- Dr. Jean-Paul Azzi
Giving the Gift of Plastic Surgery | To Gift or Not to Gift
Thinking of gifting a Facelift? Maybe Botox? Gifting plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures is no longer taboo the way it once was. In fact, we sell lots of gift cards and prepaid treatments during the holiday season. As with many other things in life, though, there are certainly “DOs and DON’Ts” of gifting cosmetic procedures. Here are some guidelines.
First and foremost, don’t ever assume someone wants facial plastic surgery or any type of cosmetic treatment! Just like you wouldn’t gift anything else without having had some indication that the other person would like it, don’t just assume the person would like a procedure. If a person has never brought up the topic of plastic surgery, gifting them something like this may make them feel less confident or cause them to pick themselves apart trying to determine why you would think they would need this. This is literally the exact opposite of what plastic surgery is meant to do. That being said, if you and your gift recipient talk openly about wanting plastic surgery or discuss procedures candidly, this may be a fabulous gift option.
Definitely step up for that person after the procedure. Ask if they need anything or if there is anything you can do to help. If it’s a more involved procedure like a facelift, rhinoplasty, or blepharoplasty, you may want to offer to drive the recipient to the procedure, give them ice for swelling, cook a couple meals, or maybe just give them a little affirmation. The point is, your gift doesn’t end at the initial exchange.
You definitely should not dictate what procedure that person should get. This is especially true for a recipient who has never explicitly said what his or her problem areas are. You may have candid conversations with friends or family about how you would love plastic surgery or maybe some fillers without identifying exactly what problem area you’re referring to.
If you know your friend or family member has a certain procedure done religiously (like Botox every few months), a great gift option is to pre-pay for one of their treatments/sessions. This is especially a nice gesture to have happen after the holidays come to a close when it feels like you’ve spent all of your time and money on gifts for other people. Having something taken care of for you would feel especially nice during this time of the year.
If you’ve read all the DOs and DON’Ts and would like to purchase a gift card or cosmetic procedure for a loved one, please call us at (561) 429-5403 or stop by one of our offices. Click here for locations.
If you’re out of state, we are happy to take your payment over the phone and mail a gift certificate to the recipient.