Plastic Surgery Etiquette

Three ladies in bikinis at the beachPlastic surgery has become increasingly common in the past few years. From tummy tucks to breast implants and Botox injections, chances are you know someone who has undergone some type of cosmetic procedure.

With the increased popularity of plastic surgery comes the increased likelihood that you will find yourself in a situation where you’ll have to react to a person’s new look. Sometimes it’s difficult to know exactly how to react or address the individual’s new appearance. Understanding general plastic surgery etiquette can help to make the situation much more comfortable for everyone involved.

How To React to Someone’s Plastic Surgery

There are a variety of different situations that may arise when it comes to interacting with individuals who have recently had plastic surgery. Each situation will be handled a bit differently depending on the circumstances.

If the Person Mentioned They Would Be Undergoing Plastic Surgery

There are a number myths, stereotypes and misconceptions related to plastic surgery. As a result, it’s important to keep an open mind when discussing surgical cosmetic procedures. If a friend or coworker opens up to you about their decision to undergo plastic surgery, remain neutral and try to be supportive and optimistic. The choice to have plastic surgery is a very personal decision and it’s important to respect that decision.

If someone has told you about their decision to have plastic surgery before the procedure, it’s perfectly acceptable to tactfully compliment them when you see them afterwards, alluding to the surgical procedure if appropriate. Saying something like “You look fantastic! Are you happy with the results of your procedure?” is often a good option. Going with a more general compliment such as, “You look beautiful today” is also appropriate.

If the Person Did Not Mention They Would Be Undergoing Plastic Surgery

When someone you know shows up looking inexplicably different, it can be tempting to ask whether they’ve had plastic surgery. While it’s typically viewed as bad manners to ask them outright about their decision to undergo plastic surgery, it’s fine to make a vague compliment such as “You look great lately!” or “You look so refreshed.” This type of comment will boost the person’s self-esteem and may even open the door for a conversation about their recent cosmetic procedure.

Keep in mind that if you don’t feel comfortable making a comment, don’t feel obligated to! Though not addressing a person’s new appearance may indicate to the individual that you did not notice the change – which may be somewhat disappointing to someone who has gone out of their way to enhance their look – it will also help you to avoid inadvertently insulting the individual by being unsure of what to say.

Knowing How to Compliment Someone’s Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is about feeling confident and comfortable in one’s own skin. Whether you knew about the surgery ahead of time or you’re surprised by an individual’s new look, the key to making everyone comfortable during post-surgery encounters is understanding general plastic surgery etiquette and acting respectfully. Offer compliments when appropriate and always be courteous and conscientious in your interactions.

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