Plastic surgery is becoming a more common part of wedding planning, as brides and grooms consider cosmetic surgery procedures to look their best in wedding photos and on their honeymoon.
More and more Americans are seeking cosmetic surgery in hopes of improving the rest of their lives, but there has been a growing trend in patients who want work done to improve only one day – their wedding day.
Surgeons from Georgia to California are admitting that many patients, men and women, are undergoing procedures to look more attractive as brides and grooms.
Interestingly, many of these requests aren’t necessarily made with the long term in mind. Dr. Foad Nahai, past president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, pointed out during an interview with another media outlet that often people seek cosmetic surgery to simply improve how they look in their wedding photos and how they will look on the beach during those tropical honeymoons.
He said, patients ask for everything from Botox injections to facelifts, eyelid surgeries, liposuction, tummy tucks and even full body lifts. Brides-to-be are requesting breast augmentations, and both genders are demanding laser skin therapies.
Most of these procedures, of course, require weeks or months of preparation prior to the big day, since the patient needs ample recovery time so they don’t walk down the aisle bandaged and bruised.
“Timing of your surgery prior to a major event like a wedding is very crucial,” said San Diego plastic surgeon Brian Reagan. “It’s important that you give yourself time to seek out multiple consultations, and to give yourself not only plenty of time to heal when things go as planned, but…you need to give yourself time to do a revision, if that’s necessary.”
Dr. Reagan noted that some patients will start planning their cosmetic surgery up to a year prior to a wedding to get the look they want.
And, he made another alarming revelation: These pre-wedding surgeries aren’t always just limited to the bride and groom, but also their parents, aunts, uncles and even long-time family friends.
Who knows? It might not be too long before couples start adding Botox and lipo to their wedding registries.