How to Talk to Your Family About Plastic Surgery

How to Talk to Your Family About Plastic Surgery


Plastic surgery can be a difficult topic to discuss with your family. Unlike a seemingly necessary medical surgery, plastic surgery focuses on making you feel good about how you look instead of fixing a medical condition. Because of this factor, many people think that plastic surgery is unnecessary or unnatural. For one, plastic surgery is sometimes medically necessary to repair the structural integrity of a certain part of the body. Second, it is ultimately a personal decision to elect for a plastic surgery procedure, but it may be nice to have the support and understanding of your family.

Everybody is different, but many people consider the support and understanding of their family when making big life decisions. When talking to your family about plastic surgery, keep these things in mind so that you can have a productive and positive discussion on the topic.

Discuss Your Reasons When talking to your family, it’s important to help them understand why you want to get plastic surgery. Although you may not have emergent medical reasons behind your decision, your personal reasons may be just as important. Many people have insecurities or low self-esteem with how a certain body part looks and these feelings can negatively affect their lifestyles and happiness. No matter what your reasons are for plastic surgery, it’s important to discuss it with your loved ones so they understand the situation. Be honest and straightforward about your reasons behind this decision. Your family will likely tell you that you are perfect the way you are or that your insecurities are wrong because you are beautiful – don’t be surprised by this. Although they may not feel your emotions, if you help them understand how your life is impacted, they are more likely to be supportive.

Discuss the Procedure A lot of people do not understand plastic surgery procedures, especially if they haven’t had someone close to them have a similar procedure before. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about plastic surgery and this may impact how your family feels about your desire to get a procedure done. Help them understand what procedure you are getting done and why it’s the best procedure available for you. You may also want to consider having your surgeon speak with your family about the procedure and his or her qualifications and experience in performing the procedure in the past. The more your family knows, the more comfortable and supportive they will be.

Consider Your Approach Talk about your plastic surgery early on so that your family is aware well in advance. It is not a good idea to talk about the surgery right before or after the procedure is done. Although it is your decision to make, it’ll be a smoother process if your family is by your side and supportive.

You may have to have a different approach when talking to different family members. Some family members may be easier to talk to than others. You should consider having different ways of discussing this topic with different people. Talking about intimate plastic surgery procedures or with young children can be a challenge. For intimate procedures or when discussing with children, tell them as much information about the procedure as you feel comfortable with. You will need support before and after your surgery so having loved ones by your side will help you transition better. 

If you are interested in plastic surgery, make sure to find an experienced and reputable surgeon who you can trust with your body. The experts at Atlantic Center of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery have a lot of experience performing plastic surgeries with success. Call (954) 983-1899 today to make an appointment and learn about all the possibilities out there for you.