Is a Cosmetic Procedure the Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift?

JenforReal on 11 Feb 2014 at 9:00am

During the recent holiday season, many media outlets reported on the growth of giving plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures as gifts, but we wondered, what about Valentine’s Day?

Is gifting a cosmetic procedure to the one you love the ultimate in romantic gift giving or is it downright offensive?

While we generally wouldn’t recommend giving this gift unless it was (explicitly!) asked for, in a general consumer survey of women between 25-44, 48% of respondents said receiving the gift of a cosmetic procedure would NOT offend them, with 30% reporting they WOULD be offended if they received it from a romantic partner, friend or family member.

A poll of registered RealSelf users found that, out of those who had previously received a procedure as a gift, 75% received it from their romantic partner or spouse.

So RealSelf asked our doctor community — do they see an increase in gift giving around Valentine’s Day? What gifts are the most romantic?

Board certified dermatologist, Dr. Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, reports that gift certificates are indeed a popular choice for Valentine’s Day, also observing an increase in couples’ treatments—a romantic bonding experience.

Dr. Richard W. Fleming, board certified Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon, also notes an uptick in gifts timed to the day of love, but finds that patients visit his practice in advance of the holiday—opting for fillers, Botox, and chemical peels. With almost no downtime, both single and attached patients use these non-invasive procedures to look their best for the big day.

Dr. Fleming does recommend proceeding with caution, noting that if given as a surprise gift or in a new relationship, the gift could be taken the wrong way.