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If you’re on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve surely seen the unavoidable "engagement ring selfie.” It's become quite common for women to post close-up photos of their newly adorned left hand as a way to announce their engagement, some barely waiting for their significant other to get up off his knee before doing so!
Before taking such a photo, you can imagine that there must be some prep work involved. A fresh manicure is a must and maybe a little moisturizer, too. But what if your hand still doesn’t look picture perfect? Lately, affianced women are turning to the “hand lift,” an expensive procedure that temporarily plumps and smooths the skin.
As Pix 11 reported, this procedure involves an injection of the filler Juvéderm, which instantly gives the hands a fuller, more youthful appearance. The main component of this injection is hyaluronic acid, a natural lubricator that encourages collagen formulation. Though the entire process can take as little as five minutes, the price tag is around $1,200, and results only last about nine months.
The procedure itself isn’t anything new — in fact, it's been around for decades, according to Shape. But there has been a drastic rise in popularity as more and more ladies are flaunting their engagement and their new rock by way of the hand selfie. While getting caught up in this vortex of vanity and self-scrutiny, it seems as though they may be forgetting about the true significance of getting engaged: having found someone who wants to spend their life with you, for better or worse, slightly wrinkled hands and all.