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Bride-to-be spends ten times the price of her wedding dress on cosmetic surgery – Gloucestershire Live

Bride-to-be spends ten times the price of her wedding dress on cosmetic surgery – Gloucestershire Live


A bride-to-be has told why she decided to spend ten times the price of her wedding dress on cosmetic surgery in preparation for her big day forking out 2,350 on eyelifts but just 200 on her dress.

Ruth Parsons, 45, from Oldbury in the West Midlands, who also plans to spend a few hundred pounds more on Botox just before she weds, was over the moon when she got engaged to her partner of four years, Leroy Alexander, 48, a customer service coordinator.

But after his proposal on Christmas morning 2019, the theatre manager was terrified of social media being swamped with pics of her droopy eyes on her wedding day in August 2021.

Buying herself an early wedding gift, Ruth, who is mum to Morgan Stockton, 25, Kirsten Stockton, 24, Cerys Stockton, 22, Venus Potter, 17 and Blaise Potter, 13, spent 2350 having Bilateral Upper Lid Blepharoplasty, a cosmetic procedure where a doctor removes excess skin from the upper eyelids.

She said: My wedding dress only cost 200 as I found it in an online sale, so the big cost is really my surgery for the big day. It was the best choice Ive ever made now Im going to look perfect.

Explaining why her priorities were so different to many other brides, she said: The droop on my lids has always bothered me. I always wanted perky bright eyes, but my lids drooped over the crease, making me look tired.

She added: I always hated pictures of me because of my eyes, but after Leroy proposed I couldnt face everyone snapping pictures making me look old and tired.

Self-conscious about her peepers all her life, Ruth avoided being photographed by anyone even her fianc.

She said: Leroy would take pictures of us and Id make him delete them all. I just thought I looked so bad.

She added: To some it may sound stupid, but I always wanted a deeper crease and a higher lid.

I would try countless treatments for my eyes and various creams, but nothing ever gave my face the lift I wanted.

Starting planning for the wedding a month after Leroy surprised her with an engagement ring under the tree on Christmas morning, Ruth, who has been married twice before and divorced her last partner in 2009, swiftly decided to factor cosmetic surgery into her 15,000 wedding budget.

When Leroy proposed, it didnt even feel real. We met in June 2018 actually I was dating his friend and when that didnt work out, I realised Leroy and I had an amazing spark, she said.

I knew he was the one. After he proposed in 2019, he moved right into my house in Oldbury.

I just couldnt wait to start planning. But it really started to sink in about how many photos of me there would be.

She added: It was daunting, you cant control what people are going to post on social media. I realised there would be photos of me everywhere and I had no control over how I would look.

Ruth soon shared her fears and wish to have cosmetic surgery with her fianc.

She explained: I told Leroy how much I wanted the surgery. Hes never thought my eyes were a problem, but he wants me to be happy.

She added: He said, if youre happy Im happy.

In March 2021, Ruth went for a consultation at Midland Eye, a private surgery centre in Solihull, and decided to go ahead with Bilateral Upper Lid Blepharoplasty surgery.

A cosmetic procedure performed under general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation, surgeons remove excess skin or fat from the eyelids with the aim of improving drooping or hooded eyelids or eyebags, according to the NHS, which also says blepharoplasty can cost anywhere between 2,000 and 6,000 in the UK.

Ruth said of her consultation: I saw all these amazing women having eye lifts done and I just thought it looked fantastic. I knew it would fix all my hang ups.

I wanted the surgery sooner rather than later so I could fully heal before the wedding day.

Within two weeks, on 23rd March 2021, Ruth had her operation under general anaesthetic.

She said: I wasnt nervous at all. As a theatre manager, Im used to high pressure situations and felt really safe with the surgeon.

Luckily for me, I didnt have any excess fat on my upper eyelids, so the surgeon just removed the hanging skin.

Straight after surgery, despite all the swelling, my eyes looked better. I felt like my face was instantly brighter.

As she recovered, Ruths confidence grew.

She said: The swelling settled after the first four weeks. Every few weeks, my face looked a little better. I felt like a new person. I had so much more confidence and felt like I walked taller.

All my friends are jealous, they keep saying they want the surgery too.

She added: Leroy and the kids were all really happy for me.

I was less miserable and wanted them to take photos of me all the time. It was such a huge difference.

Having spent much more on her surgery than her wedding dress, which only cost the savvy shopper 200, Ruth insists the work was worth the expense.

I love my wedding dress, but I was savvy and managed to find the originally priced 1,200 Cosmobella dress for 200 in a sale online, she said.

It really helped saving that much money as it brought the cost of everything down. But I dont regret spending more on my surgery.

From the moment I woke up, despite the swelling, I looked a million times better.

Now armed with her new eyes, Ruth is happier than ever and cant wait for her wedding on August 7.

Were getting married at our local park in Oldbury its our favourite place and means so much to us. There is a big bandstand in the middle of it where we are saying I do, she said.

Then were having a big reception with 120 guests at a manor house next to the park. Its a 50s-style wedding so Im wearing a vintage style dress and my four daughters are wearing lilac dresses. My son, Blaise, is even having a custom lilac suit made.

She added: Were having an afternoon tea at the reception to suit the vintage feel. Its going to be fantastic.

Ruth has made some savvy savings along the way and is delighted with everything she and Leroy have planned.

She said: Its really unique and true to us. Weve saved money on a honeymoon as, due to Covid, we are staying in the UK and going to the Lake District costing 200 and weve saved as much as we can on the big-ticket items we swapped the wedding breakfast to an afternoon tea, saving over 1,500.

She added: I will also do all our decorations and flowers myself.

But I dont regret the excess spending on my surgery its about making myself confident and loving the skin Im in.

Thanks to her supportive partner, Ruth has the face of her dreams alongside her dream wedding but, a perfectionist, she still wants to do some touch ups before tying the knot and plans to spend around 200 more on Botox on her brows.

She said: Im very lucky, because Leroy is supportive of everything I do. I love my face, and best of all because of the surgery it has made my wrinkles disappear.

But there are still a few lines Id like to fill in. Im definitely going to get some Botox about four weeks before the wedding.

It costs a few hundred pounds, as Im very lucky and have good skin so I dont need a huge amount. But Im determined to look flawless on my wedding day.

And Ruth cant wait to tie the knot with Leroy and be pictured.

Before I could be so nervous about people taking photos of me, but now I cant wait to stand in my big white dress and pose for photos, she said.

I know some people will think its silly, but it made such a difference to the way I feel. I dont regret spending 2,350 of my wedding budget on my cosmetic surgery.

It makes me feel happy in myself and thats whats important.

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