Summary: It seems like celebrities are always getting “caught” with a plastic surgery procedure or cosmetic change. Of course, that always assumes they were hiding something in the first place. In any case, it got us thinking about how you might be able to hide your plastic surgery procedure from the ever-more-watchful public. Because let’s face it, everyone’s looking at your Facebook these days, and sometimes you don’t want the world to know about your procedure.
The Best Way to Hide Your Plastic Surgery
Snooki recently shared a post on Instagram, and the internet went crazy with plastic surgery rumors. Apparently, in the image that was posted Snooki’s face looked a little different than usual. It’s possible that she got her lips augmented or had an injectable procedure. It’s also possible that she just lost a little weight.
Either way, the rumors are swirling and there’s plenty of discussion. That’s not terribly different from the way that many celebrities are treated: any change in the face or the body and the immediate assumption is plastic surgery. (It’s important to note, of course, that bodies change over time.)
But it got me thinking. Celebrities aren’t the only ones with social media accounts. Celebrities aren’t the only ones who take photos of themselves. In fact, we share more now than ever. So how can you hide your plastic surgery if you want to?
Can You Just Avoid Social Media?
Your first thought might be the most simple and direct way to hide your plastic surgery results: avoid social media. If you aren’t exactly an avid social media user now, this might actually be a pretty good strategy. However, if you go from posting three times a day across several different platforms to putting out nothing—people might start to wonder.
There are a couple of ways to get around this. The first is pretty simple: just change what you post about. Instead of posting pictures of yourself, post pictures of your dog playing with a toy or your kids in school or the people you work with or a night out. It doesn’t matter. Most people won’t see that type of activity as anything other than normal.
Your second option is to get a little more complicated and plan your posts out ahead of time. There are many services that let you create posts in advance and the select a date to post them. This may seem like a lot of work and planning—but it can definitely help you avoid a host of uncomfortable questions you really just don’t want to answer.
What Procedure Did You Undergo?
Of course, how far you’ll have to go to hide your plastic surgery will largely depend on the procedure you had performed. For example, the steps you take to hide a breast augmentation will be different than the steps you take to hide a facelift. And, of course, it’s pretty easy to hide something like a tummy tuck as long as you aren’t at the beach.
In any case, here are a few procedure specific strategies for hiding your procedure on social media:
- Breast Augmentation: Focus on pictures of your face (obviously), and wear loose fitting clothing for a while. Once you’re ready to show off, you can definitely do that. It will look more natural if there aren’t any specific side-by-sides.
- Facelift: This one can be a bit trickier. Once your surgeon says you can use makeup, you can definitely start to hide any bruising or scarring—but only once your surgeon says you can use makeup. Until then, try adjusting the lighting (dark) or simply avoid taking photos of your face. You can also start wearing more makeup in the run up to your procedure, so there’s less of a noticeable before/after that people can point to.
- Liposuction: This one is pretty easy to explain: you never even have to tell people you’ve had liposuction if you want. Just put a couple of “gym selfies” up and let people draw their own conclusions.
- Gynecomastia: This advice isn’t just for women, obviously! Men who have gotten gynecomastia treatment can do the same thing—the more natural their results appear, the easier it will be able to “hide.” Really, that means passing off the procedure as natural. Whether that means weight loss or exercise or something else, it’s easy to let people come to their own conclusions.
You Control Your Story
When it comes right down to it, your plastic surgery story is your business and no one else’s. That means that you get to share it only if and when you’re ready. What I mean by that is that this advice isn’t meant to encourage you to hide your results or treat plastic surgery as some kind of deep shame.
Rather, it’s to encourage give you the option to talk about your plastic surgery procedure on your own terms and in your own time. It’s your body and you get to set the agenda.