21 December 2010

The approach of the festive season has seen a rise in the number of people buying cosmetic surgery gift vouchers. The number of people choosing to give their loved ones the opportunity to choose a cosmetic procedure or non surgical solutions as a Christmas gift appears to be on the rise, with recent figures from The Harley Medical Group showing a 200 per cent rise in year-on-year sales of gift vouchers.The cosmetic surgery provider also revealed that Botox and dermal fillers were topping Christmas wish lists this year, as well as skin care products, with many thinking about improving their looks in the face of inclement weather. Liz Dale, Director at The Harley Medical Group said: "Many patients are favouring the non-surgical gift vouchers over 'traditional' beauty gift vouchers as the effects are longer lasting so they feel they are getting more bang for their buck. "A lot of people are also visiting us to enquire about treatments which help tackle the harsh effects of the cold weather, which can play havoc with the skin. Couple this with the busy build-up to Christmas, leaving people looking forward to relaxing and pampering themselves in the New Year." Recent news that music mogul Simon Cowell gifted Botox vouchers to his fellow X Factor judges when celebrating the end of the season is also likely to have an effect on the number of vouchers sold, as awareness of the products are sure to be raised among the general public - who may not have previously realised they existed.