Cupid brings cosmetic surgery
Forget chocolates, teddy bears and jewelry - according to new research, women would like to receive cosmetic procedures from their loved ones this Valentine's Day.
The Good Surgeon Guide recently conducted a poll among women in London, and found that a large majority reacted favorably to the idea of receiving vouchers for plastic surgery on the lovers' holiday. In the poll, they revealed the most coveted operations included dermal fillers, skin peels and lip enhancements. They did not, however, wish to be gifted laser hair removal, skin tightening or leg vein removal from their significant other.
Almost 80 percent of women want Botox
Researchers found that 78 percent of poll participants responded that they would be "impressed" if their loved one gave them a certificate for Botox. Only 7 percent said they would not be pleased while the remaining 15 said they would be mildly pleased. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Botox injections were the most popular nonsurgical procedures in 2012, with more than 3.5 million people receiving the injectable. ASAPS adds that individuals who undergo Botox injections may see a decrease in wrinkles, could see less migraines and may experience more youthful skin. Additionally, patients are not likely to experience downtime directly following the procedure.
As the number of women receiving breast implants continues to rise, individuals looking for unique Valentine's Day gifts may purchase certificates for this type of work. Breast augmentation was the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in 2012, with more than 330,000 operations, according to the ASAPS. According to Culture Map, this type of surgery on Valentine's Day is common, as one local Houston woman surprised her boyfriend with breast implants after he returned from the Navy on Feb. 14, 2013. Some plastic surgeons who notice the rise in women receiving vouchers on the holiday have started to offer discounts and deals for individuals wishing to purchase this type of gift.
Before you buy...
Prior to purchasing a gift certificate for your loved one, it is important to be sure that is what he or she desires. The pros and cons of plastic surgery should be heavily considered before committing to an operation, so buying a surgery without discussing it with your loved one first may lead to unwanted pressure. Additionally, certificates should only be purchased from a board-certified doctor whose experience and skill level match the operation your loved one hopes to receive.