Summary: When it comes to talking to your family about plastic surgery, we all probably take different approaches. There’s no one right way to do this thing. Some may prefer not to discuss matters with their family at all. But there are advantages to transparency and communication. There are also some strategies for talking about these topics with your family.
Should You Talk to Your Family About Plastic Surgery?
Talking to your family about plastic surgery procedures can be a difficult task, especially if they aren’t all that familiar with what modern plastic surgeons can do. That’s largely because plastic surgery is still coping with a difficult reputation. Sure, all of us in the marketing and fan-based circles know the amazing results that are possible.
But many people still cling to a notion of plastic surgery as somehow excessive or shallow. That’s because it’s an elective procedures and there are, indeed, risks associated with every surgery. Plastic surgeons have gotten amazingly good at minimizing those risks, and patients that want plastic surgery are almost always thrilled with the results.
The decision to undergo plastic surgery is a personal one, sometimes deeply so. Once that decision is made, talking to your family about plastic surgery is often the next step. The support and help that your family provides will be exceptionally valuable after your procedure.
How to Talk About Plastic Surgery
There are several reasons why you might not be looking forward to talking about a plastic surgery procedure:
- Sensitive areas: In some cases, your plastic surgery procedure might involve some sensitive areas. Breast enhancement or vaginal rejuvenation might not be the easiest topics to discuss with your family. But these are medical procedures and you should be able to talk about them honestly and openly.
- Shallow perceptions: In other cases, plastic surgery might be hard to talk about because you don’t want to be perceived as being shallow. The truth is that most plastic surgery patients are actually addressing something that has been causing feels of self-consciousness for quite some time.
- Admitting weakness: And those feelings of self-consciousness can be quite difficult to admit. Some may feel that admitting to plastic surgery is admitting to a very specific kind of weakness. Still, everyone is self-conscious about something, so patients should feel comfortable coming forward to their families.
What Happens When Your Family Does Not Agree?
Most surgeons are only going to be interested in one thing: do you want this procedure or not? If you want a breast augmentation or a tummy tuck, the only opinion that truly matters is yours (of course, the doc’s opinion is important too—but that’s a medical opinion). That can make it a little difficult or awkward when your family or friends don’t agree with your course of action.
The best thing to do in these situations is often pretty simple: explain your reasons as calmly as you can and then give the topic some space. Unless the conversation is happening the day before your procedure (something we don’t recommend), you’ll be able to talk about it again later, after the surprise has worn off.
Friends and Family Planning
Ultimately, deciding who gets to know about your plastic surgery procedure is up to you. Though there are definitely some advantages to having a wide support group, the final call is yours. That said, when you do have that support group, it might be easier to:
- Get help during your recovery
- Get help with household chores while you recuperate
- Prepare and eat meals immediately after surgery
- Keep up with day to day tasks
- Prepare for your surgery
Plastic surgery usually requires a recovery period. And it’s always better to have help during that recovery period. Depending on the procedure you undergo, your mobility may be curtailed. You may have special care instructions to follow. And you might need assistance getting to and from follow up appointments. Having help during that process can be extremely practical.
There’s also an emotional component to that help. The very fact of having someone along on your journey—someone to assist and accompany you—can be emotionally reassuring. It’s not just the actual, physical help that’s important. The emotional support can be even more important.
Not Every Procedure Warrants Discussion
There are some plastic surgery procedures that will require at least a few discussions. Breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or facelifts, for example, will make bold changes to your body. And you’ll likely need some help with your recovery.
But something like a Botox injection is non-invasive and has no required recovery period (usually). This means that, in most cases, you can keep your Botox treatments as close to the vest as you want.
Most surgeons will encourage their patients to be as transparent and open about things as possible. But they will also understand that you don’t want everyone to know about every medical procedure that’s been performed on you. Ultimately, how much you talk about your plastic surgery is up to you. Talking to your family about plastic surgery isn’t always easy, but it can be helpful in many ways.