There is a certain social etiquette that goes along with plastic surgery. Although some people may not have had open minds about these cosmetic alterations in the past, plastic surgery is now becoming mainstream. It is not something reserved for celebrities. If you have decided that surgery is an option for you, you may begin to wonder how to tell people or if you should tell them at all.
It is still considered socially taboo to come right out and ask someone if they “had work done”. This will generally leave the choice of “to tell or not to tell” in your own hands. Many people are comfortable telling their immediate family. Some others may branch out a bit further and let a few close friends in on their secret. Others, still, may scream of their successful surgery from the rooftops. For many people, cosmetic surgery is no more a body modification than, say, a tattoo. For others, it may be an extreme change that they would rather keep private.
At the end of the day, it’s your choice. If you do decide to tell, though, here are some tips:
- Only tell those you are comfortable with. It is not your obligation to tell your whole office that you had a nose job or a butt lift. No matter what decade it is, there will always be some people who view plastic surgery differently than you might. A few of the nosier (no pun intended) individuals may even come right out and ask you; again, you’re not obligated to answer. Feel free to tell them the truth if you’re comfortable. If you’d rather not, leave them with a shrug (or maybe a wink if you’re so inclined) and walk away.
- Learn how to cope with the reactions that are to come. Depending on the surgery you have, it may be hard to hide the fact that you had something changed. And, again, depending on the surgery you have, you may be met with considerably different reactions. A nose job and breast implants are both examples of a change that may be hard to miss; however, they will both likely warrant much different reactions. Be prepared, be assertive, and let any negativity slide off your back.
- Confidence! You are happy with your decision and you shouldn’t feel ashamed for doing something for yourself. Hold onto that confidence. Especially if you don’t necessarily want everyone to know about your surgery; a face lift may not be that obvious but acting awkward like you’re trying to hide something And if you’re truly nervous and need a little boost, think about adding a distraction to get you through that first meeting. A new attention-drawing outfit may be all you need for that little extra boost.