‘Tis the Season! If you’re thinking of giving that special person in your life a gift of plastic surgery, follow these six tips, according to an article in Allure magazine.
1. Plastic surgery cuts deeper than skin. Never suggest a procedure that your loved one has never mentioned. Doing so may send the message you think he or she is inadequate.
2. If your loved one can’t stop talking about how much he wants an eyelid lift, you have a green light to surprise him with a consult and a promise to pay.
3. Don’t secretly arrange surgery for your loved one without a comprehensive consultation. The option you and she might have talked about may not be the best plan. Plastic surgery has benefits, but it also has risks and potential complications. An alternative you didn’t even know about might be a better choice.
4. Do your homework. Find out who the board-certified plastic surgeons are in your area.
5. Don’t choose your loved one’s surgeon for her. It might not be a match. 1 Plastic surgery is deeply personal, and the patient should be in the driver’s seat when choosing her surgeon.
6. If you really want to have a gift card ready under the Christmas tree, pre-paying for a treatment your loved one gets regularly, like Botox, can be a great choice.
Additionally, if you are going to gift surgery to someone, doing your due diligence means checking out the doctor, too. Scroll through surgery message boards for reviews. And most importantly, know if the doctor is board-certified. There are approximately 7,000 doctors in this country calling themselves plastic surgeons, in reality only about 5,500 to 6,000 truly board-certified plastic surgeons. If a doctor is doing these procedures without having all of the specialty schooling or experience, they’re a riskier choice.
George Hricko, MD, is an ASPS Member plastic surgeon who is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery® and trained specifically in plastic surgery with over 37 years of experience! ASPS members operate only in accredited medical facilities, adhere to a strict code of ethics and fulfill continuing medical education requirements in plastic surgery, including training in patient safety techniques. As your medical partner, Dr. Hricko is dedicated to working with you to achieve your goals.
The bottom line is that no one should buy this gift for someone who hasn’t already expressed repeated interest in getting cosmetic surgery. Please contact our office to get additional information regarding giving OR receiving a cosmetic procedure this holiday season.