Does Plastic Surgery Make a Good Graduation Gift? [POLL]

K. Mathews on 14 Jun 2012 at 1:00pm

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Want a chin implant with that diploma? Evidently, cosmetic surgery is becoming an increasingly popular graduation gift for young people. The New Jersey News Room reports that the rate of rhinoplasties and breast surgeries among teenagers has increased significantly in the past several years, particularly around graduation. In fact, Dr. Franklin Rose says that the number of appointments he has quadruples during graduation season.

KHOU 11 has also noticed the trend. The station profiled Madison Landis, a high school senior whose parents bought her breast implants as a graduation present. Landis says that she has contemplated the surgery since middle school, and her parents say they are happy to fund the operation to help their daughter become a more confident woman.

Is it appropriate, though, to give this sort of gift to a young person? 

That depends, argues plastic surgeon Dr. David Reath. “The reason graduation time may be a benefit is because it can be a very convenient time to make a change without drawing as much attention to yourself,” he says. “Generally speaking, you’re going to be with different people in college than you were in high school or different people in the workforce than you were in college. So it can be a very opportune time to have something, but the timing in and of itself is not a reason to do something.”

Then there's the final argument - if you're entering the workforce, being more confident in your appearance could help your job search.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.

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Comments (7)

HELLO K. Mathews!
Opinion of such procedures, even if a woman breast implants do not sure it would improve her confidence that a lot depends on if she feels confident on the inside and it depends on the kind of people she is in if they are people that always disparage you, you will feel your confidence will fall
thanks to wonderful article.
HELLO K. Mathews!
I want to express my opinion about breast surgery for women I think that some women it can add confidence and that is why women should not go overboard with these operations,
Thanks for the wonderful article.
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I live by the mantra Sila Hace Feliz which means, If it makes you happy. If my daughter asks for a BA as her graduation gift, I wouldn't mind giving it to her. I think it will be an investment and if it's going to give her self confidence, then why not? I will have strict guidelines though. I will find the best doctor for her even if it means going abroad. My sister just came back from the Philippines to have her BA there and it looks fab! her doctor was Dr. Magallona from Philippine Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and she only had good praises for him. I wouldn't mind giving my daughter her dream boobs and I still have two years to save up for it.
erm, no?
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I think I would just give the money and let the grad decide how they'd best like to use.

I suppose it's all right, but if I were graduating now then I'd much rather have help getting set up in life, whether that's money to pay off student loans or help with a down payment on a home.