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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Brides-to-be rush to get 'hand lifts' for the perfect engagement ring selfie

Freya Drohan

Published 15/05/2014 | 11:32

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Some women’s insecurity over the appearance of their hands has driven them to consider surgery before they will share pictures of their engagement rings online.

Thanks to engagement ring selfies taking off on Instagram, women are more conscious than ever about their 'ageing' hands.

The trend for sharing snaps of engagement rings to announce a proposal has been dominating sites like Instagram and Twitter recently. Celebrities who kicked off the trend include Olivia Palermo, Lauren Conrad and Rory McIlroy’s fiancé Caroline Wozniacki.

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The hands are one of the first places on the body to age. Thin, veined and boney hands can give away a woman’s age, no matter how well she has cared for the rest of her body.

According to Dr. Ariel Ostad, a prominent American dermatologist and plastic surgeon, “hand lifts” are becoming increasingly popular for prospective brides who want to share pictures of their sparklers to friends and family.

While the procedure is not new, Dr. Ostad of Total Skin Health Clinic estimates that instances of hand lifts at his Upper East Side practice have risen by 40% since social media took off.

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The procedure involves Juvéderm being injected into the hands to plump up the skin, restore lost volume and smooth wrinkles.

The 10 minute procedure costs approximately €870 and will last for nine months.

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