Giving plastic surgery as a gift

December 30, 2011

Giving plastic surgery as a gift
Giving plastic surgery as a gift

Many plastic surgeons say that plastic surgery was a popular gift during the holiday season. However, experts say there are some things to think about if you want to give someone a gift meant to enhance their appearance.

A Florida-based plastic surgeon recently told WTSP-TV News that procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks and liposuction are commonly given as gifts.

"I think that a lot of women would really, really love and appreciate a little added help that they probably can't give themselves or pick up at the Mall," Natalie Martinez, a woman who received breast augmentation surgery from her boyfriend, told the news provider.

Experts say that "buying" a surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure for someone special involves some consideration and planning.

Since the patient must have a consultation with a licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon before any procedures are performed, some suggest scheduling an initial appointment for them. Assembling brochures and other information about potential procedures and giving them to the recipient so he or she can choose what they want to have done is also a good idea.

Cost will depend on what procedure(s) are done, but can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand.
"For a simple injectable, it could be as low as a few hundred dollars," a California-based plastic surgeon told ABC's Good Morning America. "If we're talking about a full mommy makeover, which could include a tummy tuck and a breast lift or a breast augmentation, it could be anywhere between $7,000 and $15,000."

The gift recipient should feel comfortable with his or her plastic surgeon and know that they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are operating out of an accredited facility. Safety is always paramount when giving the gift of cosmetic surgery


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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