Oh how the world has changed! Back in the day, parents used to buy their graduates luggage, key rings, or books on motivation with advice for their future. The kids with really rich parents might even receive a new car.

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Today, tech savvy parents buy much different gifts. Presents like voice controlled assistants, a music streaming service, or a laptop are the more contemporary items, but what is even more trendy is buying your young adult a visit to a cosmetic surgeon.

Yes, that’s right, the gift that keeps you forever young. The truth is that millennials between the ages of 19 to 34 accounted for 17.6 percent of the total aesthetic procedures performed in 2016. (Statistic from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.)

The basis behind this unique gift giving has more to do with boosting the self-esteem of their kids than vanity. All parents want to help them become confidant and successful adults.

This trend of cosmetic surgery as a graduation gift is outlined by a cosmetic surgeon from New York in the following quote:

Is Plastic Surgery the New Graduation Gift? | Allure

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.

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Social media has had a big impact on people in their 20’s. Everyone sees the flawless celebrities and then they look in the mirror and pick out their own imperfections.

The selfie generation is very educated as to ways they can prevent the unwanted wrinkles, and their job opportunities are also part of the equation. The market is very competitive and millennials are aware of the significance of looking your very best.

The following video highlights a cosmetic surgeon and one of her patients in Utah, which has been dubbed the most vain state in the nation according to a report by Forbes Magazine in 2007. At that time, Utah had almost six plastic surgeons for every 100,000 people, which is 2.5 times the national average.

As of 2016, the number of cosmetic surgeons per capita has continued to grow, and the popularity of these procedures is discussed here:

One of the hottest trends in Utah and all across the country is mommy makeover surgeries, which helps a post-pregnancy mom regain her former physique. It is highly recommended to wait until you are finished having children, but women are going under the knife as young as 24 in an effort to rejuvenate their body.

Women and men are becoming more open about their desire for the fountain of youth. In fact, male cosmetic surgery went up 3% from 2015 to 2016, with nose reshaping being the most popular. Botox injections were by far and away the favorite minimally invasive technique for both sexes.

There is a lot of speculation as to whether it is healthy to have cosmetic surgery at a young age, as 13 to 19 year old’s accounted for almost 230,000 cosmetic procedures in 2016. Being mature enough to understand why they feel the need to change themselves as well as the risks and limitations of corrective surgery is one factor that holds parents back from giving their teen the go ahead.

Choosing a doctor that is experienced in dealing with youth and their needs is also critical, as discussed in the next post:

Teens and Plastic SurgeryYoung girl

It’s also important to choose the right surgeon. A board-certified plastic surgeon can help give a realistic picture of what to expect (board-certified means the doctor has passed a standard exam given by the governing board in his or her specialty). Cosmetic surgeries can also be performed by experienced and board-certified general surgeons, dermatologists, otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat specialists), and opthalmologists (eye doctors).

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Communicating with your children about their concerns with their body and your worries as a parent is more important than anything. If they are being bullied about their appearance, the root of the problem has to be discussed.