Family is like the lighthouse we search for in a storm. Family is the anchor that keeps our ship docked. We need them. We love them. We look to them for guidance. They provide support in times of struggle, but sometimes admitting we need them is hard. If you’re considering having plastic surgery, then you may be wondering about how or if you should tell your family. This may seem like a daunting task. Will they disapprove? Will they question your decisions?
Your family loves you and thinks you’re perfect the way you are, so they might not be initially supportive, but it’s important to be up front and honest with them. You will need your family’s support following plastic surgery. You may need them physically during your time of recovery, or you may need them emotionally as you move forward following your decision. Either way, one of the top-rated female plastic surgeons in Manhattan, Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, wants to help you figure out the best way to tell your friends and families about your choice to have plastic surgery.
- Self-esteem: You’re considering plastic surgery because you’re unhappy with something about yourself. Your self-esteem is important. The professionals at Preminger Plastic Surgery understand your struggle with self-confidence. Explain to your family the ways that the faults you see are affecting you. Communicate your feelings about how this procedure could help you socially, professionally, and personally. Your family will understand your struggle, too. They want what’s best for you; you just have to show them how this is what’s best for you.
- Medical need: Maybe your cosmetic surgery isn’t a perceived flaw. If you’re having a procedure done to heal an ailment, your family is much more likely to change any negative tune they were singing. For example, if you’re having breast reconstruction following cancer treatment, no family member is going to question your motives.
- Appearance: A substantial appearance change can be the most complicated to explain, especially when you’re explaining it to a significant other or family members. A procedure such as a breast augmentation is ultimately your decision, but don’t hesitate to take the time to help them understand your needs, while you should also hear out their concerns. There’s no “I” in team, and you should make sure that you enter any plastic surgery procedure as a team with your supporting family.
- Timing: Timing is everything. You should set aside time where you can speak to your loved ones in a relaxing, private situation. Having a sensitive and often private conversation about a topic like cosmetic surgery in a public setting like a restaurant can be uncomfortable for your loved ones. Don’t overwhelm yourself, either. Make decisions about when you’ll meet, how you’d like to broach the subject, and who you’d like to tell. Some people prefer to tell their family all at once. Others have this type of conversation only with certain members individually. No one knows your family better than you. So, it’s up to you to decide how to have the conversation.
Plastic Surgery in Manhattan
Dr. Preminger is experienced in handling this situation. She deals with people who want plastic surgery every day, so talk with her about it at your consultation. Knowledge is a key way to comfort your family. If you can answer their questions, and put at bay their concerns, they’re much more likely to broaden their horizons and accept your decision. If you still want advice about talking to your family and you are located in the areas near the Upper East Side of Manhattan or New York City, contact Preminger Plastic Surgery today at (212) 706-1900.