It can be difficult to find that perfect gift for a loved one, particularly for someone who seems as if he or she has it all. Giving the gift of cosmetic surgery can be a great option for the person who has mentioned an interest in it. However, because there is a lot of meaning behind plastic surgery, it is wise to approach this possible gift with some caution.
- Do not suggest cosmetic surgery to someone who has not expressed interest in it. Doing this is most often seen as suggesting that the person is not good enough or that he or she needs to beautify the bodies to become acceptable.
- Let the individual arrange the surgery. Setting up an appointment or a surgery time is unacceptable without the individual’s consent. In addition, cosmetic surgery can be highly dangerous without a thorough pre-surgery evaluation by the doctor. The doctor will be able to discuss goals of the surgery as well as risks and possible complications. The individual will also be able to describe what he or she wants before being put under the knife.
- Suggest a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. While the individual should be allowed to choose the surgeon based on personal preferences and comfort level, the gift giver could suggest a surgeon in the area who has a track record of safety and cutting-edge techniques.
- Consider less invasive options. Perhaps there is something that can be done for the individual that does not require going under the knife, but that still accomplishes some of the same goals. For example, microdermabrasion can significantly improve the look of the skin. Consider a gift card for Botox or Juvaderm rather than suggesting a facelift.
- Be sure to keep the needs and wishes of the individual in mind rather than your own desires. No one appreciates having someone else’s goals superimposed on his or her life. Because the Christmas season is the time for giving and for celebrating joy with loved ones, let this gift be a joyful one that seeks the good of the loved one.