Summary: According to new reports, plastic surgery as a gift is gaining in popularity. But you can’t really wrap a box of plastic surgery—and even if you could, it’s not as easy as making a Milwaukee breast augmentation surgery appointment for your wife and surprising her with it. Plastic surgery comes with some baggage and with some pressure, and there are definitely some thorny issues that can come up. So make sure that you’re prepared for a possible minefield—of course, the best way to do that is to simply give yourself the gift of plastic surgery. Trust us, this is the best way.
The Holiday Gift to Yourself
Christmas is a time of gift giving. Sometimes that means shelling out for a toaster no one will ever use. Sometimes that means putting a pair of diamond earrings on the credit card (totally worth it). To many families, it means a bundle of presents under the tree. But there’s a new trend in plastic surgery that’s fitting in nicely with the holiday spirit of giving, even if it doesn’t seem like it at first. It seems a growing number of people are looking not for a package under the tree, but some time under the scalpel. That’s right—it seems as though giving aesthetic plastic surgery for Christmas or other holidays is a growing trend.
In truth, we have some reservations about aesthetic plastic surgery as a gift giving option. The heart can be in the right place, but this is an awfully powerful gesture that can be relatively easily misinterpreted. The danger, of course, is that a man gives his wife breast implants or a breast augmentation to her for Christmas, and the implicit message seems to be that the husband no longer finds his wife’s breasts appealing. This simple misunderstanding can open a can of worms that can be difficult to overcome and can lead to a great deal of conflict. And this is even true if the wife in this situation (it could be the husband in another) has already confessed to wanting plastic surgery. In other words, it’s really easy for a plastic surgery gift to feel like a judgment on the body.
Don’t Give Plastic Surgery to Someone Else
So here’s a bit of advice on how to handle the holiday season plastic surgery giving minefield. First of all, to all the husbands out there—do not give your wife plastic surgery for a holiday gift. Instead, let your wife give herself plastic surgery for the holiday season. There are a couple of reasons to take this approach. The first is that plastic surgery can be a pretty acute nexus of various social pressures—the desire to look a certain way, the desire to feel a certain way, and to do so in public. This means that there’s already a great deal of pressure to, for example, have larger breasts, and pressure from a spouse can feel incredibly unwelcome. Worse, it may force a decision that one party is particularly unenthusiastic about.
It’s also true that people want control over their own bodies—this seems fairly obvious. Giving a gift can sometimes come with an obligation: I’m giving you these breast implants, so I have a say in how they look and feel. This type of arrangement is, unsurprisingly, unhealthy. When someone gives plastic surgery to him or her self as a holiday gift, this entire uncomfortable agreement is successfully sidestepped. And it’s incredibly important that whoever undergoes the surgery has full and complete control over the course of that surgery. This should go without saying, but it must be said nonetheless.
Some Possible Plastic Surgery Gift Options
So, before moving forward with a plastic surgery gift, make sure that it’s simply this: a gift to yourself. And now that we’ve got that out of the way, it’s a good time to look at the various surgical procedures that would make for an excellent gift:
Breast Augmentation/Breast Lift
The breast is a locus of youth and femininity, and even in Milwaukee breast augmentation surgery is incredibly popular. A new pair of breasts can often not only feel like a new lease on life but also a new lease on youth. Because of this, a breast augmentation or a breast lift would be an excellent gift to yourself this holiday season. With a breast augmentation, you get an entirely new, augmented pair of breasts. You get to choose the size and shape of the implants. With a breast lift, your current breasts are simply bolstered—made perkier—and excess tissue is removed. The result is a younger, perkier looking profile. Recovery times for both procedures are relatively comparable, coming in at somewhere between two and three weeks to resume normal activities.
The other reason these procedures are such a great gift is that plastic surgeons have come a very long way in making these procedures as painless and as quick to recovery from as possible. This means that there’s minimum pain and a lot of gain, and, in the end, isn’t that a gift in itself?
Botox and Dermal Fillers
Injectables are a great gift idea, if only because they require such little commitment. Surgery certainly requires that kind of commitment—time off of work, recovery time, not to mention permanent results. But dermal fillers are much more cosmetic. In the span of roughly an hour, you can have Botox injected and that Botox product can begin relaxing your muscles and diminishing your wrinkles. Otherwise, there are always dermal fillers available. Dermal fillers replace volume lost due to aging. They can make your cheeks look filler and, basically, fill up some of those wrinkles so that your overall appearance seems more youthful.
Generally Botox and dermal fillers do not require down time and you can resume normal activities almost immediately. This is also great because these procedures can generally be performed in roughly an hour—so you could go to lunch and get Botox and be back and simply look a little bit younger.
So, this is an intense series of surgeries. Mommy makeovers generally involve three distinct procedures: a tummy tuck, liposuction, and a breast lift or breast augmentation (or a combination of both). The drawback of a mommy makeover is, of course, recovery time. It will take several weeks to recover from the surgery, and tummy tucks in particular can be painful (though, a pain pump or an exparel shot can certainly help with that).
However, mommy makeovers target those specific body changes brought about by motherhood and pregnancy. Tummy tucks can tighten up the stomach (stretched out by pregnancy) and breast lifts can help make the breasts look more youthful (nursing can have a negative effect on breasts, of course) and liposuction can help eliminate any excess fat that accumulates through motherhood.
Unwrap Your Plastic Surgery Present
Whatever direction you choose to go, make sure that you don’t surprise anyone with a plastic surgery gift. It’s something that should be communicated about and discussed thoroughly before moving forward with a consultation. Those who want plastic surgery and get it can show marked improvements in quality of life, so this really can be an excellent gift. Just make sure that you’re giving it to yourself and doing so for the right reasons.
The holidays can be a tempting time to concentrate on others, so it can take some special effort to concentrate on yourself. But plastic surgery is a big life change. You deserve it, and you deserve the happiness it brings about. With that in mind, there’s no wonder that it’s become such a popular holiday gift.