Look what they want for Christmas down under this year! Article by the Herald Sun in Australia. View the original article here >
FORGET perfume and jewellery - gift vouchers for Botox and lip fillers are shaping up as a popular gift to find under the tree this Christmas.
Cosmetic surgeon Georgina Konrat from Brisbane Cosmetic Clinic at Annerley said people had already started buying the vouchers for family and friends.
''Oh gosh yes, that started a good six weeks ago. People are buying Botox and lip sculptures,'' she said.
''Girls and husbands buy for their girlfriends and wives.''
Dr Konrat said the lip filler was particularly popular and seemed less scary for some.
Dr Konrat said many of the vouchers were for ``first timers'', although she would never force someone to stick to the procedure written on the voucher.
''The odd very generous person will buy a gift voucher for a new pair of breasts. Not regularly, but it does happen,'' she said.
Dr Konrat said her clients range from 19-year-old "preventers'' to women over 50.
Sally Scanlan from Clinic Aesthetic at South Brisbane agreed people had bought vouchers for Botox and fillers.
She said some people turned up for their first time after having been given a gift voucher but no-one was ever forced to go through with the procedure.
''We're booked out weeks in advance for Botox and fillers particularly around this time of year. ,'' she said.
AMA Queensland president Dr Alex Markwell said anyone considering cosmetic procedures or surgery should do thorough research to ensure they understand all the potential risks and complications.
''It is also a good idea to check the credentials of the practitioner to ensure they are adequately trained. Anyone thinking about having an elective or cosmetic procedure should seek advice from their GP," he said.