Bridalplasty – Beware

June 23rd, 2014

Wedding season is in full swing. Weddings are a joyous occasion and no one wants to be immortalized in a bad wedding photo. This is true now more than ever because of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a whole host of other social media sites. From the beginning of spring till the end of summer brides, bridesmaids, and mothers of the bride are all trying to look their best. It is no longer just acceptable to shed a few unwanted pounds before the wedding.

Over the last several years I have seen a growing trend of women seeking plastic surgery prior to the big day. From Botox and filler injections to soften unwanted facial wrinkles to tummy tucks and breast augmentations everyone wants to look their best. Women are even requesting Botox injections in their hands in an effort to have a perfect engagement ring selfie. Unfortunately, while magazines, movies, TV, and social media promote the “nip/tuck” panacea for a perfect wedding the truth is that there are risks involved. Even a safe and simple procedure such as Botox injections could have disastrous results and ruin the most important day in a young bride’s life.

There are a few simple steps that you can take to lower your risk and avoid tragedy. First, always choose a board certified plastic surgeon. Avoid the temptation to choose a day spa with a staff that received their training at a weekend ski resort course. Board certified plastic surgeons have years of training and can help you make informed decisions regarding the best treatment options for you. Second, do not wait until the last minute. You cannot be expected to be fully recovered from surgery after only two or three weeks. Some surgeries have a lengthy convalescence period and you may not fully appreciate the results of surgery for several months. Lastly, watch your budget. Plastic surgery cost money and weddings are expensive. The wedding should be your priority. If you spend all of your money on your plastic surgery procedure, then you won’t have anything left over for your nuptials.