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Summary: Your wedding is a big day. So should you get plastic surgery before your wedding? It’s hard to give a definitive answer on this. First, there are many definitions of “plastic surgery.” Second, only you can decide how important changing your looks is going to be on your wedding day. You should think about whether you want a long term change—or whether you’re just looking for a short term fix.

Wondering if You Should Get Plastic Surgery Before Your Wedding?

Your wedding is a big day. So you want to look good. But should you get plastic surgery before your wedding? The thinking is sound enough: you want to look as good possible (especially in all those wedding photos). And one way to help ensure that you look youthful and vibrant is through plastic surgery—or so the thinking goes.

But there are definitely some reasons why you might want to take a breath before committing to a surgical procedure. Whether you’re talking about Botox injections or a breast lift, these are procedures that should be given a substantial amount of thought before you make a decision.

There’s no right answer, of course. There are many people who do get plastic and cosmetic surgery before their weddings—and the results are quite positive. However, you increase the chances of that outcome when your decision-making process is quite deliberate, examining all the potential pitfalls and benefits.

Timing is Incredibly Important

You’ve put a lot of time, effort, and money into planning your wedding. Indeed, it’s not uncommon for the wedding planning process to take years. It’s that intricate and that involved. There are a lot of decisions to be made! That’s why it’s important not to rush any plastic or cosmetic surgery decisions (especially if it’s your first time).

When it comes to plastic surgery, there are a couple of important considerations to keep in mind when it comes to timing:

  • Recovery: Any kind of surgery is going to knock you on your backside for at least a few days—if not a few weeks. Your activity will be severely limited as you recuperate. That’s normal! It’s part of the process. But it’s not going to be great for your wedding day. That’s why it’s important to plan any plastic surgery procedure with plenty of time to heal before saying, “I do.”
  • The Fit: Everything from the tuxes to the wedding dresses are tailored to the occasion. This means that the fit is decided well before your actual wedding day. Plastic surgery, on the other hand, is designed to make drastic changes to your body. This means that the perfect fit you achieved earlier might have to be revisited. There can be additional tailoring costs involved. And, of course, there’s that tight timeline to be considered as well.

If you’re going to get plastic surgery before your wedding, it’s important that you undergo your surgery as early as possible, in order to ensure that you’re ready to go for your big day.

What About Non Surgical Options?

Plastic surgery procedures are designed to make big changes to your body. And those changes can cause complications for your wedding day (though they are designed to make you happy and satisfied in the long run—so a bit of wedding day consternation might be worth it). However, non surgical procedures are designed to create subtle effects. This means that you might be able to get a quick injection of Botox before your wedding.

However, you shouldn’t schedule something too close to your wedding. Botox and other injectables, such as Juvederm or Voluma, can still cause bruising. It’s best to give your body a chance to heal up no matter what type of procedure you’re getting!

Not Just About the Wedding

It’s also worth noting that plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures can create results that last well beyond your actual wedding. That is, plastic surgery should be about more than one day. Indeed, if you want to look great for your wedding pictures, there’s definitely no harm in that.

But there are other ways to accomplish such a limited term goal. If all you care about is looking good on one day, you can spend a little more time on your makeup, or use a technique known as contouring to effect significant changes in the way you look.

Your Plastic Surgery Timeline

But if you’re looking for a long term change—if you’re looking for the boost of confidence and self-esteem that comes from inhabiting the body you want, then plastic surgery makes more sense.

In other words, if plastic surgery was something you were going to do anyway (and the wedding is just a good excuse), then your reasons are likely to be more sound. Then again, it’s really up to you and your surgeon what “sound” decisions will look like. That’s why it’s important to be as honest as possible during your consultation.

If you have an event coming up that you want to look your best for—such as a wedding—you should be clear about that with your surgeon so he or she can advise you on the timeline. Should you get plastic surgery before your wedding? Ultimately, that’s up to you and your surgeon.

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