Every year the holiday wish list gets longer—iPads, perfume, gourmet gifts—and it’s increasingly more difficult to top last year’s or be creative enough come up with something that will really be a surprise this year. It’s no real wonder, then, that plastic surgery has popped up in media headlines as a gift trend in recent years. In many ways, this is the ultimate gift. At the same time, it’s the kind of gift that can easily be received the wrong way if you don’t do it carefully. So whether you may be thinking about getting or giving the gift of cosmetic enhancement this holiday season, we have a couple of tips to making sure it inspires tears of joy, not sadness.
If you plan to show your love this holiday season by putting liposuction (or other procedure) under the tree, be sure this is something actually on your family member/friend/significant other’s wish list. Otherwise, it may end up coming off as a personal criticism or message that you’re dissatisfied with their appearance in some way. (Honey, I got you a breast augmentation even though you didn’t ask for it.) The best time to give the gift of cosmetic surgery is by direct request. In other words, the recipient has already researched treatments and doctors and decided that this is something he or she plans to do once it’s financially feasible.
One of the biggest ways to ensure a successful cosmetic treatment is by finding the best qualified doctor in your area who has repeatedly demonstrated excellent results and with whom the patient has a good rapport. That said, picking a random doctor out of a hat or based on a holiday special or promotion for someone else is simply not a good idea. If you know that someone wants to have a procedure and you simply want to fund it, don’t buy a certificate from a random practice; instead, create your own personal gift certificate, allocating a specific dollar amount or calling out the procedure you want to gift.
Even if the gift giver does everything right, there is a potential pitfall that exists. As the one paying for the procedure, it wouldn’t be uncommon to feel like he or she should be part of the decision-making process. The fact is, any cosmetic treatment is a very personal decision and should be left entirely up to the person undergoing the procedure. That person is, after all, the one who has to live with the results. So if you decide to give cosmetic surgery this holiday season, be sure to let the recipient of your gift know that all particulars are up to them.
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