Due to the increase in people partaking in the self-care movement, offering gift cards for aesthetic treatments is an option that people should consider, according to Mary Lynn Moran, M.D., a facial plastic surgeon based in Tennessee and president of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). “We see an uptick in requests for non-invasive cosmetic treatments and surgeries from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve for many reasons,” says Moran. “Some people finally have time off to heal properly, others may just want to look their best for their holiday soirees, and some people are purchasing gifts for their loved ones.”
Best-sellers include injectables such as Botox, Dysport and dermal fillers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser facial packages, but Moran is also seeing increased interest in packages of energy-based device treatments that aim to reduce fat around the neck or improve facial skintone, texture, or elasticity. One reason for this increase in requests for gift certificates for plastic surgery, anti-aging procedures, and other treatments is that people are now proud of what they had done and they are not afraid to talk or post about it. However, there are some things to avoid when considering gifting someone plastic surgery. “Before you give someone the gift of facial plastic surgery, make sure it is something that is on their wish list to avoid insulting them,” says Moran. “Never purchase a gift card for a procedure that the person hasn’t mentioned, as this may send a negative message and the gesture will backfire big time.”
Also, don’t fall for holiday sales without doing research. It’s important to go with a board-certified surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the face, head, and neck. Research providers and treatment information via trusted online sources like the AAFPRS, review before/after images, and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions about background and credentials.