Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bridal Party Botox Bashes And Boobies For Your Bridesmaides

Agonizing over a gift for your bridal party? How about a nice necklace, or bracelet, maybe a ring? Too impermanent? I know! What about a cosmetic procedure?

According to the New York Times, the latest theory in bridesmaid gifts is cosmetic procedures before the special day. For one 35 year-old entrepreneur, Kacey Knauer, a trip to a cosmetic dermatology spa was just what the bridal party ordered. Knauer treated them all to a full array of treatments, including: Fraxel laser treatments for age spots, chemical peels, and Botox and other dermal fillers.

“Giving them something for themselves — as opposed to something that they’ll never wear again — is more meaningful,” Knauer explains her rationale.

Some bridal guests, however, are not willing to go to such extremes for the special day. In a scene reminiscent to WE Television's hit show, Bridezillas, a bride asked Becky Lee (39) and other bridesmaids to get breast implants to better fill-out their no doubt god-awful dresses. Lee, a Manhattan photographer, declined the unreasonable request and opted for a push-up bra instead.

We’re all Asian and didn’t have a whole lot of cleavage, and she found a doctor in L.A. who was willing to do four for the price of two,” said Ms. Lee.

Cosmetic alteration specialists report record-breaking numbers from this current wedding trend. Dr. Fardad Forouzanpour reports his business has increased 40% since he began offering 'Bridal Beauty Buffets' in 2006. Owner of a mobile medical spa, Marie Scalogna-Watkinson, similarly reports anywhere from five to seven calls a month from brides requesting treatments for their bridesmaids. She says that such group procedures were nearly unheard of a few years ago.

So what do you think? Are bridal beauty augmentation parties a great idea, or an appalling new trend?

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