As the Christmas holiday approaches, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons has seen a spike in cosmetic surgery procedures, according to a story in the Herald Sun.
Since the holiday season is often an artificial deadline for some people, says Peter Callahan, the president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, people are increasingly checking cosmetic surgeries off their to-do lists.
The most popular treatments this time of year for Aussies are breast augmentation, various fillers, like Restylane, available in the US, and anti-wrinkle treatments, like Botox.
According to cosmetic surgeon Anoop Rastogi, the boom in procedures lasts from September to February, during which time Rastogi says he performs twice the amount of breast augmentations for the rest of the year combined.
Another in-demand procedure is rhinoplasty, often selected by students preparing to attend university.
Despite the popularity of many cosmetic procedures around the holidays, Rastogi warns against giving the gift of a new face or body. Rastogi says the patient should be electing to go under the knife because they want to, not because a loved one encouraged them to.
As with cosmetic surgeries performed year-round, Rostagi stresses the importance of finding a qualified surgeon and having realistic expectations about the outcome.
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