Giving Cosmetic Surgery as a Gift?

Cosmetic Surgery for a gift.

It’s not such a crazy idea anymore right? In fact, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery says demand for cosmetic enhancement procedures and surgeries jumps about 25 percent from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, presumably from those who want to look their absolute best during the festive and social holiday season. But even if you’re satisfied with how you look, the association adds that “gifting” others with plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments is becoming “a huge trend” and that facial plastic surgeons are seeing an increase in “people shopping for gift certificates for facial rejuvenation treatments for a spouse, parent, sister or friend.” So will New Year’s Resolutions quickly go from treadmills to tummy tucks?

According to the academy, the list of most popular cosmetic gifts in 2015 includes such procedures as rhinoplasties and eyelid surgery, as well as such injectables as neurotoxin and dermal fillers.  Also popular as gifts according to the academy, are such “minimally invasive treatments” as “non-surgical fat reduction under the skin, skin resurfacing with lasers and peels, and lip, chin and cheek enhancement with fillers and fat.” Another reason for undergoing such procedures during the holiday season, the academy says: It’s the only time of the year when some patients can take a week or two off from job or school for post-surgical healing.

But when does the gift of “giving” or suggesting cosmetic surgery or encouraging someone to undergo a procedure overstep the bounds of friendship or one’s relationship? Suggesting someone update their wardrobe or enhance their makeup is not anywhere near the same level as telling someone to get cosmetic surgery. However, people socializing or chatting in the office sometimes coerce their co-workers to “tell her about this, or tell him about that”. So, how does one encourage someone to seek out plastic surgery without insulting them? The correct answer, however, is quite simple…you don’t. So is there such a thing as cosmetic surgery etiquette?

Recommending to someone of “your interest” to alter or enhance their looks can and may not be an area you should feel comfortable making a comment on. Of course that is different if the person comes to you for advice or support and actually wants information about the option to address the issue at hand. Joining them at the consultation is even acceptable, if they need or want your support, but speaking on their behalf is not. Often times how we see others is not the same at how they see themselves. We have to remember that they have to make themselves happy with how they look, not us.

The same manners apply if someone you are not very close with has a procedure done that you notice, don’t just yell out what you see. If they are not willing to bring it up, then you should not either. While there is no shame in improving ones looks, not everyone is as comfortable and blatant as the Kardashians when it comes to plastic surgery. A simple compliment on how good they look will suffice.

The point is, for the holiday season and News Year’s resolutions, when you consider giving the gift of cosmetic surgery, think before you speak… if at all.


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