From bridalplasty to Botox bachelorette parties, getting ready for the wedding has taken on a whole new meaning for some brides. WeddingChannel.com got the scoop on the five biggest fads. Tell us if you think they're totally over the top.
By Amy Eisinger for WeddingChannel.com
Sure, you can slave away at the gym to slim your thighs -- but why not just opt for a little nip and tuck instead? On November 28, E! will debut a new reality TV show called Bridalplasty, in which 12 real-life brides compete for the chance to win the ultimate surgical makeover, from dental veneers to breast enhancements. And the final twist? The groom-to-be of the winning bride won't see his betrothed until -- you guessed it -- the two are standing at the altar. What will she look like? And how will he react? Stay tuned.
Imagine never having to line your eyes again. A little permanent makeup is all you need. Of course, the procedure, which involves implanting small amounts of pigment under the surface of your skin -- aka: a cosmetic tattoo -- can be a bit painful. And your skin does take five to six weeks to heal entirely -- but it's all in the name of beauty, right? And besides, think of it: now you won't have to worry about your mascara or eyeliner running if you get teary-eyed at the altar.
Botox Bridal Parties
Forget giving your girls a monogrammed necklace -- the real gift bridesmaids want these days? Bridal Botox parties. Brides who don't want to sign their girls up for Botox still have a variety of options, like teeth-whitening or skin bleaching (to get rid of sun spots). Some brides say they're even getting their mother and future mother-in-law in on the action, and cutting their budgets elsewhere (like skipping the sit-down dinner) in order to pay for the beauty treatments they can't live without.
Believe it or not, that small overbite can totally change the way your face looks -- and make you look older, experts say. Brides looking for a red carpet-worthy smile can invest in a dental facelift, which straightens your teeth and realigns your smile. Sure, it might set you back a cool $60,000, but this is one permanent treatment that really can change the whole look of your face without more conventional (and more invasive) plastic surgery.
Fountain of Youth Supplement
You read that right. It's youth in a pill. This supplement isn't about temporarily making you look younger, this "will actually make us younger," says William H. Andrews, PhD, president and CEO of Sierra Sciences. And though the pill that turns back time is about $2,400 a year, it can change everything from graying hair to wrinkles. Made from a naturally occurring molecule found in the ancient Chinese herb astragalus, the key with this supplement is to start early. Though Andrews says you can start seeing effects within a few weeks, "the ideal time for anyone to start the program is right away -- no matter what their age is."
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