Before the big day you want to do everything you can to make sure you look and feel your best. That might mean hitting the gym to tone up, cutting out alcohol altogether or something as simple as drinking more water. It’s these little things that are a constant in our minds, but it appears an imminent wedding pushes these goals to the forefront. And while simple fixes can instantly gratify, sometimes it takes a little more to be fully confident.
Pre-wedding cosmetic surgery, also known as ‘bridalplasty,’ is a concept of undergoing medical procedures to the face and body in order to achiever outer beauty flawlessness. Not happy with the bridge of your nose? It can be fixed. Want your breasts a little more prominent? It’s on the list.
While bridalplasty claims to create the ‘perfect’ bride, it’s a concept that’s highly unattainable and self-esteem crushing. Looking flawless in wedding photos may have its perks, but are you willing to cope through months of recovery, all in the vain attempt to reach perfection?
If you have been thinking about having a cosmetic procedure for a while and would like to have it done before your wedding, there are a few procedures that are popular with brides. Always take into consideration the recovery time with these types of procedures, which may or may not interfere with other wedding preparations.
This procedure involves implanting the breasts with silicone rubber or a silicone gel or saline solution to increase the breast size. You will spend a few weeks in recovery, especially before going for dress fittings. Though this procedure is reversible, it is highly intensive and does produce swelling and soreness which may take weeks to recover from.
More commonly referred to as a ‘nose job’, rhinoplasty involves an operation which alters the shape of the nose tip or bridge. The procedure often takes around three hours and is costly. Recovery can take as long as six to eight months, with patients developing swelling and bruising post-surgery.
Liposuction is a procedure where excess fat is removed from parts of the body to create a more defined figure. It works best on patients who have areas of fat that cannot be targeted through diet or exercise, and is also effective at reducing cellulite. The procedure can be completed in a day but patents are often referred to a hospital to aid in the healing process. Liposuction creates soreness, bruising and swelling which can take a few weeks to subside. (Remember that liposuction is not to be used in place of a healthy eating regime and regular exercise)
But who said beauty has to be painful? There are other less invasive procedures that can be done in the space of a lunch break, with little heal time and maximum results.
Botox is a non-surgical procedure which involves the use of a purified protein which paralyses the muscles in the face which cause frown line between the brows. Botox is a relatively quick treatment which is effective in making lasting results of up to a few months. Make sure you visit a qualified doctor or surgeon as many perform Botox without the experience or proper qualifications to do so.
Chemical skin peels:
Chemical peels involve the use of glycolic acid which is ingredient that breaks down the dead layer of skin cells to reveal new, sparkling skin below. These peels can be done by appointment, but many at home masks and treatments can offer similar results using a much smaller dose of the ingredient. The results of these peels, however, are not often immediate. It might take a few appointments before real results emerge, and redness is often an associated site effect of the treatment. Something to undertake a couple of months before your wedding day.
Along the same vein as chemical skin peels, microdermabrasion involves getting rid of dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant complexion underneath. While peels rely on the use of chemicals, microdermabrasion is an intense, physical exfoliation. This treatment is done over the space of a few months and is an ongoing treatment. Though it may not be a one time fix, each session is relatively quick with no downtime afterwards.
Less commitment than veneers and bonding, teeth whitening can brighten a bride’s smile and look great in photos. There are many kits that can be purchased from your local chemist or supermarket that will whiten teeth over the space of a few weeks and are less of a monetary commitment than a dentist’s job. Do consult the advice of your dentist before considering getting your teeth whitened as it can create tooth sensitivity.
Remember that these quick-fix procedures must be fully considered, not as a pre-wedding ritual but a potentially permanent body altering surgery. As with any other procedures, please seek the advice of a medical practitioner.