The wrong reasons to get plastic surgery

May 23, 2013

Make sure you're undergoing plastic surgery for the right reasons.
Make sure you're undergoing plastic surgery for the right reasons.

An aesthetic surgery procedure can help you boost your confidence and get the body you've always dreamed of, but the decision to go under the knife should not be one entered into lightly. Before you set up a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, you must make sure that the reason you want a little nip and tuck is a good one. Here are a few examples of risky reasoning:

Revenge cosmetic surgery
A recent report on CNN, written by a board-certified plastic surgeon, sheds light on a disturbing trend that has become common in recent years. It's called "revenge plastic surgery" - jilted lovers say they want to change their look to get back at an ex who left them for a younger person. The author of this report estimates that some 20 percent of his female patients have recently undergone a divorce, which may suggest that their reason for undergoing plastic surgery is because they want to show their ex what he was missing. While cosmetic procedures can boost your confidence, the only reason you should go under the knife is because you want to look and feel better, not because you want to get back at someone who left you.

At the behest of others
In a healthy relationship, you will respect your partner's opinions. However, if your significant other tells you to get a breast augmentation or liposuction, you shouldn't go running off to the plastic surgery clinic as fast as you can. Once again, the decision to get an aesthetic procedure should be yours and yours alone. There's no harm in asking your partner to weigh in on your feelings about plastic surgery, but if you are feeling pushed to go under the knife, it's time to put on the breaks and think about what you truly want.

How do I know?
If you're uncertain whether you're considering plastic surgery for the right reasons, your best bet is to make an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, during your consultation, the surgeon will evaluate you for the procedure, let you know what outcomes are achievable and answer any questions you may have. He or she can also help you decide whether or not you are choosing to go under the knife with good intentions.


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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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

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