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Jingle Bells

by | 30th, November 2004

‘TIME was when top of an average German’s Christmas list would have been a traditional wooden toy, a bottle of hair dye or perhaps even Poland.

No more – these days a record number of people are surprising their loved ones by having a lift here, a tuck there or an implant or two.

Liposuction is the most popular procedure, but it is closely followed by breast enlargements – or ”Christmas bells”, as they are known among surgeons.

”I am operating from morning to night,” says Albert Hofmann, president of the German Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

”People want to be able to stand under the Christmas tree with their new car, new living room cabinet and new breasts.

”Last year we had a family who gave their mother a breast enlargement as her Christmas present. I now have a 22 year-old student who is getting the same as a Christmas present from her parents.”

Marita Eisenmann-Klein, vice president of the Association for German Plastic Surgeons, says people could use the Christmas holidays to recover.

”Demand is up to 25 percent higher at Christmas compared with other times of the year,” she said.’



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