Summary: Everyone’s in the holiday spirit around here, and so we got to talking about plastic surgery as a holiday gift. Is this an appropriate gift? That is, should you give plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery as a gift? It might be a good idea, but we have some suggestions on how to make sure this gift is wanted and received well.
For the Person Who Has Everything: Plastic Surgery as a Christmas Gift
What do you get for the person that has everything? How about plastic surgery? That can seem like both a good idea and a bad idea all at once. And yet, plastic surgery is indeed a very popular holiday gift. Many surgeons will also offer specials for those who are giving gift certificates or Botox treatments as a gift and so on. But this brings up some interesting questions. Is it possible to give someone plastic surgery as a gift without pressuring that person into said surgery? And pressure can be a big deal when it comes to plastic surgery—because you have those results for the rest of your life.
All that said, there are ways to give the gift of plastic surgery. You just have to do it in the right fashion. This will help ensure that everyone ends up happy—the giver, the patient, and the surgeon. After all, surgeons generally have no desire to perform procedures on patients who are not 100% committed (and they have ways of determining this, within reason). So if you want to give plastic surgery as a Christmas gift of as a holiday present, here’s how you can do that in a responsible way.
No More Surprises
The tradition, when it comes to giving gifts, is to make everything a surprise. But this is downright irresponsible with some gifts: pets, for example. (According to some data, more animals get returned to humane societies around the United States around Christmas than any other time of year… because people get them as gifts and don’t really want them or can’t handle them.) The point is this: if you want to give plastic surgery as a gift, you have to forego the element of surprise.
There are some very understandable reasons for this. Plastic surgery can be expensive, time consuming, and require some substantial commitment. You want to make sure that the gift-receiver is ready for that. You also want to make sure that plastic surgery is something that’s desired. After all, suggesting plastic surgery to someone who has never considered getting a procedure can be quite damaging to the self-esteem and confidence of that individual. You don’t want your gift to be perceived as an insult! The only way to ensure things move in the right direction is to communicate openly. And in order to communicate openly, you can’t have any surprises.
Consider Non Surgical Procedures
In the world of plastic and cosmetic surgery, most procedures can be broken down in to two categories: surgical and non surgical. Non surgical procedures tend to be more low key and less intense: these are laser treatments, injectables such as Botox, and non surgical alternative treatments such as non surgical nose jobs. To be sure, you still want to be open and communicative even when you give these non surgical treatments as gifts, but it’s worth noting that these treatments might be a good option because they’re easily recovered from and because they typically are not permanent.
Some Other Helpful Gift Advice
When it comes to giving plastic surgery as a gift, there are some other things that are important to keep in mind. As you give your gift, consider the following:
- Consider a Gift Card: Many people view gift cards as unthoughtful or unsurprising. But when it comes to giving plastic surgery as a gift, a gift card puts all of the power in the hands of the patient, and in this way, the format can be very appreciated.
- Don’t Tie Your Gift to Specific Procedures: Making your gift more general can give the patient more flexibility (and remove a significant amount of pressure). If you, say, give the gift of a tummy tuck specifically, there may be an uncomfortable double meaning to that. Best to avoid it altogether.
- No Strings Attached: It’s important to note that if you’re giving plastic surgery as a gift, there should be no strings attached. That’s the nature of a gift, after all.
As you can see, it’s certainly possible to give plastic surgery as a gift. You just have to do it in the right way. As with many elements in the field of plastic surgery, that right way involves a lot of openness and communication. So if you’re thinking about giving plastic surgery as a Christmas gift, make sure to follow this advice. And, above all else, make sure you’re only giving this gift to someone who has explicitly mentioned that he or she wants it.
If you follow that advice, the holidays should be good for you and yours!