Why Lasers Should be Part of Your Wedding Planning Checklist

Last Updated April 10, 2016

Adding LASIK to Your Wedding Planning Checklist

Planning for your wedding is a monumental task. There are so many important decisions to make and many tasks to add to your wedding planning checklist. Who to invite? When to send out the invitations?  Where to honeymoon? What laser-based procedures to have? Yes, that’s right. Modern couples are including cosmetic and medical procedures featuring laser technology, such as LASIK, on their wedding planning checklist. They want to take advantage of the latest technologies to improve their skin, teeth and eyes so they look their best on one of the biggest days of their lives.

While some couples want extensive makeovers such as breast augmentation and tummy tucks, others seek out less-invasive procedures that use lasers instead of scalpels or harsh chemicals. Lasers produce high-energy, focused beams of light to cut or dissolve tissue with precision. With only the laser beam (not a scalpel or other surgical instrument) touching the tissue, the result is less pain and swelling, minimal bleeding, and less recovery time.

We’re going to take a look at three popular pre-wedding laser-based procedures – laser eye surgery, laser skin resurfacing and laser teeth whitening – and what they involve, including recovery time, so you can add them into your wedding planning checklist.

6 Months Before: LASIK Eye Surgery

If you want your wedding day to be free of troublesome eyeglasses or contact lenses, having LASIK eye surgery before your wedding can help you create the vision you want, not just for the big day but for your future lives together.

It is important to make sure you are a good candidate for LASIK or other laser vision correction procedure.  Not everyone is a candidate for LASIK and today there are many other procedures, including SMILE or PRK, that might be better suited to your eyes and vision.

LASIK is an outpatient procedure and uses topical (eye drop) anesthesia. Your refractive surgeon has the option to use two lasers to perform LASIK: a femtosecond laser, which uses infrared energy that operates at extremely high speeds, and a wavefront-guided excimer laser, which emits a cool ultraviolet light beam. With the femtosecond laser, your surgeon will make a thin, circular flap in your cornea and then fold the flap out of the way. He will use the excimer laser to remove microscopic pieces of tissue from the surface of the cornea in order to reshape it, before laying the flap back in place. By reshaping the cornea, light rays are in proper focus –providing clear vision.

Timing:

1-3 Months Before: Laser Skin Resurfacing

If you want to say goodbye to wrinkles, sun damage, acne and other facial blemishes before your wedding and hello to smoother, healthier and younger-looking skin, laser skin resurfacing treatments can help you do just that.

Your cosmetic surgeon will use either an ablative laser to remove the outer layer of your skin and sub-layer, or a non-ablative laser to beam heat into the skin without removing the top layer, instead treating the tissue beneath it. This will stimulate the growth of new collagen – collagen gives our skin strength and elasticity.

Timing:

2 Weeks Before: Laser Teeth Whitening

There will be lots to smile about on your wedding day. And having white teeth will make feel good about smiling all the time.

With laser teeth whitening, your dentist will apply a bleaching solution to your teeth and direct a beam of light from a laser onto them. This will activate the bleaching chemical, accelerate the bleaching process – and whiten your teeth.

Timing:

As with any elective procedure, it is important to find and work with professionals who have the skill and desire to do what is best for you.  If you are looking to change up your vision correction, your eye doctor is the best place to start – so schedule that eye exam.

Published April 10, 2016