Linsey Ray "bridalplasty": Tummy-tuck and breast-lift cost as much as her wedding

My 'bridalplasty' cost as much as my wedding: Why one woman went under the knife before her big day

Every woman wants to look her best on her wedding day. But some, it seems, are prepared to go to further extremes than others.

Linsey Ray is one such bride-to-be. Once a U.S. size 22, the 26-year-old mother-of-one, from Orange County, California, used diet and exercise to drop from 240lbs to 152. But the weight-loss left her with so much excess skin, she was forced to wear three tight tops at a time in an effort to hide it.

So when her boyfriend, Alex, proposed, she elected to spend $20,000 on a tummy-tuck and breast-lift ahead of her wedding.

Linsey Ray

Linsey Ray

Transformation: Linsey Ray, who was a U.S. size 22 at her largest (left) dieted down to 152lbs (right). But the weight-loss left her with unsightly excess skin, which she wanted to lose before her wedding

The vast sum mirrored the budget for her whole wedding, and she even agreed not to go on a honeymoon so that the money could be spent in transforming her figure.

She told Good Morning America: 'I know it sounds crazy but… it is
the worst thing in the world to literally wear three tank tops to hold
all your suction in, everything and so it's worth it for me.'

Six weeks after her operation, the show met Miss Ray again. Fully-recovered, her midriff appeared slimmer and more toned.

Linsey Ray

Extreme measures: The 26-year-old, who will marry in May, wants to feel like a princess on her big day

Linsey Ray

Linsey Ray

Excess skin: Six weeks later, Miss Ray's midriff was slimmer and more toned (before, left and after, right)

She said: 'I'm happy with the results. I know I'll look great in my dress. I'm excited to try on dresses.

feel like everything just fits the inside now. The inside matches the
outside package … I just want my day to be like … “That was my special
day and I got to get to feel like a princess.”'

Miss Ray's decision to have a serious cosmetic procedure before her wedding is part of an increasing trend called Bridalplasty, that sees brides undergo surgery in a bid to look their very best on their wedding day.

Linsey Ray

Excited: Though her surgery means she must forgo a honeymoon, Miss Ray is now enjoying planning the rest of her wedding – especially choosing her dress

Such is its popularity that a reality
show called Bridalplasty featured women who competed for surgery to
transform them ahead of their big day.

Dr Tenley Lawton, who treated Miss Ray, said she treats as many as five brides-to-be each month.

While most want Botox or other fillers, some brides-to-be have spent up to $15,000 on procedures.

'It's a whole lot of money,' Dr Lawton said. 'We want
to make sure the patient is doing this for the right reasons. They're
doing this for themselves, not just their fiancs or any other motive.'