Couples plastic surgery: A new trend?

SAN DIEGO - A new consumer trend has couples getting plastic surgery together. One doctor told Team 10 there has been a 30 percent jump in couples getting facelifts and other procedures together over the last few years.

Jackie and David Jernigan are a case in point. When they met, they did not think they would end up married.

For David, Jackie had to learn to scuba dive to become real marriage material.

"Was it a deal breaker if i didn't like it," Jackie said. "And he said no but he was sure I'd like it."

For Jackie, David had to learn to shear alpacas at her family's property in Nevada.

"Put your hands here, and turn this one there. I'm like, 'You want me to do what?'" David said.

A year later, they were married and doing everything together.

"I try to take to take care of her, you know, in sickness and in health," David said.

And after surgery. The Jernigans went under the knife together.

Jackie, 62, decided to get a facelift first and David, 66, was soon after.

"She was like, 'Do you want to do it?'" David said.

It is a trend that facial plastic surgeon Dr. Roy David of the La Jolla Center for Plastic Surgery has been seeing among married couples for the last five years.

"I'd say roughly a 30 percent increase in couples coming in together," said Dr. David.

He believes one reason more couples are getting surgery together is because more men in general are getting procedures done. He also said if one partner is going to look 10 to 15 years younger, then the other one wants to look and feel the same.

Plastic surgery does carry risks of scarring, infection and numbness of the skin and it can be expensive for both people.

A full facelift at the La Jolla Center for Plastic Surgery will cost $10,000 to $12,000. David had the less invasive La Jolla Lift which can cost $6,000 to $8,000.

The least expensive option would be an injectable such as Botox or Sculptra. They cost anywhere from $200 to $1,000 depending on what you get and how much.

The Jernigans spent $14,000 on Jackie's procedures and $9,000 on David.

Jackie went first and David took care of her during recovery and when David was recovering, his wife cared for him.

"You knew what the other was going through," said Jackie.

They know it may seem like a lot of money to some, but it was worth it for them.

"We just had the clocks on our face reset to match how we feel," said David.

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