A recent article on RealSelf.com broached a very important question— one that we hear frequently at The Langdon Center in Guilford. Specifically, how do you talk to your children about your decision to undergo cosmetic surgery?
Many of our patients come to see us for treatments and procedures that can help restore their pre-pregnancy body, such as laser liposuction, CoolSculpting®, natural breast augmentation, skin tightening on the abdomen with ThermiTight™ and more. Because of this, many of them have young children who they feel will ask questions.
For older women seeking facial rejuvenation such as facelift, neck lift, eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) and more, they often have young grandchildren who are very used to seeing their grandmother a certain way.
Although only a parent can know what is right to discuss with their child, this recent article on the popular website about plastic surgery was enlightening. If you’re wondering how and if you should reveal your cosmetic plans to your child, keep reading.
“I think the right approach is to plainly explain that there was something you were unhappy with and you decided to fix it,” said Dan Ariely, a three-time New York Times bestselling author and Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, who was quoted in the article. “Many parents opt to tell their children when the kids are of a school age and can understand what plastic surgery is. These parents use it as an opportunity to begin a dialogue about how body image and how one looks often affects how one feels.”