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Cosmetic Surgery Tops Christmas Wish Lists

With Christmas just around the corner, many people are looking at weeks of social engagements and cheerful selfies. Experts are saying that these social pressures are leading more people to seek cosmetic surgery treatments, particularly non-invasive treatments like fillers and Botox. Not only are cosmetic surgeons experiencing a spike in demand around the festive season, but people are also reportedly giving cosmetic surgery treatments as a gift.

December 8, 2016

Experts on the cosmetic surgery community Real Self reported an increase in interest in cosmetic surgery around Christmas and New Year as a result of the selfie phenomenon. With more social occasions such as office Christmas parties and family reunions, there is a lot of pressure to look our best, which is why so many people are opting to go under the needle or knife.

Dr Dara Liotta, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon from New York reported an increase in demand for botox, under-eye and cheek fillers, and injection rhinoplasties. She reported an increase in patients gifting treatments to their friends and family, and husbands buying treatments for their wives. According to Dr Liotta, “Plastic surgery is the new diamond”.

This raises some questions about the importance of choosing your own surgeon, and ensuring that cosmetic surgery is done for the right reason. There are also concerns about newly qualified beauticians carrying out treatments to keep up with demand without having enough experience. For anyone hoping to have a cosmetic surgery procedure done over the Christmas period, there are a few important factors to consider in order to avoid having to make a cosmetic surgery claim.

Choose your own surgeon. If you are giving a procedure as a gift, it’s important that the recipient is able to research the procedure, choose their own surgeon and be happy with the treatment plan in their own time.

Beware discounted deals. There are many cheap discount sites offering cosmetic surgery procedures such as teeth whitening and botox for much less cost than the market average. These can often involve hidden costs or substandard treatment.

Have realistic expectations. It can be easy to assume that cosmetic surgery is the missing ingredient for happiness, but this is sadly not the case. Keeping your expectations in check is much easier when you are working with a qualified and experienced practitioner who will know what will work for you.

Consider all the options. Some people don’t realise there are non-invasive options available, or that there are different versions of the same treatment. Having a thorough understanding of the treatment you want in addition to all of the alternatives will help you to make an informed decision.

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