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Is plastic surgery the new trending graduation gift?

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10:05 am

Source: (Allure)

Ah, graduation: Flipping that tassel can stir up all sorts of feels. Which is why the milestone has long ushered in a languorous time of self-discovery and reinvention. But, today, it seems, recent grads are more likely to “find themselves” in doctors’ offices than on the road.

“Cosmetic treatments as graduation gifts are definitely on the rise, and in my experience, they’re not without merit,” says New York City dermatologist Shereene Idriss. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, millennials aged 19-34 accounted for 17.6 percent of the total aesthetic procedures performed in 2016.

Underlying the celebratory procedures is an intended confidence boost, she notes, sharing the case of one patient, whose parents gifted him a series of laser treatments to remedy the acne scars that had always held him back socially.

In dermatologist Whitney Bowe’s New York City office, fat-freezing CoolSculpting sessions are a popular present – be it for double chins that have “dramatically affected a child’s self-esteem,” she says, or stubborn body bulges that even a healthy diet and regular exercise can’t bust.

“Modern parents are very open to helping their children feel good about their bodies, especially when the downtime and risks are so minimal, and the results can really increase self-confidence,” she says. MiraDry, a professional energy-based treatment that destroys under-arm sweat glands, is “all the rage” with grads in dermatologist Karyn Grossman’s Santa Monica office, as it saves them from embarrassing pit stains and odor during anxiety-provoking job interviews.