Brides-to-be turn to ‘hand-lift’ surgery for the perfect engagement ring selfie

Mikaela Griffith

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Kim Kardashian shows off her engagement ring. Image: Getty

Hand rejuvenation surgery is rising in popularity as brides-to-be seek the perfect engagement ring selfie.

The bended knee, the heartfelt proposal, the shining ring… and the carefully composed Instagram photo of your left hand, in all its engaged glory; what better way to simultaneously let your friends, grandma, and vague acquaintances know you’ve put a ring on it, than with a super zoomed-in picture of your finger with a ring on it?

Thanks to social media, the engagement selfie is rapidly becoming a popular tradition - and with celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Lauren Conrad flaunting their rocks to thousands of followers, it can certainly be a quick way to get the good news out.

But when newly engaged Christa Hendershot attempted to take a ring selfie, she found she didn’t like the way her hand looked. Hendershot told the ABC she thought her hands appeared veiny, and that her knuckles looked too red.

Wanting to capture the perfect ring-finger photo, the 33-year-old spent over $3,000 on hand-rejuvenating cosmetic surgery.

According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a hand rejuvenation procedure usually takes about 10 minutes to complete and involves injecting a synthetic filler into the hand.

The filler acts as a substitute for the layer of fat our hands gradually lose as we age, creating a fuller, more youthful appearance.

Shortly after undergoing the rejuvenation procedure, Hendershot said she had already noticed a difference in the way her hands looked.

“The veins are not as blue,” she said.

Hendershot is one of many women opting for cosmetic surgery in an attempt to make their hands, faces, and bodies ‘worthy’ of social media.

Lauren Conrad's engagement ring selfie. Image: Instagram/@laurenconrad


Hendershot‘s plastic surgeon, Dr. Ariel Ostad, told the ABC he has seen an increasing number of patients bringing in selfies, wanting to erase every little flaw they see.

“They show me what bothers them and what they would like to fix,” he said.

Dr. David Bank, a dermatologist, told the New York Times, “the rise in social media is a reason people are getting a ton of stuff done, not just to their hands,”

Jen Muir, 33, told the ABC she came to hate the way her nose looked after seeing photos from her wedding day, and spent over $15,000 on a nose job – just to get a better selfie.

But signing up for cosmetic surgery and expecting perfection can often end in disappointment. A 2010 study by the Australian National University revealed Australian women have unrealistic expectations of cosmetic surgery.

For those still worried about the whether their hands are Instagram worthy, dermatologist Dr Amy Wechsler suggests trying this filter: sunscreen!

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