Summary: The engagement selfie is certainly trending through social media. In an interesting twist, women have been requesting cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery on their hands—in a procedure known colloquially as a handlift—to make sure their digits look as great as the ring on it.

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Engaging with Social Media

Everyone’s probably familiar with engagement announcement photos, and you probably see them all the time on Facebook: a hand with the engagement ring. In the tradition of regular old selfies, they’re being called “engagement selfies.” The idea is to announce your engagement in a flashy, showy—and important—way. And then, of course, everyone “likes” the photo and there are tons of congratulatory comments.

But there’s a new trend that is making the engagement photo higher stakes than ever. It seems that many women are electing to undergo cosmetic hand procedures to give their hands a more youthful appearance in their engagement selfie. These procedures generally fall under the trendy new banner of “hand lift.” Which makes sense. It’s like a facelift, only it’s for your hand.

Quick Fix or a Long-Term Engagement

There are a couple of things to consider if you’re thinking about a hand lift. First, know whether you’re just looking for a quick fix for the perfect picture or whether you want a long-term solution because your hands are a source of unease for you. If you’re simply concerned about the picture, you might try a dermal filler (think Juvederm). These injections are usually pretty easy to squeeze in over a lunch hour and only last for a number of months.

If you’re looking for a surgical, and therefore long-term, solution, you should definitely consult with a cosmetic or plastic surgeon. If you happen to be looking for a plastic surgeon in Houston TX, the Clear Lake Hand Clinic is a great resource for all of your surgical hand needs.

Don’t be Hands Off

In fact, choosing a good surgeon is a key point in making this decision. The hand is a delicate piece of the body, and it’s important that you select someone who has specialized knowledge of the area.

This is also a good time to comment on the possibilities of reconstructive surgery of the hand. A hand lift isn’t the only wonder surgery can perform. Indeed, some of the procedures that specialized hand surgeons can perform include:

  • Treating Carpal Tunnel
  • Fractures
  • Amputation
  • Tendon or Nerve Damage
  • Wrist pain
  • Removal of Cysts
  • Treating trigger finger

There’s a lot of pressure out there, on women especially, to resist aging, and the hand can be one of the most obvious signs of age. So it makes sense that women would want to spruce up their hands before an engagement selfie. Just make sure that you know what you want, and talk to your cosmetic surgeon about what you want. Either way, we want you to feel ready to snap those selfies.