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Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatments: To Tell or Not to Tell?

When to talk about plastic surgery? Advice for our Albany patients.

If you’ve had your eyes on the headlines recently, it’s likely you’ve noticed an increasing number of celebrities being upfront and owning their cosmetic enhancements. We think this is really exciting.

Celebrities like Bethenny Frankel and Iggy Azalea who decide to talk freely and openly about their BOTOX® Cosmetic injections or breast augmentation procedures are breaking down barriers. You might say they’re normalizing plastic surgery — but then again, there were 15.9 million cosmetic procedures in the United States last year alone, so it’s pretty normal to those folks.

What celebrities are doing is making it easier for our liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and other Saratoga Springs and Albany patients to feel comfortable talking about their own plastic surgery procedures and treatments. And that’s worth celebrating.

Still, we understand why some patients decide to be discreet, as opening up about surgical and nonsurgical treatments is an incredibly personal decision. Even so, there are a few reasons we hope you’ll want to share your experience:

  1. The Investment. Cosmetic enhancement, whether surgical or nonsurgical, is an investment in your future. For most patients, discussing the financial impact with a loved one is appropriate before making a commitment. In addition, there is the time commitment involved in getting back to your old self, especially with surgical procedures. Having a supportive friend or family member there during your procedure — and throughout the recovery — will make the process much more manageable.
  1. The Results. While you might not be ready to Snapchat your treatment (even though reality stars Snooki and Kendra Wilkinson did), or write a tell-all about your tummy tuck, we hope you feel proud of the decision you’ve made to invest in yourself — proud enough to show off your results.
  1. The Impact. In years past, the plastic surgery industry was viewed as “superficial” or “unnecessary.” But there’s a real effect on your self-esteem and confidence when you decide to undergo a procedure. It’s empowering. Looking to a board-certified plastic surgeon for a little help here and there is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, and we happen to think that taking care of yourself can have a ripple effect in other aspects of your life.

Again, the decision to disclose information about a treatment is personal and often sensitive for many patients. Regardless of what others think, you should make the decision for you and only you. In the end, we hope you feel so confident in your choice that you’ll want to tell the world (or at least your family) in the future.

In the meantime, the secret is safe with us.

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