This time of year, the offices of many cosmetic plastic surgery providers are treating recent high school and college graduates with various plastic surgery procedures, courtesy of parents and grandparents.
A graduation gift of cosmetic plastic surgery is not for vanity’s sake, but to help a high school grad fit in better starting college or for a college grad to have full self-confidence during big league job interviews.
Last year, statistics compiled by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) revealed that millennials aged 19 to 34 accounted for 17.6 percent of cosmetic plastic surgeries during the post-grad season.
For instance, one high school grad was gifted with laser treatments to remove acne scars that caused him to be shy and overly reserved. Other grads tackled double chins and other hard-to-remove body bulges which fall victim to surgery and fat-freezing Cool Sculpting treatments.
(See some neck sculpture before & after pictures.)
But, coast to coast the most popular plastic surgery is rhinoplasty. For one, the early summer months following graduation allow time for complete healing of the newly refashioned nose. Most such patients tell their rhinoplasty surgeons (and gifting relatives) they have been eternally consumed by how their noses look in certain lighting, angles and conditions.
(Read about our permanent, non-surgical nose job.
Yet another popular plastic surgery, especially among high school grads is otoplasty. That surgery moves prominent, stand-out ears back to a more normal position closer to the head.
Actually, another group of students – around age five – receive more otoplasties than high school and college grads combined. Overly prominent, large ears almost guarantee incessant teasing, put-downs and ridicule in first grade and can turn kids off off to schooling and education for life.
(Look at some otoplasty before & after pictures.)
Family doctors, psychologists, leading school administrators and other early childhood professionals back the surgery before such youngsters even start school.
Among many high school and college female grads, both breast reduction and breast augmentation procedures are also commonly done.
As a gift, what could be more valuable and long-lasting than a present which creates new self-confidence and removes lifelong lingering insecurities and nail-biting for those heading into new, adult opportunities and challenges?