Who are you going to tell?

shutterstock_153066533Let’s say you’re going to have cosmetic surgery. Perhaps a facelift or breast augmentation. Who are you going to tell? Your spouse? Your family? Your friends? Or no one at all.

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.

Dr. Moraitis strongly encourages those 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:

• Having the moral support of friends and family, prior to your surgery, leads to a more positive perspective following the surgery.
• Discussing your motivations and goals for plastic surgery may help you better understand whether your expectations are realistic.

Although the decision to have a cosmetic procedure is ultimately a personal one, having a support system after the surgery is vital. In short, cosmetic 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.

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