Tuesday, December 28th, 2010...12:23 pm

Cordially Invited Guest: Dr. Meghan O'Brien, Dermatologist

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Skin care and facial treatments are a must for Long Island brides-to-be who want to look their absolute best on the wedding and of course, after, as well.  So today’s guest is Meghan O’Brien, a Board Certified Dermatologist at Sadick Dermatology, with offices in Great Neck and NYC.

Q:  You’re a recent bride and board-certified dermatologist. What are important things to keep in mind in prepping skin for weddings?

A:  Everyone wants to look their absolute best on their wedding day. Brides should start a skincare routine a few months before the big day to ensure that they look their very best.  Some of the more popular treatments include lasers to stimulate collagen and to erase pigmentation, fillers and botox are also very popular.  If you are trying fillers or botox for the first time, I suggest starting 6 months before the wedding to be sure you are happy with the results.  And for older brides, ask about skin tightening technologies, it’s amazing what can be done these days without surgery.

Q:  So should visiting a dermatologist be part of wedding planning?

A:  Definitely.  My patients see me to be sure that their skin care regimen is optimized.  If there are things about your skin that you would like improved, there are a number of great procedures and technologies that can help treat these concerns.  Even if your skin already looks great, there are treatments a dermatologist can provide to help your skin
appear even better.

Q:  Tell us about some skin care procedures/treatments that you did for your own wedding.

A:  Prior to my wedding I stepped up my skin care regimen.  In addition, I had a laser treatment to erase some pigmentation and to improve my skin’s tone and texture.  It was very simple and the results are amazing.

Q:  What’s important to know about timing skin care procedures/services?

A:  Your goals and what procedures/services you choose to do will determine timing.  Some procedures should be done beginning months ahead of the big day.  Skin care regimens for acne breakouts should begin at least 4-6 months in advance. Treatments such as chemical peels, laser rejuvenation and laser treatment of redness or brown spots may require multiple treatments spaced out monthly.   For brides that want pre-wedding Botox I recommend that the first treatment be at least 6 months ahead of time, a bride will have an initial treatment which lasts 3-4 months and then based on her feedback, the second, pre-wedding treatment, can be tailored to perfectly fit the brides desired result from the Botox.

Thank you, Dr. O’Brien!