Brides-to-be in the US are increasingly opting for plumping 'hand lift' surgery before they post pictures of their engagement rings on social media.
The $1,200 (£715) procedure involves injecting filler Juvederm into the backs of hands to smooth out wrinkles and give skin a plumper, younger-looking appearance.
One candidate for the surgery told New York news wesbite Pix 11 she wanted the injections because “I never liked how my hands looked.”
“I always thought my hands were a little boyish growing up so I figured why not," Alexandra Berry said. "Engagement pictures are just around the corner and there’s no better time.”
She admitted that her fiancé described her decision as "hilarious".
Dr. Ariel Ostad performs the procedure and said that while the surgery itself is not new, the engagement ring selfie trend had driven its popularity.
"Social media has certainly led people to be more concerned about their appearance and how they present themselves, so if women can receive a quick procedure to make themselves feel better and younger, it’s something that they are willing to do," he told Elle.com
Hand plumping procedures last for around nine months before the effects wear off.
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Words: Anna Pollitt. Images: Rex Features