Giving plastic surgery procedures gifts for graduation has become increasingly popular in recent years. In many circles it has even replaced cars as the gift of choice. Are these gifts really as bad as everyone is making them out to be?

Why after Graduation?

A plastic surgery procedure is usually simple and uncomplicated, but it is a medical procedure nonetheless. This means that the patent needs time to prepare, and more importantly, time to heal. The two to three months between when high school ends and when college begins is the perfect time to allow for healing. It is also much different than getting a procedure done during the summer between high school years. Rather than garnering reactions from people who have known the patient their entire lives, he or she has the chance to make a good first impression with the boosted self-confidence they’ve gained from their surgery.

Not Just for the Girls

While most plastic surgery gifts are given to female students, there are a growing number of young men who are asking for surgery gift certificates for their graduation present. This provides them with the perfect tools to fix anything in their appearance that has been causing problems with their self esteem and provide them with the clean slate that they need to start their college career on the right foot. Plastic surgeries in men have seen an increase in the last 5 years by over 100%. The most commonly requested procedures are liposuction, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), ear shaping, and breast tissue removal.


Breast implants are among the most common procedures done requested by young women for their graduation presents. Many have spent their high school career ashamed of their small bust, or ridiculed because of their A or B cup bra. Breast implants can be a great way for these otherwise amazing young women to increase their self esteem. It is also a great way to learn responsibility, because implants are a lifetime commitment and depending on the style, they need to be replaced every 10-15 years.

Facial Procedures

After breast implants, facial procedures like rhinoplasty, face lifts, eyelid shaping, and others are very popular with young women. These simple procedures can work wonders on self esteem, as well as giving them an advantage in the business world once they have left college. It is an unfortunate fact that most hiring companies will judge on appearance before they take skills or experience into account. By fixing a problem that is damaging their self esteem, these young women gain a measure of confidence that can help to put them ahead in the ruthless world of business.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Improving appearances isn’t limited to surgeries or injections. Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more and more popular. Having porcelain veneers installed is a quick, easy, and painless way for young graduates to improve their confidence. Veneers are placed over existing teeth and do not even require any anesthesia. A good smile can work wonders on the appearance of a young man or woman who is just beginning to make their way in the world.

Cosmetic surgery gets a lot of bad press, especially when it has been given as a gift for graduation. Instead of focusing on the negativity, people should focus on the fantastic benefits that these procedures can have, especially in terms of confidence and self esteem.

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