Our favorite ridiculous ‘news’ site, The Daily Mail, is running a piece today called “All I Want For Christmas Is A Tummy Tuck,” about how botox and cosmetic surgery are “now topping many women’s gift lists.” Ugh. Can you say bogus trend piece?
Here’s how the Mail article opens:
Bath bubbles and scented candles will simply not do. For a certain type of woman who has everything – including very generous family and friends – plastic surgery could make the ideal present.
It goes on to profile an American woman whose sister bought her botox treatments for Christmas, and … oh, wait, that’s it. One woman. One woman who wanted plastic surgery as a Christmas gift. That hardly seems to constitute evidence that “botox and cosmetic surgery are now topping many women’s gift lists.”
But, but … ABC news “reports that (Orange County California’s) local cosmetic surgeons are doing a busy trade at this time of the year, coping with the Holiday season boom in procedures,” the Mail notes. Which of course says nothing except that people in a certain very image-conscious part of California get a lot of cosmetic surgery this time of year—maybe in preparation for holiday parties or events, maybe because they have time off work, maybe we have no idea why and it doesn’t necessarily mean they were gifted these procedures.
So we’re just gonna go ahead and put the radical idea out there that this is a totally made-up trend. And, also, a terrible idea. Can you imagine getting an unsolicited gift certificate for plastic surgery or botox as a Christmas gift? [Kinda makes that anti-wrinkle cream or gym membership look good...] Maybe for some, nothing says love like, ‘Why, yes, honey I do think you need bigger boobs (a smaller nose/a tighter stomach/less ability to move the muscles in your face), and I’m willing to pay for it.’ But we’d advise against it.