An increasing number of brides are adding cosmetic surgery to their usual dress, hair, and makeup budget. A classic manicure and up-do can certainly go a long way, but for brides who want to take their special day to the next level, a cosmetic procedure is a more intense way to bring out that inner glow. It’s natural to want to exert control over each aspect of the wedding experience, after all. If you’re thinking about an extreme bridal makeover, it’s important to think carefully about whether this is right for you.
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Choosing a Procedure
If you’ve thought about having a certain procedure done for some time, an upcoming wedding could provide the perfect excuse. In fact, weddings are the number event listed by women as reason for a cosmetic procedure, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery. Some woman opt for a tummy tuck to tighten up their abs, while others might choose spot liposuction to better fit into that dream wedding dress. Eye lifts are popular to appear more youthful, and Botox is another popular treatment. Although it’s often used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the face, many brides and grooms opt for Botox in the underarm area to prevent sweating on the big day!
If you’re looking for a way to achieve that picture-perfect glow, facial procedures can be a good option. Microdermabrasion is a way to get rid of old acne scars or wrinkles, while laser therapy is another option to do away with blemishes. Chemical peels and hyaluronic acid are other non-surgical options. Just be sure to do your research and find a facial treatment that will work with your skin type, because the last thing you want is an allergic reaction while you walk down the aisle.
Choosing a Surgeon
It’s vital to shop around and choose a surgeon who will be able to give you the results you want. Take your time to look carefully at before and after photos, read references, and check credentials. Just as you would sample several slices of wedding cake, don’t be afraid to go in for several consultations with top candidates. You want the surgery to go right the first time, as you may be under a bit of a time crunch!
Choosing the Time Frame
As you start to research your options, keep recovery time in mind. The recovery time for different procedures can vary by a mile. Although you may only need a week to recover from Botox injections, breast implants or structural surgery will need to be completed months in advance. Learn more about rhinoplasty or the procedure of your choice ahead of time, so that there’s plenty of time for the swelling to reduce, before the wedding photos are taken. You’ll also need to think about just how extreme you want your makeover to be.
A head to toe surgical makeover will need to be completed a year in advance, with procedures staggered for maximum healing time and impact. Recovering from major surgery is no walk in the park, and since planning a wedding can already be stressful you’ll need to think about just how much added stress you want on your plate. Essentially, the sooner you can start planning, the better!