Cars, clothes, electronics…tummy tucks? In recent years, plastic surgeons have seen a burst of activity before the holiday season. While there are plenty of viable explanations for this Christmas Miracle, one thing has become extremely clear: Santa’s elves aren’t the only ones with lots to do during the holidays.
According to a 2011 Wall Street Journal article, December is the busiest month for many plastic surgeons - some say they do nearly double the amount of procedures on any given day during the month. With a hectic mix of holiday parties, year-end conferences, and the often-dreaded high school reunion, individuals are turning to cosmetic surgery as a way to improve their outward appearance and bolster their self-confidence.
One reason the holiday season is so popular for treatment: people are using the extended breaks to rest and recover before seeing their families or friends. "People like to hide out while they heal," says Debra Jaliman, a dermatologist in New York City.
Although procedures such as rhinoplasty, eyelid treatments, and botox are extremely popular during the holiday season, non-surgical fat removal has become a popular alternative for those unwilling to go under the knife. The gifting of cosmetic procedures is growing each year as well: the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports that demand for surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures jumps about 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. This trend indicates that both men and women are cashing in on early Christmas gifts in order to put their best foot (or face?) forward for the holidays.
Whether the procedures are for you or your loved one, you aren’t alone: "There is a trend of more surgery during this time of year," said Dr. Suzanne Yee, a cosmetic surgeon out of Little Rock "We have trends of increasing surgery during the holidays because a lot of people are off from work during the holiday season, kids are off from school, and also if you're trying to have you insurance pay for some of your surgery, your deductibles are coming up."
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Dr. Mark Schusterman and Dr. Sanaz Harirchian
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