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Extreme Makeover: Bridal Edition

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What if your "something new" was a nose job? Or a boob job? That's the premise of Bridalplasty, E!'s new reality show (premiering November 28), in which 12 engaged women compete for cosmetic procedures. Each contestant creates a registry-like surgery wish list. If she wins the week's wedding-themed challenge, she gets to pick something from her list. (Who needs a toaster when you can have a tuck? ) The last bride standing—or the one with the most bandages—will unveil her new face and body for the first time on her wedding day. Hope her groom likes surprises!

Initially, I was more than a little taken aback by the show's theme. But I'm not entirely shocked, given that more and more brides-to-be are visiting doctors' offices as often as they visit their bridal consultants in search of wedding-day perfection. An article we're working currently for the February issue of BRIDES magazine will reveal some shocking statistics about the trend, honest real-life stories from former brides, and surprising responses from guys on the subject. In the meantime, if you do tune into Bridalplasty, enjoy what's sure to be a drama-filled viewing. But don't feel pressured to get work done, unless you really, really want to. Remember that he's already asked you to marry him—which means he loves you just the way you are.

Would you get a chemical peel or a tummy tuck in preparation for your nuptials? How far is too far?

—Millie Martini Bratten, BRIDES magazine

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