Cosmetic Surgery & Treatments Surge During Holiday Season

All I want for Christmas Is… Confidence?

Tis the season for family, friends, celebrating…and apparently… plastic surgery. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), reports that the holiday season is THE time to make a tweak. It’s also the busiest time of year for cosmetic treatments.

Treatments and surgeries increase by about 25% from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, typically among people who want to look great for the party circuit or get ready to face the New Year.
“During this time of year, everyone is more social and are seeing friends and family who they may not see often, says facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edwin Williams, president of the AAFPRS. “There is more pressure to look your best, which is where less invasive procedures fit in.”

Even gifting plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments is becoming a huge trend. Facial plastic surgeons report a rise in people shopping for gift certificates for facial rejuvenation treatments for a spouse, parent, sister or friend.

What’s on the WISH list?

According to Dr. Williams, the most popular cosmetic procedures being gifted this year include rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and injectables like BOTOX® and hyaluronic acid fillers. “For many people, the holidays offer the only time that they can take off from work or school to heal. We are seeing a lot of high school and college students who come in for a rhinoplasty because they have a few weeks at home for the swelling to resolve,” said Dr. Williams.

Another popular gift is minimally invasive treatments like non-surgical fat reduction under the chin and skin resurfacing. Many facial plastic surgeons see their waiting rooms filled with people who want a quick fix to give them a boost at what can be a hectic and stressful time of year.

Please contact Patty Mathews ( – 646.450.5359) for more information or to be connected with an AAFPRS member who can speak to the trend.