Christmas is Jesus’ birthday and it is a time for giving and receiving; partying and drinking; making up and breaking up and is followed very closely by New Year, which entails much of the same. Through bleary eyes and an empty wallet, the rest of the year is anticipated. One can see the seasonal period is potentially a time for great happiness and stress, both emotionally and financially.
Christmas, unfortunately, can be a battle. It takes organisation, money, energy and commitment. To add to the growing financial and planning pressures, we now, more than ever, want to look good for the festive party season. Looks and appearances are most pertinent during Christmas and this is one of the reasons why the commercialism for Christmas now extends to certain cosmetic procedures.
We all want to look good and feel confident and there are a number of ways of achieving this. For the short-term, we can get our hair done and buy new clothes. It is also becoming increasingly more popular now to have Botox and fillers prior to Christmas, which in my opinion is fine providing the procedure is performed by a skilled and qualified practitioner. However, do not be impulsive. Make sure to do your research properly before agreeing to the procedure.
Some long-term ways to feel and look better include: losing excess weight, keeping fit, having a balanced diet, enjoying your job, getting on with your partner, strategies to cope with stress and at the bottom of this list, cosmetic surgery.
Cosmetic surgery is not just for Christmas! For cosmetic operations such as rhinoplasties (nose jobs), facelifts, lower lid blepharoplasties, tummy tucks and liposuction, the final outcome can take weeks and sometimes months to achieve. While the removal of lumps and bumps, lipofilling, breast augmentation, upper eyelid blepharoplasties, otoplasties (ear jobs), have immediate results, the healing period is crucial. Therefore, a stress-free period of rest with social support is very important, making Christmas a less than ideal time for recovery. However, if you are able to plan your recovery time over the festive season, it is not necessarily a bad time.
Finally, cosmetic procedures are often given as gifts for Christmas and this can be taken in two ways. If it is a true gift, because you have wanted and asked for this, then you have a good friend who has given you the resources to seek to advise. However, make sure that it is not a suggestion from a friend that you need cosmetic surgery. This is a personal matter for you and no one else.