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Giving the Gift of Plastic Surgery

Andrew | December 31, 2013 | Posted in Body, Facelift, Skin Care

Most people know that the popularity of plastic surgery has been on the rise in recent years, thanks to numerous celebrities going public with their experiences. What may be surprising is the number of plastic surgery patients that go in for treatment thanks to the generosity of a loved one. Cosmetic procedures are becoming a hot commodity on the gift-giving circuit, but before you shell out cash to help a loved one achieve a new look, make sure you are selecting the best plastic surgeon in NYC for that special someone on your gift-giving list.

Gift-giving trend

According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), giving the gift of cosmetic surgery was one of the top trends in 2012. Cosmetic surgeons have also seen a significant increase in the movement, with some experiencing as much as a 35% increase in gifts like breast augmentation, eyelid surgery and nose jobs. According to a recent report at ABC News, other popular “gifts” include less invasive procedures like dermal fillers and Botox in New York City.

The trend is not limited to female recipients. Many men are now receiving cosmetic procedures as a gift for Christmas, Father’s Day or a birthday. Procedures for men do not differ that much from surgery for women, with the most popular options including rhinoplasty (nose surgery), liposuction and eyelid surgery. However, one procedure that more men ask for than women is breast reduction surgery to treat a condition known as gynecomastia, or enlarged breasts in men.

Doing it right

While plastic surgery gifts are rising in popularity, how they are presented will directly impact how they are received. Many women say they would be offended if a man presented them with a gift like this, particularly if it wasn’t requested by the recipient. There are also a number of logistics involved with scheduling cosmetic procedures that make these gifts more complicated than picking up an iPod at the mall.

The cost of plastic surgery can vary significantly from procedure to procedure. Injectable treatments like Botox may cost just a few hundred dollars while surgical procedures like a face lift can cost thousands. Prices for procedures like a tummy tucks or face lifts may range from around $8,000 to $15,000, depending on where the procedure is performed and how much work is to be done. Those who wish to give the procedure as a gift may come into the office to arrange a payment schedule or provide the patient with CareCredit, which is like a credit card for cosmetic treatments.

Choosing the best plastic surgeon in NYC

Choosing an excellent plastic surgeon is also an important step in giving the gift of cosmetic surgery. The recipient of the gift must feel comfortable and confident with the chosen physician. The doctor should specialize in cosmetic procedures and be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. An initial consultation with the physician will be required to ensure the patient is a good candidate for the procedure based on medical history and expected outcome.

When it comes to qualifications and experience, Dr. Thomas Loeb is considered among the best plastic surgeons in NYC by many standards. Dr. Loeb has performed hundreds of procedures on both celebrities and non-celebrities in the New York area, and is considered an innovator in the cosmetic surgery field. Dr. Loeb strives to provide each patient with personalized attention that ensures beautiful, natural results that address a patient’s unique needs and expected outcome.

Dr. Loeb performs his procedures in the comfortable, professional setting of his Fifth Avenue surgical suite. For more information about the facial plastic surgery procedures Dr. Loeb performs, contact his office at 212.327.3700.

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  1. ABC News, Gift of Plastic Surgery on the Rise this Christmas,
  2. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Giving Plastic Surgery as a Gift,
  3. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Is Plastic Surgery the Ultimate Gift? Why Paying for a Loved One’s Procedure can Hurt More than it Helps,
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