If your loved one has ever expressed interest in a “nose job” (rhinoplasty) or you feel that he or she could benefit from nasal surgery, you may be wondering if paying for surgery is a thoughtful and appropriate gift, especially as the holidays approach. Unfortunately, plastic surgery is a very tricky gift to give correctly, and many factors go into whether or not it is a good idea to go ahead with the plan. If you are trying to make this difficult decision, take some time to consider the following factors before you move forward. Slow down and consider the risks of your decision.
Forget Your Feelings
Plastic surgery should never be about anyone other than the patient. If your loved one has never expressed an interest in plastic surgery, it is not in any way your place to suggest the idea through gifting a procedure. Plastic surgery is extremely personal, and rhinoplasty will lead to huge changes in the entire face and can cause dramatic positive or negative reactions in the patient, even when he or she feels fully prepared for the changes that will follow the surgery. Do not consider the gift of rhinoplasty unless you are sure the receiver is very interested in the procedure for his or her own personal reasons. Peer pressure does not lead to happy patients and good outcomes!
Consider Their Readiness
If you are considering rhinoplasty for your teenager or someone else who may lack the physical and emotional maturity to undergo the procedure, be cautious about what you will be proposing. Aside from this, ask yourself if this is a good time for this person to consider rhinoplasty. Do they have a big event coming up in a year or so? Are they healthy enough to undergo elective surgery? Do they already have a lot going on in their life?
If you would like to give the gift of plastic surgery, you should be tactful in how you present the gift. Many people get embarrassed by such a gesture, even if rhinoplasty is something they have always wanted. Present the gift in private, and do not get offended if your loved one gets upset or rejects your gift. Rhinoplasty is a big undertaking, and no one should make the decision lightly.
Forget the Surprise
Surprising someone with a rhinoplasty gift is not a good way to go about things. The person receiving the gift should do research on the procedure and be allowed to select the surgeon. This process can take quite a long time, and skipping the research step can prove disastrous for the patient.
You may think rhinoplasty is a great gift, but you may not realize just how expensive the surgery can be. Depending on the area, the cost can range from five to ten thousand dollars or higher. Due to the complexity of rhinoplasty, it is not recommended to entrust the surgery to an inexperienced or budget surgeon. Make sure you understand the financial implications of the surgery before you get excited about the gift you want to give, including all fees. Don’t let your loved one get stuck with an unexpected anesthesia or facility fee that you didn’t know about. Furthermore, since rhinoplasty can result in an outcome requiring revision, consider whether you would be willing or able to help with the revision rhinoplasty surgery bill in the event of an unfortunate scenario in which your loved one requires a second surgery.
A Lengthy Process
Rhinoplasty research can take quite a while, as can consultations. Gifting someone with rhinoplasty correctly is a lengthy process that can require a great deal of patience.
The Surgery Itself
Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular and complex facial surgeries available. It is quite an invasive procedure, requiring downtime of 7-10 days following surgery. The final shape of the nose will not settle for 6-18 months. The patient will need someone to look after him or her during the first few days. Giving someone the gift of major surgery is a big deal, and you should be invested in your loved one’s outcome and help them recover.
When the Gift of Rhinoplasty is Not Appropriate
In many cases, rhinoplasty is simply not an appropriate gift. If you have any doubts, do not move forward unless you are sure the gift will be appropriate and well-received. If your loved one wants a nose job but you cannot afford to pay for the full procedure, you might consider contributing to the cause as your gift. Rhinoplasty is an expensive surgery, and any contribution will help.
Choosing a Surgeon
If you do decide to pay for someone’s rhinoplasty procedure, it can be tempting to control the entire process. It is important, however, to remember that what is most important is that the patient is comfortable and trusts the surgeon. Only consult with experienced facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery to help ensure superior results. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Bentkover’s credentials, experience, and rhinoplasty results, visit the About Dr. Bentkover page. To schedule a consultation at Dr. Bentkover’s Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033) facilities, call our offices today.