Be Discrete with Others Regarding their Plastic Surgery

May 29 2013

Plastic surgery is more popular than ever. With more and more people looking toward cosmetic treatments to help improve the way they look and feel about themselves, the acceptance people have for plastic surgery is also higher than it has ever been. Despite this increased mainstream acceptance, not everyone who has undergone plastic surgery wants to publicize their experiences.

As human beings we have an assortment of social “rules” we follow in our interactions with one another. When we see a change in a person’s appearance, it is only natural to want to comment on the change (especially when it is a positive change). In regards to plastic surgery, it is important to not make assumptions; as to prevent accidentally offending or “outing” anyone.

Talking openly about plastic surgery has become much easier for many people, but it should still be approached with discretion. Before coming right out and asking someone what kind of work they’ve had done, consider these tips for broaching the subject of plastic surgery with people:

    • AIR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION: While you may be convinced that a person has gone through a tummy tuck procedure or had eyelid surgery, unless you have been explicitly told about the procedure, air on the side of caution. Tell the person how good they look and ask what their secret is. If they are comfortable talking about their plastic surgery procedure, they’ll share their experience and open the door to questions about their personal journey. If they do not come forth with information, it might mean they would rather keep their plastic surgery experience to themselves.
    • THEY ARE A PERSON FIRST: Even with people who have been upfront about planning their plastic surgery experience, remember that they are a person first. Going up to a person who has just undergone their procedure and bombarding them with procedural questions is insensitive. Ask them how they are feeling and show genuine concern for their well-being before heaping procedural questions at them. A person who is at ease is more likely to share their experience with you.
    • KEEP JUDGEMENTS TO YOURSELF: While you may not want a particular procedure for yourself, a plastic surgery procedure is a personal experience. Sharing your personal thoughts and opinions on the procedure, the process, or the results is inappropriate. Talk to them and listen to their journey. It may just inform you about things you did not know about a particular procedure.


While plastic surgery is more mainstream than ever, it is not a subject to just dive into with just anyone. Following these tips, provided by The Beauty of Knowledge Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, will help you broach the subject with grace and tact.