Engagement photos may inspire hand-lifts

Engagement photos may inspire hand-lifts
Engagement photos may inspire hand-lifts

Wedding season is upon us, and while some brides may be considering cosmetic procedures to help improve the fit of their gown for the big day, others are looking to slim down their hands to create more elegant engagement photos.

As social media sites like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook make sharing photos on the Internet much easier, future brides are expected to post photos of the wedding process - including selfies of their ring fingers to show off their new frosting. According to Elle magazine, more women are seeking surgeries on their hands, due in part to the rising importance placed on hand photos following engagement announcements.

The importance of perfect pointers
Social networks have made the process of taking and sharing photographs much easier for users, especially those hoping to keep others involved during important life moments. One New York-based dermatologist told the magazine that this increased stress on uploading engagement ring photos on social media has led a number of patients to pursue plastic surgery for their hands. Although Instagram may allow users to implement filters on their images, people prefer tackling the issue at its root and pursuing surgeries to improve appearances.

"As we age, the skin on the hands can lose fat, becoming more thin and bony with prominent veins and wrinkles," the dermatologist said to the source. "Social media has certainly led people to be more concerned about their appearance and how they present themselves, so if women can receive a quick procedure to make themselves feel better and younger, it's something that they are willing to do."

He estimated that requests for hand lifts at his practice have increased by 40 percent within the past several years, as social media and selfies have gained in popularity. The Daily Mail reported similar findings. According to the source, one clinic saw an 18 percent increase in the number of patients seeking this surgery at the end of 2013. One U.K.-based surgeon said people frequently receive fillers to plump their hands or laser resurfacing to smooth the area out. 

In a NY Times article, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Michael Edwards from Las Vegas points to statistics showing a 21 percent increase in injectables that are used primarily for the face and hands. A 35-year-old teacher in NYC told the news outlet her hands looked bony and had a lot of sun damage, so she is considering getting a chemical peel, IPL and injectables because she wants her "hands to look perfect for photos."

Procedures to fine-tune the fingers
For those fumbling for a procedure to fine-tune their fingers, there are a number of treatments to consider. Hand rejuvenation, or hand enhancement, can help combat the common signs of aging that frequently plague older hands. This procedure is ideal for those who have wrinkled, thin, veiny or discolored hands. However, patients may deal with moderate bruising or swelling immediately following the procedure. While it may be effective in making the area appear fuller and more youthful, patients may also have to undergo more than one treatment to get the optimal results.

There is a series of surgeries that falls underneath the hand rejuvenation umbrella, all of which are tailored to the patients specific concerns. For those looking to add volume, they should consider fat grafting or fillers, both of which can add to the area. To combat large or unattractive veins, patients could look into sclerotherapy or laser vein treatment, both of which reduce the impact these sights have on the hand. Before choosing the right procedure, however, patients should be sure to consult with a board-certified surgeon, as he or she knows which surgeries are best suited for specific needs.