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As the Mother-of-the-Bride, you’ll want to make sure you’re looking your best on your daughter’s big day.

Not only are all your friends and family going to be there, you’ll also be a part of the bridal party and as such, on show.  There will likely be hundreds of photographs of the bridal party, giving you a permanent record of how you looked on the day, and of course, you don’t want to be outshone by the groom’s mother!

I often see the mother of a bride-to-be a few months before the wedding.   Women realise that they are aging and are confronted with the beauty and promise of youth that they see in their daughters, and they realise that they too want to look their best on their daughter’s big day.  

There are many treatments and procedures that can help improve one’s appearance without having to resort to plastic surgery.

Lines and Wrinkles

Forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and lines around the eyes can be improved with treatments such as botulinum toxin (wrinkle-reducing injections). Results take about two weeks to reach full effect and last for approximately 4 months.  It’s preferable to have tried this treatment about 6 months before the wedding and then repeat it two months before the big day to ensure best results.  

Skinboosters and Biostimulators

Skin boosters, biostimulators and mesotherapy are all injectable treatments that help to improve fine lines and wrinkles and crepey skin on the face, neck and decolletage, and can be used elsewhere on the body, such as arms and shoulders.  These treatments should ideally be started a few months before the wedding for maximum effect. Results can be quite remarkable and are very natural-looking.

In-Clinic Treatments

Longer lasting collagen formation and skin tightening can be achieved with treatments such as skin needling with Dermapen (collagen induction therapy), HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound), radiofrequency, laser treatments e.g. Fraxel laser , and skin needling with added radiofrequency e.g. Secret RF.  Often, a course of treatments over a few months is recommended for best results.  

Sagging and Loss of Volume

Loss of volume in the face leads to sagging and jowl formation and under-eye hollows which can make a person look tired, dissatisfied, or angry.  A simple lunchtime procedure such as the injecting of soft tissue fillers can restore a more youthful appearance in one treatment. Similarly, fillers help to correct the sad “mouth frown” that occurs with age and is so noticeable in

photographs.  Fillers should ideally be done at least a month before the wedding to allow enough time for the full result to be realised and in case of any swelling or bruising that may occur.  

Get Your Skin Glowing

Poor skin tone and texture, dull and lifeless looking skin, sun spots, pigmentation, enlarged pores, and crepiness can all be improved with a variety of different treatments.  Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser treatments, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments….there are so many treatments available that can make a huge difference to how you look and feel on your daughter’s big day.  Ideally, you should be starting these at least 6 months prior to the wedding, but even one or two treatments the month before can be very effective.  

Weight Loss, Fat loss, and Cellulite

An intense weight loss programme will help shed unwanted kilograms quickly and there are treatments available for flabby arms, cellulite, tummy bulges and fat pockets that can all have you looking slim and trim on the day.  These include various different cellulite treatments, lipolytic (fat dissolving) injections and cryolipolysis (fat freezing) Coolsculpting.  


Even smaller treatments, such as facials, can be tailor-made to ensure you look your best.  Facials help to exfoliate dead and dull skin and help to hydrate skin so that it looks radiant and glowing but facials are not all equal. Treatment facials often combine chemical peels with specialised ingredients such as growth factors, peptides, vitamins and minerals, hyaluronic acid, and anti-oxidants.  These help to brighten and hydrate the skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improving texture and skin tone. Great facials that really help to get the skin glowing include the ZO Skincare facials, the Fire and Ice Facial by Is Clinical Skincare, the range of Dermaquest peels and AQ Skincare growth factor treatments.

When Should You See an Aesthetic Doctor?

If you plan on looking your best on your daughter’s big day, I’d recommend you book a consultation at an aesthetic clinic 6-12 months before the wedding. This will give you the opportunity to find out what treatments are available that would be beneficial to you as well as the costs involved so that you are able to make an informed decision about what you’d like to achieve in the months leading up to the wedding. A practised eye can also give you advice on small changes you can do that will have the greatest impact on your appearance, ensuring that you look your best as the mother-of-the-bride.