Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Bridal Beauty Tips

Ona Spa and Dr. Kaplan on The Bridal Guide to Beauty

Dr. Kaplan

1. Botox on palms and underarms will prevent sweaty handshakes and sweat stains on the dress.

2. Micro-laser peel – better, faster, and less painful than a chemical peel, the micro-laser peel precisely and evenly removes the top layers of the skin, revealing new skin that is smooth and has even skin tone. Removes any light freckles and lessens fine lines and wrinkles. Gives a natural glow to the face. Should be done at least 2 weeks before the big day.

3. Botox to forehead, frown lines, crow's feet to minimize the appearance of wrinkles (and preventing you from deepening the ones you have). Can also be injected to the top corners of the eyebrow to give upper eyelids a slight lift. Even to the neck, to lessen heavy lines. Also, Botox can be injected into the jaw line, for people who have very muscular/angular jaw lines and favor a more oval shaped face. Botox can also be injected in the calves, for people who feel they have overly muscular or uneven calves.

4. Injectable fillers, such as Radiesse (made of calcium and lasts 8 months to a year), Juvederm and Restylane (hyaluronic acid fillers which last up to 3-6 months) can be used to:
a) Fix any asymmetry of the lips. Can also be used to give a fuller pout.
b) Soften nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the corner of your nose to your mouth)
c) "non-surgical nose job" for people who have a slight bump in their nose bridge, a filler can fill in the valley between the forehead and this bump. This enhances a person's profile with absolutely zero down time.
d) enhance cheekbones
e) plump really deep furrows and lines in the forehead, which no amount of Botox can erase
f) for deep acne scars or "pits" in the skin, fillers can be used to plump these crevices so they are virtually invisible
g) inject into the balls of the feet, to help 'pad' the feet when wearing high heels

5. Laser
a) remove red blood vessels along the corners of the nose (instant results, and zero down time)
b) remove spider veins that may appear on the back of legs, thighs, and upper arms
c) for people who plan a month in advance, consider a deep laser resurfacing, which is much, much deeper than a micro-laser peel but does an amazing job of basically removing a thick layer of skin to virtually erase excess, wrinkly skin under the eyes, all age spots, freckles, fine lines, etc. Your skin will be scabbed and red for at least 2 weeks, and then red and raw for about 2 more weeks after that (which can be covered up with make-up if necessary), so unless you have a month downtime to spare, this procedure is not recommended.
d) Lasers to tighten skin, minimize pore size, and remove any skin redness

Ona Spa's Bridal Guide to Beauty

6 weeks before the big day:

Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus - These new facial dermal fillers provide long lasting correction with unexpected smoothness. As with similar fillers, the hyaluronic acid (HA) in Juvederm products temporarilly corrects facial wrinkles and folds. Juvederm contains the highest concentration of "HA" found in the market for the most natural look. $550-$600

2 weeks before the big day:

Ona Ultimate Environ Peel– Ona is proud to offer the sophisticated environ custom medical grade peel which involves the use of specially designed acid gels on the skin to promote the production of collagen and elastin and bring back the luster and brightness of healthier skin. Lines are minimized and the skin is tightened. Ona ultimate peel is suitable for all skin types, including acne skin. $225

1 week before the big day:

Ona Slim Cyro-Thermie Slimming Treatment - This treatment is comprised of a 5-step cellulite reduction therapy designed to reshape, tone and firm your thighs, tummy, hips and arms, as well as virtually eliminate the appearance of cellulite. Created by one of the most advanced labratories in France, the treatment unlocks fatty deposits, facilitates fat-burning, shrinks adiposites and accelerates the elimination of cellular wastes.Serie of 6 performed over one week. ($750)

1 day before the big day:

Ona Nirvana - This treatment is exclusive to Ona Spa. The three hour session is the ultimate in relaxation and therapeutic massage. Using a combination of Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue, Swedish, ona Reflex, and Abdominal Massage, there is enough time to release every tension, anxiety, and stress. This luxurious indulgence will have you walking on Cloud 9. $300.

Ona Tan - An organic customized airbrushed tan, odorless, never orange, quick-drying, non sticky with an even golden long-lasting coverage. By contouring your hips and thighs with extra bronzer they can create an optical illusion that will make you look 10 pounds thinner! $65.

The big day:

Classic manicure and pedicure

Images Photography by Syrie Kovitz
Painting Gage Opdenbrouw