Hand-in-hand, Florida couples receive cosmetic procedures

Hand-in-hand, Florida couples receive cosmetic procedures
Hand-in-hand, Florida couples receive joint procedures

For those looking to give their significant other an unconventional anniversary gift, his and hers Botox injections might be just the thing. According to The Sun-Sentinel, plastic surgeons in South Florida are seeing an uptick in couples receiving joint plastic surgery procedures, ranging from injectables to body-contouring.

While couples plastic surgery might not be the new dinner date, the increase of body- and skin-enhancing procedures in the U.S., as well as the growing access to these procedures, has helped erase the stigma of both non-invasive and invasive plastic surgery procedures, the news outlet reported. Botox injections are currently the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the U.S., with more than 3 million done in 2012. 

Another reason could be that South Florida residents are more body conscious than many other regions of the country. About 16 percent of plastic surgery procedures are done in the South Atlantic region, while Florida comes in third for the state with the most plastic surgeons per capita, reported KSI.com, using data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Several plastic surgeons told the news source that it's not uncommon for romantic partners to walk through their doors side-by-side and ask for facial fillers, wrinkle reduction or even more invasive operations, such as face-lifts or the removal of male breast tissue. However, one Fort Lauderdale surgeon said that injectables tend to be the most requested procedure by couples.

"It's not very painful - less painful than a massage - so they come to be supportive of each other and give each other feedback about how they look," the plastic surgeon said. "And it's not just straight couples, but gay couples, too, especially gay men."

If you and your significant other are interested in receiving injectables or more invasive surgeries together, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons recommends contacting a board-certified doctor and conducting research beforehand to make sure the treatment is right for you. 

"You can't trivialize plastic surgery like it's a shopping experience," one plastic surgeon told The Sun-Sentinel.