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Summary: If you’re really committed to your bridal party, should you get “bridesmaid plastic surgery” in order to keep the happy couple content? Well, plastic surgery is one of those things that tends be a deliberately private and personal decision. That means that you’ll at least want to discuss what your actual desires are with your wedding party before you get too carried away (or they do).

What is “Bridesmaid Plastic Surgery”?

Being a bridesmaid is a big job, but should you get “bridesmaid plastic surgery” just to keep a wedding on track? To be sure, this is not a widespread problem. However, there are more and more reports circulating around the information superhighway about brides forcing their wedding parties to make some, uh, alterations.

Again, this is not widespread, yet. But Americans have a way of taking their weddings seriously. According to information compiled by The Knot, the average American wedding in 2016 cost over $35,000. And that’s up over $5000 from three years ago. Think about that for a second. Thirty-five thousand dollars for, essentially one day of your life.

That’s a down payment on a house.

Where ever you might stand on the costs of weddings, it’s safe to say that Americans take them seriously. They can be a big deal. So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that some brides are exerting some pressure to ensure they have the “perfect” bridesmaids.

Should You Submit to Bridal Pressure?

Dr. Tenly Lawton, MD, a Newport Beach plastic surgeon, discusses the unique, personal nature of plastic surgery on her website. She says that the decision to get surgery—from something as minor to Botox to something as major as breast augmentation—should be up to the patient alone.

I think we can take that as a pretty strong statement in terms of how the decision to get plastic surgery should be made. In fact, many plastic surgeons will often have statements on their websites relating to this particular topic, encouraging patients to get surgery for their own reasons and no one else’s.

To give you an idea of what that means, many surgeons will offer some advice that might sound like this:

  • You should only get plastic surgery is you have a desire to change
  • You should only get plastic surgery if the procedure in question will address your desires
  • You should not get plastic surgery to please anyone else
  • You should only get plastic surgery if you feel it is necessary and if you are comfortable with the risks.

This is especially true when it comes to plastic surgery—procedures in which general anesthesia is required. Nobody should be forced to undergo any of those procedures as they do carry very real risks with them.

Is There a Difference Between Surgical and Non Surgical?

It’s much more common to see wedding parties engaging the services of cosmetic surgeons. That is, it’s more common for groups of people to get non surgical, non invasive procedures together. For one thing, they’re much less risk involved with non invasive procedures (though the risk is not non-existent and you should always be aware of what you’re getting into).

There are some popular options for wedding parties who are looking to get cosmetic surgery as a group:

  • Botox: This common injectable is able to mitigate lines and wrinkles, especially around particular trouble spots. However, it will take several weeks for optimal Botox results to show, and you may experience some swelling and bruising. This means you’ll want to schedule your Botox several weeks in advance.
  • Facials: Most medical spas or cosmetic surgeons will offer a wide variety of “facials.” These are usually superficial procedures that can either rehydrate or rejuvenate the skin around the face. They can make the skin look healthier and help you look more rested, but they won’t necessarily eliminate lines or wrinkles. These procedures should be performed sometime before the wedding, as they can cause some redness.
  • Coolsculpting: Another popular option is the non invasive procedure known as Coolsculpting. This device uses extreme cold to eliminate fat cells. The end result is a subtle loss of weight, especially around more “troubled” areas where fat tends to be stubborn. However, it can take several months to see peak results, so if you’re planning for a wedding, Coolsculpting should be on the menu sooner rather than later.

Cosmetic Surgery is Optional

I think it’s important to emphasize that any type of plastic or cosmetic surgery procedure is optional. There’s no wedding that’s important enough to justify some kind of mandatory approach to these cosmetic procedures. If you’re feeling pressured into getting a procedure you don’t want, that should be an enormous red flag.

In fact, most surgeons won’t let you go through with a procedure if they can sense that kind of profound hesitation that pressure seems to cause. Having an open and frank discussion with your surgeon during you consultation—and you should always get a consultation—is a must. That’s especially true if you’re thinking about getting “bridesmaids plastic surgery.”

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