Doctors warn against hasty post divorce plastic surgery

December 27, 2010

Doctors warn against hasty post divorce plastic surgery
Doctors warn against hasty post divorce plastic surgery

Many people choose to have plastic surgery to feel better and improve their quality of life; however, a growing number are opting to have cosmetic procedures to exact revenge on their ex-spouse, The Washington Post reports.

Many patients who undergo cosmetic treatments after divorce choose to do so for the boost in self-confidence that may help in a time of crisis and to gain confidence as they re-enter the dating scene.

Such was the case with 49-year-old Ann Soriano who told the news source that she felt drained from her lengthy divorce proceedings and her face showed it.

“I’ve got to throw myself out there and see what happen. And the first thing [people notice] is the look,” Soriano explained.

This practice of revenge surgery concerns many doctors and they warn against engaging in it. The biggest issue healthcare professionals have is that the decision is typically made during an emotionally unstable time and they may have unrealistic expectations or regret the decision later on. It is reasonable to explore treatment options, but a “cooling off” period should be part of the decision process.

Prospective patients should be sure to have a lengthy discussion about such topics with a board-certified plastic surgeon or member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery prior to surgery to go over such important issues.


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