Plastic surgery is still a sensitive topic for many, despite the fact that more and more people are electing to undergo treatments to slow down aging or improve their appearance. Because of this, many people who wish to undergo treatments such as rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, or other facial surgery feel uncomfortable confiding in their loved ones, friends, children, and coworkers. Unfortunately, some people are not as respectful and tactful as they should be regarding their loved one’s decisions, which can quickly lead to resentment and hurt feelings. So should you disclose your decision to undergo plastic surgery?
Of course, your decision to tell your friends and family about your procedure will have a great deal to do with your surgery itself. If your surgery is to be a subtle rhinoplasty, the results will be less drastic than a full facelift, and can be glossed over easily. For other surgeries, however, your results will speak for themselves.
Who Should You Tell?
Obviously, there are some people very close to you that should be told about your surgery to avoid having to sneak around and to ensure you have a strong support system following surgery. If you have a partner, naturally you’ll almost always want his or her support in your plans. If you have children, you and your partner will need to make the decision on whether or not to tell them. This may depend on the child’s age, maturity, and other factors.
The Recovery Period
If you decide not to tell the majority of those you know about your procedure, you may need to take extra time to recover, as you will most likely have bruising and swelling for several weeks, depending on the procedure. Don’t rush your recovery, and make sure you feel comfortable before you head back to work or other activities. It’s also a very good idea to have someone you trust on hand during the recovery to help you heal and keep you company.
You Should Never Feel Obligated
You don’t owe anyone an explanation as to why you look different after surgery. If you don’t feel comfortable telling someone you’ve had surgery, then don’t. Try to downplay any changes to your appearance until healing is complete to help avoid questions. You may also decide to not volunteer the information, but answer inquiries about your appearance honestly.
If You Are Going to Tell
If you decide to tell your loved ones about your upcoming surgery, it’s best to do so well in advance to allow them time to learn about the procedure and how they can support you. In a perfect world, everyone would have an understanding support system to carry them through the surgery and recovery process, but this is often simply not the case. Loved ones can be judgmental, often more so than acquaintances. Explain your reasons for undergoing your procedure, and help them understand that you are doing this to support your own well-being.
It’s Purely Personal
Any decision you make regarding your surgery is just that: YOUR decision. It’s no one else’s business should you decide to go forward with a procedure unless you feel like bringing them into your confidence. If you are comfortable with everyone knowing about your surgery, that is fine too. Go with your gut, do whatever makes you feel at ease, and gauge the potential reactions you’ll get before you decide whom to tell. If you need more information regarding plastic surgery questions make sure you give us a call.
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