Now that you’ve made the decision to have breast augmentation, you may be feeling a mix of emotions that range from excitement to nervousness. Along with these feelings, you may also be wondering how to talk to your friends and family about your decision. Will they support you? Will they wonder why you are making such a decision? Do you even have to tell them? Ultimately, talking to family and friends about your breast augmentation is your choice, just as having surgery is your choice; however, it is probably a good idea to discuss your decision with friends and family since they are likely to notice the change in your appearance, not to mention your recovery.
Support during recovery
Whether they support your decision or not, you may need the support and love of your friends and family during your recovery. First and foremost, you will need the practical assistance of someone to drive you to and from your surgery and to stay with you for the first 24 to 48 hours afterwards. During this period you will be tired, sore, and will have significant limitations on your activities. You will benefit from the assistance of a friend or loved one in helping you to care for your basic needs and monitor your well-being during these crucial first few days after surgery. Be sure to discuss your needs during recovery with your friends and family before you have surgery so that they understand ahead of time what you will need in terms of physical and emotional support.
Talking to your family about your breast augmentation
Your spouse or significant other may be fully on board with your breast augmentation and excited about the journey along with you. However, some women find that their spouse isn’t quite as supportive as one would hope. If this is true for you, be sure to impress upon your loved one that this is not a spontaneous decision, but rather a choice in which you have put a great deal of thought and planning and carefully weighed the benefits and risks. Be sure to let your loved one know how breast augmentation will benefit your self-image and self-confidence, which in turn may translate to an improvement in your intimate life — a bonus for you both.
Talking to your friends about breast augmentation
Along with the support of your spouse, it is often beneficial to have help and support from friends. You may find that your friends are ready and willing to support you, as true friends typically want only the best for one another. If you have friends who have undergone breast augmentation or other types of plastic surgery, they may have a wealth of helpful tips and information to aid you through your breast augmentation experience. Other friends may be able to step up and help you with errands, cooking, and childcare as you recover as well.
What if my friends or family disapprove of my breast augmentation?
We all have that one person in our lives who seems to disapprove of the important decisions we make for ourselves. You may find the same to be true regarding your breast augmentation. When talking to those that disagree with your choice, remember this: it is just that — your choice, not theirs. You have your own reasons for deciding to have breast augmentation, and some people simply may not understand no matter how much you try to explain. It may help to consider why they disapprove. They may worry that you will no longer be the same person or that this decision will somehow change your relationship. Impress upon them that if there are changes, they will likely be positive and enhance your life. Sometimes a simple explanation is all it takes.
Whether you are merely curious about breast augmentation or are fully committed to scheduling your procedure, call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-383 for our Leawood and Lansing offices or (816) 436-3262 our Kansas City office. We look forward to seeing you soon.