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All I Want for Christmas Is Plastic Surgery

All I Want for Christmas Is Plastic Surgery


Thousands of kids are hoping to wake up on Christmas morning this year to find Guitar Hero or Hannah Montana tickets under the tree. But are there gifts that can make adults equally excited? Something they could enjoy for months, or even years, after the torn wrapping paper and discarded bows have been collected?

The answer is yes. Although the toy-making elves at the North Pole might not have the answers or the necessary medical education and experience, there are many talented plastic surgeons who can help you give the gift of cosmetic surgery to someone you love this holiday season. That special someone in your life could ring in the New Year looking rejuvenated, healthy, and more beautiful than ever.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … a face lift and rhinoplasty?

Plastic surgery has exploded in popularity in recent years, as more and more people realize there's no shame in wanting to look and feel as good as modern technology will allow. Now that plastic surgery is more socially acceptable and in-demand than ever, it's only natural that procedures such as face lifts, rhinoplasty, and liposuction are starting to show up on Christmas lists. Plastic surgery consultant and author Susan Gail has noted the recent increase in the popularity of body-improvement gifts, and she thinks that people should feel comfortable asking the Santas in their lives for whichever treatment they're interested in. "If you know what you want, and you can figure it out for yourself, then absolutely," Gail says.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … two new breasts

It has been said that Christmas gifts can come in many different shapes and sizes, but that saying was generally referring to traditional gifts like toasters or sweaters. However, some women have decided that the gift-giving season is the perfect time to let their significant others know that they are interested in undergoing breast augmentation. " If my husband could afford it, I would definitely ask for them," Abby Ziegler, 24, of San Diego says.

Gail says, "It's okay to say 'this is what I want for Christmas. This is what I want for Hanukah or the holidays’ … but … you do it for yourself. You want it for yourself."

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … hmm…how about a gift certificate for three rejuvenating laser skin tightening sessions?

Perhaps your loved one has mentioned that she would love a face lift to help turn back time, or that he is thinking about abdominoplasty to tone his midsection. In those cases, giving a gift certificate for cosmetic surgery would be a loving, thoughtful Christmas present. If such hints haven’t been dropped, however, a gift like that could convey unintended meanings that might be inappropriate on such a happy, joyous morning. On the other hand, many cosmetic surgery practices offer spa-style procedures for achieving healthier, smoother, younger-looking skin; these less intensive treatments may be more likely to express the right message to your loved one.

But gift-givers are advised to be extremely careful when it comes to surprising a loved one with any type of cosmetic procedure, whether surgical or non-surgical. Susan Gail urges people to be mindful of how the person will feel if they're given a certificate for a procedure like BOTOX® Cosmetic that they didn't ask for. Recipients could wonder if something is wrong with them or whether their significant other still finds them attractive. Gail says, "Unless you absolutely know [that] the person … wants this more than anything … you run the risk of … wounding somebody that you love … and putting a chink in the relationship."

Of course, the decision to undergo plastic surgery is a serious one that should be made exclusively by the person who will undergo the procedure. But if you would like the gift of breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, or some other cosmetic procedure, then you might want to consider telling your true love that's what you really want for Christmas. After all, the benefits of cosmetic surgery are much more likely to make you happy than a partridge in a pear tree.

Susan Gail is a cosmetic surgery consultant, the author of Cosmetic Surgery: Before, Between, and After, and the creator of the GAIL METHOD of Cosmetic Therapy. She also serves as Patient Advisory Director for Einstein Industries.

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