Plastic surgery: vanity or sanity?

May 19, 2011

Following divorce, some turn to plastic surgery to rebuild their own confidence.
Following divorce, some turn to plastic surgery to rebuild their own confidence.

Fifty-one year old model Diana Solomon refuses to date anyone younger than 35, rejecting the 25-year-old men that pursue her. Following her divorce, she cried daily and had trouble getting out of bed. Then she had Fraxel laser treatments to smooth out facial wrinkles, an injectable filler to plump her lips and Botox to smooth her brow. Now, she is back on the dating scene, attracting men like flies.

The media has labeled this “revenge surgery,” but these women are simply moving on. Solomon’s dermatologist, who has also weathered a divorce that made her feel unattractive and unlovable says, “It’s not about vanity, it’s about sanity.”

The need to feel better about oneself following divorce cuts across all socioeconomic boundaries. Pragmatic women choose cosmetic surgery over a therapist’s couch and a box of Kleenex.

They say that “beauty comes from within.” Well, your mother is right; it does. But to see the inner beauty, you’ve got to get past the façade, which may or may not need an overhaul. Sometimes the overhaul is psychological. If you lack the courage to present yourself in a dating situation, your inner beauty will forever be unseen. Fine tuning, at the hands of a plastic surgeon or dermatologist, may be what you need to regain your confidence.

The New York Post, April 11, 2011, interviewed recently divorced women, including a children’s book writer, aesthetician, home-care agency nurse, teacher and divorce attorney. Post-divorce plastic surgery had enabled each woman to date again. The children’s book writer regained her feelings of femininity with liposuction of her stomach, flanks, jaw and neck. The aesthetician with a chest like two walnuts in a pair of socks had breast augmentation.

It’s no surprise that angry estranged husbands, footing all or part of the bill, think plastic surgery is a means to attract a new man. They’re absolutely right. If you have a physical characteristic that keeps you from reentering the dating game, contact a board-certified plastic surgeon at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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