Consider this hypothetical situation: A woman thinking about getting a facelift comes to our Albany office and, during her consultation, indicates she hasn’t told anyone — not even her closest friends or family members — about her plans. Surprising? Unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence, even though more people are getting cosmetic procedures than ever before.
A recent poll from RealSelf.com, a widely respected informational website for people considering plastic surgery, revealed that nearly 20% of plastic surgery patients don’t tell anybody about their plans to undergo a cosmetic procedure. That’s 1 out every 5 people making a significant personal decision without discussing it with a close friend, spouse, or family member.
That may surprise you, but remember many women and men considering plastic surgery often lack confidence and believe improving their appearance will translate into greater self-esteem. It’s that same insecurity that sometimes makes people reluctant to talk to anyone about their cosmetic plans.
At The Plastic Surgery Group, we strongly encourage the men and women who come in for a consultation to talk with a trusted friend or family member before making a final decision about plastic surgery. That communication is important because:
- Although the decision to have a cosmetic procedure is ultimately a personal one, having a support system after the surgery is vital.
- Discussing your motivations and goals for plastic surgery may help you better understand whether your expectations are realistic.
- Having the moral support of friends and family prior to your surgery leads to a more positive perspective following the surgery.
In short, plastic surgery performed by a board-certified surgeon is safe and effective, but talking to someone who is close to you first often leads to better physical and emotional results later on.