How to Talk to Your Family About Plastic SurgeryPosted on October 15, 2019
It can be challenging to broach the topic of plastic surgery in a world where we want our children and family to appreciate our natural appearance and feel proud of who we are.
This discussion involves a tricky balance, especially when a family member is trying to explain their decision to undergo cosmetic surgery in order to alter their physical looks in certain ways.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak concurs that it is indeed a delicate matter. She agrees that it a tough concept to discuss with someone, particularly close friends and family, about undergoing surgery to alter one’s appearance. Dr. Hustak informed that her father-in-law is a psychologist and she has had a discussion with him on this topic as well.
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.
The Age of Your Child/Children Matter
When a parent makes the choice to undergo some type of cosmetic surgery, it is time to let their children get used to the idea that mom or dad will appear different soon. According to Dr. Hustak, the key is to take into consideration the age of the children.
It can be tempting to hide surgical plans, but communication between children and parents about this issue is crucial.
Patients should explain plans in a manner that is appropriate for the maturity level and age of each child. Younger children require fewer details while older children can make sense of a more open discussion about cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Hustak advises patients to consider the age of the party receiving the information. She further states that the discussion on plastic surgery with a five-year-old will be much different than a 13-year-old, an 18-year-old, and a 30-year-old. Therefore, according to Dr. Hustak, taking age into consideration helps.
Another Approach: Comparing Surgery to Other Changes
Exploring the field of plastic surgery and sharing some details openly with children can enable parents to prepare them for the process and the results.
Dr. Hustak further says that explaining to kids how mom’s body changed after giving birth and what the specific procedure can do to fix her muscles can be significantly beneficial. She feels that highlighting the functional benefits may also make it easier to understand the procedure across all age groups.
Consider a Short ‘Vacation’ away from Really Young Kids
Many young children tend to feel scared to see their mom coming home with bruises and bandages, or get concerned upon hearing that their mom is undergoing a change. Therefore, young kids do not need to know the intricate details of the surgery.
It may be a good idea to schedule the procedure while they are away at a friend’s or grandparent’s house, or at camp. Alternatively, the patient can consider recovering at a friend or loved one’s place.
In case children will be around as the patient recovers, they should let the kids know in advance that they are undergoing a procedure.
The patient may choose to not explain the exact nature of the procedure to them, but should at least prepare them to expect certain changes. It is important to reassure small children that despite the bruises and bandages, mom or dad will be alright.
Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for plastic and reconstructive surgery.
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