Ring in the New Year with plastic surgery

Ring in the New Year with plastic surgery
Ring in the New Year with plastic surgery

Many Americans were hoping to receive a gift certificate for a plastic surgery procedure beneath the Christmas tree this year, and, according to recent reports from women's magazines to major news sites, many of them did. So, when's a better time to use that cherished present than within the first days of the New Year?

As cosmetic surgery gift-giving increases, so are New Year's procedures, TIME magazine reported. Plastic surgeons throughout the nation are seeing an uptick in late December and January appointments as more people trade in their gym memberships for rhinoplasty, injectables or a non-invasive medical-grade peels. 

However, wanting to use up a holiday gift is not the only reason people are rushing to plastic surgery clinics as quickly as they are to the after-Christmas sale rack. There could be a practical angle to it, according to The Wall Street Journal. Many surgical plastic procedures require days or even weeks of recovery, which can be harder to find during the year due to school and work responsibilities. The holiday season gives people a chance to go "underground." 

"People like to hide out while they heal," one New York City-based dermatologist told the news source, adding that laser procedures at her clinic increase from five to 15 during the last week of the year.

Some procedures are also better to tackle during the cold-weather season, such as varicose vein treatment, which requires stockings to be worn for several weeks after the procedure, a plastic surgeon told Hour Detroit magazine. Focusing on treatments such as these in the winter can better prepare patients for the summer, when it's time to strip down to skin-baring clothing. 

But it could also be, simply, that some people want to start the New Year fresh, which for many means with a new nose, enhanced breasts or less weight and firmer skin. 

"We're programmed to feel happy and joyful this time of year," a plastic surgeon in New York told ABC News. "Sometimes people will have a procedure to lift their spirits."