Summary: Some have noted that during the holiday seasons, the amount of patients at cosmetic surgery clinics seem to rise. This stands to reason—the holidays tend to amplify the pressures we might feel throughout our daily lives. It stands to reason then, that when the holidays come knocking, people often make a last minute effort to look their best. Whether it’s simple sibling rivalry or a long held dislike of a sibling, there’s always a little bit of joy that comes from looking just a little bit better, a little more youthful, than the rest of your family.
The holidays are about family, right? Sure, to the kids it’s all about the presents stacked under the tree. But we adults know better. We know it’s about family and about spending quality time with loved ones. At least, that’s the idea. But remember what those family dinners are like? Intense, awkward, maybe a little combative—at least, that’s how it was in my family. Sure, the romantic ideal is a family sitting around the table exchanging thoughtful stories and checking in with each other—forging those familial bonds again. But if your family is anything like my family, reality and the ideal are pretty far apart.
I think the worst part of that, for me, is how competitive everything is. Being from Minneapolis, it’s true that we’ve got that stereotyped “Minnesota Nice” thing going on—but that just means the competitive streak is more passive aggressive. Sometimes that competition even gets in to aging—that is whoever is aging more slowly tends to win the competition. Or, let’s think about it another way—there’s a lot of pressure to appear successful when you sit down to your holiday dinner with your family.
When the Snow Starts Falling, People Start Looking for Fillers
Perhaps that explains why December is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for cosmetic surgeons across the country. As reported by KTHV 11, a CBS affiliate based out of Arkansas, December traditionally sees a marked increase in the amount of people searching for cosmetic surgery services, and those cosmetic surgeons largely chalk that up to a couple of things. First and foremost, the end of the year is a time for reflection—so if you’ve spent all year thinking about Botox or Juvederm, you’re more likely to pull the trigger in December, towards the end of that year.
But another reason is that intense pressure I mentioned above. Which is interesting. No cosmetic surgeon necessarily thinks that pleasing someone else is a good reason to engage in cosmetic procedures of any kind. In fact, if you look at the website of the Minneapolis Injectables and Fillers experts at Carillon Clinic, you can see several mentions of this ethos. Basically, cosmetic surgeons tend to think that the only reasons you should get cosmetic procedures done are selfish reasons—get these procedures to feel good about yourself.
Feeling Good Because of Cosmetic Surgery
But here’s the complication. One way to feel good about yourself and improve your general feelings of wellbeing is to eliminate that unwanted pressure. There might seem like that’s contradictory, but it’s not. In the prior case, that feeling of pressure didn’t exist until someone applied that pressure—in the latter case, it’s about the person. It’s self contained.
It’s also worth mentioning that most of the procedures that gain in popularity around Christmas and the holidays are procedures which are less invasive and offer more immediate results. For example, Botox Cosmetic injections offer results nearly instantly, and while there can be a little bit of redness, it’s safe to return to most normal activities almost immediately. This is very different from a surgical procedure, in which you might be required to observe several weeks of downtime in order to safeguard your results (and, in some cases, your health).
Dermal Fillers and Injectables Under the Tree
Many patients who are seeking a little holiday lift aren’t necessarily looking for surgery (those patients who want to impress with a tummy tuck likely had their operation back in June). Rather, patients looking for an immediate impact are likely to gravitate towards dermal fillers and other injectables. This is because injectables are a great way to get that immediate result (that is, they favor those who like a little bit of instant gratification). The drawback is that the effects of injectables can wane over time, and to preserve your results, you’ll need to follow up every so often.
So, yeah, the holiday season is one in which there is a kind irrational need to beat your siblings at everything, and one of the best ways to beat them is simply to look a little bit younger, a little bit more well rested, and, therefore, a little better off. Just remember, Botox may have given you a leg up this year, so that doesn’t mean you have to rub it in anyone’s faces. You still want to avoid coal in your stocking.