The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a big one, involving an evaluation of your body, a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon, and a culmination of many thoughts and desires you have about your body. You may even consider the opinions of friends or loved ones. However, if you decide on your own to undergo a cosmetic procedure, you may find mixed reactions when telling the people closest to you.
Your decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is yours alone, but telling your partner is important. You’re altering your body in some manner, and he or she will likely notice the time you take for recovery as well as the changes immediately after the procedure. Some partners can feel uncomfortable about the changes and some may embrace them wholeheartedly. It’s your body and it’s your decision, but it’s a good idea to inform your partner of your decision and discuss what it will mean to ensure there are no surprises. Physical and emotional support from your partner during the recovery period will also be especially helpful, especially if there are limitations on your activity or how much you can lift.
Your friends are your confidantes, and you may trust them to the moon and back, but be prepared for some of them to not agree with your decision. When undergoing cosmetic surgery, you are making a decision for you and you alone. However, a friend may not agree with the use of cosmetic surgery to enhance one’s body or may even feel uncomfortable with her body and lash out at you for making the decision to do something about yours. Communicating and telling your friends that you support the decisions they make with their own bodies will show that you are a good friend. If your friends don’t like what you are doing, that’s something you can accept as their own opinions, and let them know you appreciate their honesty.
Informing your children that you are undergoing a procedure can be difficult. You don’t want to scare them, but they will want to know what is going on. Children don’t need to be taken step-by-step through the surgical process, but they do need to understand that a change is being made to your body. It may be best to have a frank, open conversation with children who are older and can understand what cosmetic surgery is and why you are choosing to undergo a procedure. It’s important to also not draw attention to any insecurities or perceived flaws, which can contribute to a negative body image. However, if you can explain why you want the have the procedure and what it will do to help your self-image, it will show your children that this is a healthy decision.
If you’re concerned about how to discuss cosmetic surgery with a loved one or friend, ask your doctor for advice. He or she will be able to offer suggestions from the experience of previous patients. The best time to bring up your concerns is during your consultation with your doctor and the office staff. You can ask any question you want and receive the information you need to feel confident when speaking with those you love.
GLOW Surgical Arts offers a variety of cosmetic surgery and minimally invasive procedures to help you look and feel more attractive. Request a consultation online, or call GLOW Surgical Arts at (650) 241-2209.