Is plastic surgery the best revenge after a breakup? After all, looking good is supposed to be great revenge, and plastic surgery helps you look good, doesn’t it? That train of thought is understandable, but not always applicable. There are many reasons to undergo plastic surgery, but you do want to make sure they’re the right reasons.
Is Plastic Surgery the Best Revenge After a Breakup?
There’s an old saying that goes something like this: looking good is the best revenge. It applies mostly to breakups, I would imagine, and it’s difficult not to see the wisdom here. The idea is that after a breakup you should focus on yourself, that being happy and joyful and looking good is the best way to prove that you don’t need that other person.
We could pull that apart, for sure. But on the surface, anyway, that seems like decent advice–and if it helps you get through a rough time, even better. Just how far that advice extends, however, can get a bit murky.
For example, should plastic surgery be on the table when you’re talking about this whole “looking good is the best revenge” thing? That is… a loaded question. And there’s little in the way of a single right answer. But before we get into the complicated answer, we can offer a simple one: talk to your plastic surgeon about motivations for your procedure–be as transparent as you can, starting with your initial consultation.
Should I Get Plastic Surgery After My Breakup?
There are plenty of good reasons to undergo a plastic surgery procedure after you break up with a significant other (or even after you go through a divorce). But you should probably avoid undergoing a plastic surgery procedure because of the demise of a relationship. That might seem like a subtle distinction, but it’s an important one.
Maybe another way to say it is that you should only undergo a plastic surgery procedure because you want to undergo that specific procedure. That motivation is vital to achieving a long term outcome that you’re happy with. Studies have found that patients who want to undergo plastic surgery are generally happier with their outcomes (and that satisfaction lasts longer).
This seems like common sense. And in some cases it can be quite straightforward. But human motivations tend to get murky as they begin to merge. And after a breakup or a divorce, you might be feeling a wide variety of feelings and be pulled in multiple directions. And when that happens, it can become difficult to determine the true source of your motivations (this is true, to an extent, with all humans at all times, but it can become especially heightened at times of emotional transitions).
Am I Making a Good Decision?
There are a couple of ways to help you double check or interrogate your decision making process. First and foremost, talk to your surgeon about life situation. As we noted before, the more transparent you can be, the better.
You might also consider asking yourself some of the following questions:
- How long have you wanted to undergo this procedure?
The more long term your desire to undergo this procedure is, the more likely it is you’re motivated by your own self interest! In many cases, individuals use a divorce or break up as an excellent motivator to do something they’ve always wanted to do.
- How long will your results last? Most invasive plastic surgery procedures are effectively permanent. But there are some procedures, such as Botox injections or dermal filler injections, that yield only temporary results. You should still be sure cosmetic surgery is something you want before you undergo these injectable procedures, but the temporary results do make them a bit lower stakes.
- How long have you felt self conscious about this part of your body? If you’re seeking to change something you’ve always felt a little self-conscious about, that’s a good sign you’re doing things for the right reasons. But if you’ve only been noticing your nose since your breakup, that might be a sign to take things a bit more slowly.
The Right Decision For You
Of course, there’s no such thing as a universally “right” decision in these cases. The best possible course of action will vary from patient to patient, depending on your desired final outcome as well as your general life experience.
Plastic surgery is not necessarily the best revenge after a breakup, especially if you’re undergoing a procedure because of that breakup. But it can be a great way to conquer certain parts of your body that are making you feel self-conscious.
So talk to your surgeon about how you’re feeling and why you’re seeking out one particular procedure over another. During your consultation, your surgeon will help you determine the best possible course of action for you and your situation–whether you’re breaking up, getting together, or content to spend some time with yourself.
About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been involved in the world of plastic and cosmetic surgery marketing for over twenty years. He’s always writing about trends in the industry or the next big thing in cosmetic or plastic surgery.