Leading cosmetic doctors were on hand at Saturday's Brides The Show to give the lowdown on glow-getting, shape-shifting treatments and beauty products that really get results - no knives or surgery required! And from the number of brides-to-be who attended the packed talk, introduced by top beauty journalist Olivia Falcon, it's clear our readers all want the same thing: beautiful skin, SOS spot-zapping services and procedures to help you look fresher and less tired on your big day. So, we asked our doctors: What is the one thing a bride should seek to enhance? Their advice...
Dr Victoria Manning & Dr Charlotte Woodward (riveraesthetics.com)
The rising stars of the cosmetic beauty industry oversee River Aesthetics, with clinics in London and Hampshire. They offer a bespoke approach, with treatments such as the River Lift, which combines thread-lifting and facial injectable treatments. They say: 'Skin - a bride should look radiant and fresh on her big day. We often have mothers-of-the-bride coming in with their daughters - they then come back and have the River Lift, which restores natural facial balance and softens the signs of ageing using a combination of threads and cosmetic injectables.'
Dr Tapan Patel (phiclinic.com)
The Botox and filler expert has the largest selection of lasers in the UK, treating everything from hair removal to skin resurfacing. He also specialises in the cutting-edge SculpSure fat-melting laser and miraDry, which eliminates the problem of excess sweating. He says: 'Your skin. I'm actually a big fan of holistic beauty - no work can beat a healthy, balanced lifestyle. When brides come to me, I advise them first on stress reduction, hydration, diet and good skincare - once we've taken care of that, then we talk about whether they need fillers or anything else.'
Dr Tracy Mountford
The founder of the award-winning Cosmetic Skin Clinic, which has practices in Buckinghamshire and London, is known for her expertise in fillers. Working with light hands to deliver natural-looking results, she has been named as one of the top five Botox doctors in the UK. She says: 'Brides should enhance - not alter - their favourite feature. Obviously it depends on the girl, but often all someone will need is a soft sprinkle of Botox or a hydration boost of hydrochloric acid. It's all about subtle, understated and natural beauty.'
Miss Sherina Balaratnam (sthetics.co.uk)
An expert in advanced skincare programmes to transform the complexion, Miss Sherina Balaratnam is known for her high-tech facials that use radio frequencies to rejuvenate skin. She also champions the latest Botox and filler techniques. She says: 'Skincare. But you need to give me time - combined treatments work well over a six-week period. Cut down on alcohol, sugar, coffee and get sleep first; then we'll talk treatments later.'
Love their advice? Tune in tomorrow for our other skin doctors' suggestions. And remember: while all our doctors are the top in their field and properly accredited, if you are thinking of getting any work done always get a reliable referral and check your doctor's credentials. A useful resource is consultingroom.com.