What Length Would You Go To Be A Perfect Bride?

Have you seen this show, Bridalplasty? As the name suggests, it features brides who are interested in plastic surgery before their big day. These women compete in various wedding-related challenges to win surgeries and the opportunity to be the last bride standing who will receive a dream wedding.

When I first heard of the show, I was a bit disgusted. I’m not one for blood and guts, and I wouldn’t want to change myself just to look good on my wedding day. But, my love of TV took over and I soon found myself watching. The one thing I didn’t anticipate was a show full of women who, in many cases, were virtually flawless but still had body issues. Breasts and noses were mostly everyone’s focus, and several women won surgeries and got their problem areas attended to. But the girls were more focused on the wedding at the end, not the surgeries (especially after they’d had one or two nip and tucks).

This got me thinking about the potential of other surgeries. As I said in another post, I’ve had some physical side effects since having surgery that may be life-long. This is not abnormal, and many other side effects would cause GBP patients to seek other surgeries. Top of the list for most people are tucks: tummy, arm and thigh are pretty big. But some people go for the whole shebang and just have a full body tuck. Also, I’ve heard that most women want something done with their breasts after massive weight loss too. Think an orange in a tube sock..yeah, that’s sexy. Not only do many of these surgeries leave scars where extra skin was, but they are often extremely painful and always expensive.

Fellow GBP patient, Star Jones, with extra arm skin.

I knew getting into this that there would be potential for follow-up surgeries. But I was more concerned with immediate follow-up surgeries, like needing to have to go back in to alter the new stomach or something. I couldn’t fathom needing or   surgery. But now, having seen Bridalplasty and lost 85 pounds, I wonder what my arms would look like if that extra skin was taken off. I wonder if the 8-12 inch scar would be worth it. Would the money spent on the surgery pay for itself in quality of life, and if so, should I figure out a way to do this before my wedding? Even if I could afford it, the only surgery I could do now would be my arms because I’m sure my tummy and breasts will go to pot when I get pregnant in a few years.

Anyway, these brides seem pretty happy with their decisions. Maybe I’ll check into things and see if I can financially handle getting my arms done before the wedding. If I can and there will be enough time to get it and have appropriate recovery time after I’ve reached the 18 month post-op mark, I’ll consider things and potentially wave my bat wings goodbye in time for the wedding since it’s something I see myself getting done in the next 5 years anyway. I’ve sent a few emails to local surgeons, so I’ll let you know where things end up. Maybe I’ll be the perfect bride after all. 🙂

Thanks for reading! – A


February 7, 2011. Tags: , , . 2011.

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