For many brides how they look on their wedding day can be an all-consuming part of the planning process.
From trying on dresses to find the perfect one, to choosing how to have their hair and makeup, and even potentially dieting and working out, all to feel beautiful on the big day.
But it seems more and more women are going even further than that, and resorting to cosmetic procedures and even plastic surgery to get the look they want for their wedding day.
Dr Anh Nguyen, a plastic surgeon in WA, has had more and more female clients wanting pre-wedding surgery or makeovers.
“Many brides feel their wedding day is perhaps the biggest day of their life,” Dr Nguyen tells Be. “For them it’s important to have beautiful pictures of the day and so they want their face and skin to look beautiful.”
Some of the most common and simple pre-wedding procedures many women are having focus on the skin.
Sometimes brides might start skin treatments six months out, but generally six to 12 weeks can make a difference.
“They’ll do fraxel laser, DMK enzyme treatments and hydrafacials,” Dr Nguyen says.
“Women are also investing in anti-wrinkle injections to make them look less angry, fresher and less tired and dermal fillers – lip and cheek fillers are the most common – to glamourise and enhance their face.”
When it comes to surgery the most common procedures brides are having done before their wedding include breast augmentation, body contouring and rhinoplasty.
“Breast augmentation and body contouring is largely to improve proportions and contour and shape,” Dr Nguyen tells us.
“Some women want treatments to make their most intimate area look as youthful as possible and invest in monalisa Touch treatments and Labiaplasty.”
The fact women feel the need to resort to surgery before their wedding day just goes to show the external pressure on brides to be ‘perfect’. Everyone who has ever become engaged will remember someone saying to them “you’re going to be a beautiful bride”.
And therein lies the problem. That pressure makes many of us forget one of the most important things about a wedding – you are marrying the love of your life, who has accepted you for you, completely as you are, including how you look.
Although, Dr Nguyen says there are plenty of husbands-to-be aware of any surgical work their future wives are undertaking.
The most extreme makeover she has been involved in has seen brides come in 12 months before their wedding for ‘the works’.
“I have had brides that have booked in for a year-long program for their wedding day, that has included breast augmentation, skin and anti-aging treatments, facial surgery and beauty treatments,” Dr Nguyen says.
The trend of plastic surgery is worrying given recent warnings by fellow doctors of the risks associated with many procedures.
Just last month a popular surgical procedure, known as the Brazilian Butt Lift, is now considered so dangerous that a specialist Aussie task force has been set up to warn women of its risks.
It is also now recommended that women who undergo a breast augmentation go in for check-ups every year, rather than the previous recommended five-year checks.
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