Breast augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S. In 2018, over 300,000 women chose to enhance their physique and give themselves the body they have always desired. As surgical techniques and safe-practices continue to advance, patients are faced with an unprecedented opportunity to customize their appearances.
Although plastic surgery is rising in popularity, many patients still struggle to broach the topic of their breast augmentation with coworkers, friends, and family. The holidays, in particular, present plenty of opportunities for long-lost relatives and friends to ask nosey questions about your aesthetic procedures. Being prepared mentally and even verbally for these situations can minimize anxiety and help you avoid confrontations.
Here, we offer some handy advice on managing these situations. Just remember that you look stunning, and be pleased that your decision is turning heads.
Face It Head On with Calm Clarity
Remember why you chose to undergo the procedure, and share your reasoning. Should you be challenged, ask the questioner why they hold their stance on breast augmentation. People often simply want to express their opinion. A proper conversation about the topic could require that you know some of the best recent research. You never know, you might help open someone’s mind with a frank but level discussion on physical appearance and confidence.
One handy strategy in any debate or touchy conversation is to let your questioner feel heard. Simply repeat their points to them, starting with, “So you’re saying that . . . “ or “Let me see if I’ve heard you . . . . “ Just the fact that you’ve heard them will get them to back down. Once you’ve taken this step, change the topic or end the conversation. Expressly state, “I understand you don’t agree, but we won’t solve this today. Let’s move on.”
Keep in mind that just because someone keeps asking you questions, you’re not obligated to answer. You don’t have to respond to the pressure. You control what you will and won’t share.
A few Choice Comebacks to Nosey Plastic Surgery Questions
When someone asks if you’ve had work done, say:
“Thank you for noticing,” and then change the topic if you suspect they’re about to unleash on you.
“I’m glad you noticed.”
“Why do you ask?”
When someone asks how much you paid, say:
“My granny told me it was gauche to discuss prices.”
“Half of my rent, but twice yours.”
“HIPAA prevents me from disclosing that.”
When someone asks exactly what you had done, say:
“What haven’t I have done?”
“What exactly do you mean asking something like that?”
“What exactly haven’t you done?”
“Where exactly do you get off asking me that?”
When someone asks, why you’ve had it done, say,
“I thought it was an HOA regulation. You mean it’s not?”
“Because I can.”
The Dodge: Avoid the Situation Altogether
If you think that having this discussion at a big family gathering is just going to be too much, you might consider wearing a loose dress with a sports bra for the occasion.
While this does momentarily defeat the purpose of getting your breast augmentation, it allows you to take control of when you reveal your procedure. It also ensures you can have individual talks with particular people in a more controlled social environment.
More often than not, if you take confidence in your stance and politely listen to the opinions of others, you will have a brief, pleasant conversation.
If you’re still unsure about how to confront this issue, call us at our Fredericksburg VA office on 540 371 7730 or contact us online for a confidential chat and even a practice run through a conversation. We’re here to support your personal decision.