The Gift of Plastic Surgery


Valerie DeBenedette, Senior Medical Editor

Valerie DeBenedette is a science writer who specializes in keeping people informed about medicine and their health. She has more than 20 years of experience writing for newspapers, magazines, and websites and has written about most areas of medicine. For many years, she was a contributing writer to Cosmetic Dermatology and to Drug Topics, the leading pharmacy trade magazine. She also was a contributing editor to The Physician and Sportsmedicine for many years. She has written about most fields of medicine, including dermatology, sportsmedicine, ophthalmology, general surgery, orthopedics, and women's health; as well as public health policy and the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, she is the author of Caffeine, a book for young people. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.

November 14 2007

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Plastic surgery as a holiday gift? It is a rapidly growing trend!

Instead of unwrapping holiday packages, more and more women and men are unwrapping a new nose, larger breasts, or a slimmer waistline. 

The holiday season and early months of the New Year have become particularly busy periods for plastic surgeons. According to a recent survey by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 49% of cosmetic plastic surgeons say they had patients who received a cosmetic surgery procedure as a gift.

What's driving the growing popularity of giving gift certificates and gift vouchers for cosmetic surgery? One reason may be the rise of popular television shows about plastic surgery. Prime-time dramas and sitcoms and reality-based programs have made cosmetic surgery much more acceptable. Instead of feeling embarrassed or ashamed, people are happy to discuss plastic surgery procedures and are more open to asking for a cosmetic surgery gift certificate, or giving a plastic surgery gift voucher to a friend or loved one.

Among the most requested and given plastic surgery gifts are minimally invasive procedures such as:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic injections
  • Collagen injections
  • Restylane injections

More extensive cosmetic surgery "gift" procedures, from face lifts and breast augmentation to tummy tucks and liposuction, are also becoming acceptable as gifts. works with an extensive, nationwide network of board-certified surgeons who guarantee financing for all qualified patients. Your gift of plastic surgery can be more affordable than ever before!

Cosmetic Surgery Gifts Are Popular with Men, Too!

Over the past several years, growing numbers of men are treating themselves to plastic surgery procedures or have received them as gifts from friends or loved ones. Many cosmetic surgeons report 35% to 40% of their rhinoplasty patients are men. And the number of men undergoing other procedures is growing every year.

Take Care Not to Hurt Feelings

But remember that giving a cosmetic surgery gift certificate requires careful consideration.

While few people are likely to be offended or insulted by a gift of cash or clothing, a cosmetic surgery gift could unintentionally offend or hurt the feelings of the recipient. You may inadvertently deliver the message that the recipient is ugly or that your feelings are conditional on his or her looks. You can avoid this by listening for clues. Has your wife been saying for years that she needs a tummy tuck or larger breasts? Has your husband been saying he hates his nose? Listen carefully, and you'll learn which cosmetic surgery gift would be most appreciated.

One important rule: never—ever!—pressure a loved one to undergo a cosmetic procedure. Surgery is surgery. Although you may want your loved one to have the procedure, only he or she will actually be undergoing surgery. Although cosmetic surgery is very safe, there are some risks.

If you do decide to give a cosmetic surgery gift, always consult a board-certified surgeon. can help you locate a qualified surgeon in your area.

The Gift That Will Be Appreciated for Years to Come

A cosmetic surgery gift lasts a lifetime. Whether you're giving a plastic surgery gift voucher to a friend or loved one, or treating yourself to that enhancement you've always wanted, your gift should be a positive, life-changing experience. So go ahead. Give a friend – or yourself – a new look this holiday season. Give the gift of cosmetic plastic surgery!