s skin can react to changing seasons. That’s why all of our treatment solutions are designed with your skin type, concerns, and goals in mind. As one of Madison’s top dermatologists, Dr. Donofrio offers a wide array of preventive and restorative skincare solutions. From developing at-home care regimens to administering advanced rejuvenation treatments, our dermatologist is here to help you keep your skin looking its best. Call 203-421-6674 today to schedule your consultation!