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More patients are seeking cosmetic surgery in the new year

February 20, 2014, 5:40 am

January and February mean New Year’s resolutions, many of which involve looking or feeling your best. Gym memberships skyrocket and there is also a surge in cosmetic procedures. Additionally, at the end of 2013, cosmetic surgery and related procedures became hot ticket holiday gifts. According to ABC News, giving cosmetic surgery as a gift saw a 20 to 35% rise in the 2013 holiday season

Cosmetic surgery as an economic indicator?

Some may cite the increase in cosmetic procedures as evidence of economic recovery, but the majority of the procedures accounting for this spike are minimally invasive and significantly less expensive when compared with popular surgeries such as breast augmentation or rhinoplasty. In fact, rhinoplasty (commonly called a “nose job”) has seen less popularity than in previous years. Consumers cite lack of funds for larger ticket procedures, causing them to look towards less invasive, cheaper options. Botox and other fillers, chemical peels, and laser hair removal were among the most popular, and Botox has steadily risen in popularity over the last few years.

Pre-holiday cosmetic procedures

Holiday-related, non-invasive cosmetic procedures see a 20-30% increase in early December as people begin looking forward to holiday parties. Many seek out procedures early in the month in order to allow for recovery before those parties, so they can look and feel their best when facing their friends and loved ones.

Cosmetic procedures popular after the holidays

More invasive procedures or those with longer recovery periods tend to be more popular after the holidays. Many people take vacations or plan to spend more time at home following the holidays, and this is a convenient time to take advantage of school and work breaks when planning recovery. The holiday parties and events are over, and many feel they have more time to devote to recovery. An added benefit of planning procedures for after the New Year is the ability to plan and recover before warmer weather hits.

Giving cosmetic procedures as a gift

Before giving the gift of cosmetic procedures or surgery, make sure the procedure is wanted by the recipient. In fact, these are gifts that should be given only if the recipient explicitly asks for them. People have a variety of reasons for seeking out cosmetic procedures, but to give such a gift to someone who hasn’t expressed any such interest will not only be embarrassing, but also potentially hurtful.

To learn more about the procedures available for yourself or as a gift for your loved one, call Kansas City Surgical Arts today at 816-286-4126.