If you’re considering getting breast implants, you may feel uncertain about how to bring up the topic with your friends and family. While some loved ones may be just as thrilled about your decision as you are, others can be less supportive. Here are three helpful tips for talking about breast implants.
1. Keep an Open Mind
While you’re probably hoping that your loved ones can be open minded about your decision, be sure to keep an open mind yourself as well. Some people may simply not react positively through no fault of your own. Try not to take any negative reactions personally, and remember that some people in your life may simply need some time to become accustomed to the idea of breast implants.
2. Have Facts Ready
Before breaking the news to anyone, do your research. You can even schedule a consultation with your surgeon prior to informing your loved ones. This can help ensure that you know the facts about breast implants and are in a position to make an informed decision about your surgery. Bear in mind that breast augmentation is not only a cosmetic enhancement, but a full surgery performed under anesthesia, and this may make your loved ones nervous unless you demonstrate that you’ve done your homework.
3. Remember that Breast Implants Are Your Decision
Ultimately, the decision to get breast implants should be yours alone. Despite what others may say or think, be sure that your choice to get breast implants is made for the right reasons. Many women may be surprised by how supportive friends and family can be about getting breast implants, especially after they’ve had a moment to get used to the idea.
4. Remind Significant Others That This Is Important to You
Close friends and relatives may think that they are looking out for your best interests and are expressing their opinions out of a great fear for your safety or worries about your motivations. Popular media reports about plastic surgery gone wrong or botched surgery may be the cause of their anxiety. It is important to thank them for their concerns but remind them that you are proceeding after reviewing the risks, alternatives and benefits of the surgery. Some may feel that you may be seeking an unnatural appearance. Discussing your goals, if you desire, may put them at ease.
Otto J. Placik, M.D. received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery. He completed a fellowship in the aesthetic reconstruction of complex nasal and facial deformities at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago and an additional fellowship in microvascular and hand surgery at Davies Medical Center, an affiliate of the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Placik is certified as a diplomate by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is an active member of several local and national professional organizations. Dr. Placik is a member of the Northwestern University Division of Plastic Surgery Teaching Staff. He holds an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic) at Northwestern University Medical School.