Time for a Holiday Nip/Tuck?

Dr. David Stoker

The holiday season is well-known for being the time of year when Americans spend the most money shopping. But holiday spending sprees these days extend to more than electronics and clothing; as it turns out, this is also the time of year that they spend the most money on cosmetic surgery. There are two main contributing factors: the desire to look great at social gatherings and the extra time off for recovery.

It’s natural to want to look your best, especially when you know you’re going to see relatives for the first time all year. Getting together with family can be the best part of the season, but many people begin to stress at the thought of being judged. In addition to buying new clothes and getting their hair done, many people now invest in plastic surgery to look great for these holiday parties.

Many people also look forward to this time of year because of the opportunity to take some extra time off from work. For those who have been planning on getting a cosmetic procedure, those extra vacation days look like a great time to recover from surgery. For potential patients who look to the holidays as a great time to get plastic surgery for either of these reasons, there are some things to keep in mind.

  • Cosmetic surgery should only be sought for your satisfaction, not the perceptions of others. It is always tempting to show off your great looks at a party, but plastic surgery is not the best way to do it. These procedures can be transforming, but only when you get it to please yourself.
  • Certain procedures deliver long-lasting or permanent results. Making such a life-changing decision should merit careful consideration on the part of the patient.
  • Recovery times can vary widely when it comes to cosmetic procedures. Procedures like breast augmentation or liposuction only need a long weekend for recovery in most cases. More invasive procedures, such as a tummy tuck, can take considerably longer. And of course, non-invasive treatments like Botox have no downtime.
  • Even after your recovery period is over, you may still experience some difficulty performing everyday tasks. Even after you return to work following breast augmentation, for instance, you may be sore and find it difficult carrying around heavy shopping bags.

Although we have seen the tremendous positive effects that cosmetic surgery can have on our patients, we know that it’s important to seek it for the right reasons. This holiday season, make sure that your resolutions lead you to make the changes that are best for you. And if that happens to include plastic surgery, we’re here to help.

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