Mind Your Manners When Discussing Plastic Surgery: Don’t Ask, Do Tell
NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Men and women from a variety of age groups are now opting for cosmetic surgery, says Dr. Scott Zevon, a leading New York plastic surgeon. While the popularity of cosmetic procedures means the stigma once associated with them is largely gone, post-procedure changes in appearance can still lead to uncomfortable conversations.
When discussing plastic surgery, Dr. Zevon advises, take the lead only if you’re the one who’s had a procedure done. “By opening the conversation, you can let friends and family members know that you’re comfortable talking about the procedure.” On the other hand, if you suspect an acquaintance has had a procedure, offer only words of support.
Sharing information about your new look before being asked gives people around you cues, helping them know how to react, says Dr. Zevon. Being proud of your choice and appearance lets others know they can be enthusiastic about any changes you reveal. Still, patients should be prepared for a range of reactions, as not everyone will be tactful about your cosmetic surgery.
Some patients who’ve undergone a change may wish to keep their procedure private. People can deflect attention away from a surgical result by updating their makeup, adopting a new hairstyle, or refreshing their wardrobe at the same time. People noticing a change in appearance will be less likely to assume it was due to a surgical procedure. Letting friends believe that the change is due to circumstances, such as weight loss, a long vacation, or new products, is an acceptable way to guard one’s privacy.
When noticing a change in another’s appearance, the best approach is not to ask–and to limit comments to those offering support. “You look great,” is an appropriate way to encourage dialogue without prying. This allows the person in question to choose whether or not to reveal more information about their new look. Asking about a cosmetic procedure without letting the person reveal it first is going too far, and puts both parties in an awkward situation.
Deciding whether or not to reveal a recent procedure is a personal decision, and one only the patient can make. The bottom line: If you’ve had a procedure, don’t feel obligated to share it unless you are comfortable. And if you suspect a friend has had one, wait for him or her to confide in you.
About Central Park Plastic Surgery: Scott J. Zevon, MD, FACS, has been featured in New York Magazine as one of the Best Doctors in New York and is listed in the Castle Connolly directory Best Doctors in New York. The Central Park Plastic Surgery offices and AAAASF-accredited ambulatory surgical facility is located at 75 Central Park West, New York, New York 10023. He can be reached by phone at 212-496-6600 or at http://www.drzevon.com.
Mary Monahan, 212-496-6600, http://www.drzevon.com
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SOURCE Dr. Scott Zevon