It sounds so much more fun to go under the knife when you have the company of a loved one so that you can not only share the experience of the surgery itself, but also recover together and then celebrate the results at the same time. It is very common now to see couples, mother-daughter, sisters, and even friends going for cosmetic surgery together.
While it may be possible to do this in most cases without any problem, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) advises that it is important to weigh the risks and benefits of any aesthetic procedure, as well as choosing the surgeon, and setting that are right for you. There are benefits to coming in for a consultation with a loved one, but decisions about individual surgeries should only be made by the person who is going to undergo the procedure. Additionally, couples who are both undergoing procedures should time their surgeries so that the other person can be available to care for their partner when they have surgery.
“Couples that come in together for a consultation can learn about all of the factors involved in elective surgery and can learn how to care for each other during recovery. However, we need to remind people that aesthetic surgery should never be given as a ‘surprise gift,'” said Julius Few, MD, Chair of the Public Education Committee. “Those who are thinking of buying each other aesthetic procedures for the holidays or any occasion should be aware that these procedures require careful consideration by each patient who is going to receive the surgery. This can be a wonderful gift to give each other, but it requires the input and careful consideration of both patients.”
Other important things to consider
- The idea for plastic surgery should come from the person who intends to have it, not from a spouse, relative or friend.
- Plastic surgery takes planning. If you expect to give or receive a “gift” of plastic surgery, make sure that everyone involved does their homework well ahead of time. A self-motivated, well-informed patient is more likely to be a satisfied patient.
- Patients should discuss risks, benefits, expectations, and desires with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Surgery should be performed at an accredited surgical facility.
- Not all patients are good candidates for all procedures. Patients need to be evaluated by a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if they are an appropriate candidate for a particular procedure.