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Special occasion surgeries: A new trend

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Mary Huff was a size 18.

Mary Huff got plastic surgery before her daughter's graduation

She lost 30 pounds in a matter of two months, but was still unhappy with the way she looked and felt. The Waldorf, Md. mother decided to go under the knife two weeks before her daughter graduated from high school.

“I wanted to look good for her graduation party," she said.

Huff underwent 13 different surgeries in one day last April, at the cost of about $35,000.

“He did my face…underarm area and the back,” Huff said, adding “I said can you give me Jennifer Lopez butt? He was like, yeah, I can do that."

Now, Huff is a size 8.

“I feel great,” she said.

"I feel good going out in public,” Huff added.

It's a growing trend. Today, more women and men are taking the plunge to look better for a special occasion—a wedding, a class reunion, a job interview or a milestone birthday.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as the number of surgical procedures rises—nearly 14 million last year, up five percent—so does the rate of special event surgeries.

Huff's plastic surgeon, Dr. Ayman Hakki performs 20 operations a month and says five to 10 percent of them are for special occasions—even his own mother did it.

She "came to me and said, 'I have your brother's wedding, is coming up in a few months so I want a neck lift,’” Hakki said.

Most plastic surgeons say there's nothing wrong with getting work done for an important event—as long as it's for the right reason.

“My least favorite reason to have plastic surgery is when you are doing it for someone else, because that is a red flag,” Hakki said.

Huff says that while her daughter's graduation party is why she had those 13 plastic surgeries in the first place, she'll feel the benefits of all those nips and tucks for many years to come.

The "outside is as much important as the inside. So you feel good on the outside...definitely gonna feel good on the inside," Huff said.

Doctors tell ABC7 that the number one special event that brings people in for plastic surgery in the D.C. area is weddings. Another very popular motivation—moms who want a tummy tuck before sailing off on a cruise.

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