Plastic Surgery Before Holiday Season?

Many people want to look their absolute best during the holidays. In fact, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery says the demand for cosmetic enhancement procedures and surgeries jumps about 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

They also acknowledge that gifting yourself or loved ones with plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments is becoming a huge trend, from gift certificates for facial rejuvenation treatments to more significant surgical procedures or makeovers.

The short answer to your question is “yes,” but there are many considerations. First, I urge you to understand all of your options and not feel rushed to make a decision. Don’t allow yourself to be influenced by seeing a picture of yourself from holidays passed, or a celebrity who recently had plastic surgery. If you want to get more information, you should contact a plastic surgeon’s office and tell them you want the earliest consultation and surgical scheduling.

Successful practices like mine are especially busy during the holidays, so openings are more limited. Lastly, you should consider your own levels of activity and visibility during this busy season. While a vacation might allow personal healing time, other people may just be too busy to allow post-surgical healing to go unnoticed. In such cases, you may consider non-surgical treatments, such as injectables, skin resurfacing with lasers and peels, and lip, chin and cheek enhancement with fillers and fat transfer before the holidays. These will allow you to look better through the season, and then you can take your time to make final decisions.

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What does being grateful mean to you?

Thanksgiving Day just passed but hopefully we wake every morning with gratefulness in our
minds and hearts. Beyond concerns for my patients’ physical health and appearance, I also
care about their inner peace and purest beauty that comes from within. I would like to
dedicate my column today to a few favorite quotes that remind me of the true meaning of
being thankful.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not
to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. – Maya Angelou

Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude. –  Amy
Leigh Mercree

Not what we say about our blessing, but how we use them, is the true measure of our
Thanksgiving. – W.T. Purkiser

Thanks are the highest form of thought, and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
– G.K. Chesterton

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse
to express that feeling. – Henry Van Dyke

We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.
– Neal A. Maxwell

Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every
pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song. – Konrad Von Gesner

The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.
– Norman Vincent Peale