What can we tell you? For the millions of people who have undergone cosmetic procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical, their new look is a gift of sorts, something they can cherish and be truly grateful for. But cosmetic surgery can also be a gift in the more traditional sense. And many people are opting to make it the ultimate gift for a loved one.
If you had an accurate wish list for your friends and family, we’re quite sure some of them would include a facelift, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, Botox®, laser surgery, tummy tuck, or one of the many other cosmetic procedures now available. The big question, of course, is how to go about giving the gift. If we have one overriding piece of advice, it is to avoid, at all costs, making it a surprise. Making a gift of a breast augmentation may sound like a great idea, but when the gift is for your girlfriend, who believes her breasts are currently her best feature, you might end up with egg on your face – well, maybe egg nog this time of year.
Surprises aside, there are other important things to keep in mind when making a gift of cosmetic surgery. First, of course, is that if the recipient has expressly asked for it, your gift will be viewed as both thoughtful and generous. Unless, of course, you decide that as the “gifter,” you get to determine the specifics of the procedure. Here’s what we mean: Let’s say your wife has been hinting around about having surgery on her nose. The perfect solution may well be to leave a rhinoplasty under the tree at holiday time, or in a gift box on her birthday. On the other hand, you don’t get to choose the particulars of the surgery. That, we think, is a matter between the recipient and his or her doctor.
Cosmetic surgery gifts are a great idea. But remember that ultimately, the success of the entire procedure hinges on achieving the goals of the patient, not of the person who happens to be footing the bill.