Forget Facelifts, Engagement Ring Selfies Spark New Hand-Lift Craze

It’s stories like these that make me truly worried for the future of the human race. First we heard of people getting plastic surgery for the picture perfect selfie, and now, in a bizarre new trend, engaged women are getting hand jobs (no pun intended), to achieve the perfect ‘engagement ring selfie’.

It’s the latest thing on social media – as soon as the man pops the question, women click pictures of the ring on their finger, posting it online for the world to see. But not all women are happy with shape of their hands, so they turn to image altering tools like Photoshop to make them look better. Only now they have a new solution – cosmetic hand-lifts.

The procedure involves an anti-aging treatment called Juvederm, which is an injectable form of hyaluronic acid. Doctors use it to convert aging hands with visible tendons and veins into youthful, plump hands worthy of showing off a stunning diamond ring. Usually used on the face to fill in lines and wrinkles, Juvederm works wonders on the hands too, if the ‘before’ and ‘after shots are to be believed.


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According to Dr. Ariel Ostad, a plastic surgeon from New York, the procedure ‘promises to restore and replenish lost volume in the hands, giving them a fuller and younger look for the picture perfect selfie.’ He said: “What we’re doing today is basically using a filler called Juvederm and it lasts nine months.” It costs about $1,200, but for most women, this instant fix is well worth the money.


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“I always thought my hands were a little boyish growing up so I figured why not,” said Alexandra Berry, a soon-to-be-wed patient of Dr. Ostad. “Engagement pictures are just around the corner and there’s no better time.”

I think the impossible standards of beauty that we’re setting are quite alarming, with surgeries that completely transform women into different people. But getting a hand-lift for a selfie picture? Now that’s just pushing the bar way beyond crazy. But hey, if it makes people happy, then who am I to judge?

Sources: Pix11, Refinery29, Yahoo