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Talking to Friends & Family About Your Breast Surgery

Woman talking to friends about her breast augmentation over coffee.

Thinking about breast augmentation here in Portland? You already know you have a lot of decisions to make. Planning your surgery can be one of the most exciting times of your life, but it can also be a bit stress inducing as you consider who to share your plans with or when to share them.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot from my patients. Each one has her own approach to the issue of disclosure, and in this blog post, I want to share some of the wisdom I’ve gleaned from them. Keep in mind that these tips aren’t strictly for breast surgery. Patients who undergo other types of cosmetic procedures can benefit from these guidelines.

  • It’s your business. I think this is really the heart of the matter. Above all, your surgery is strictly your business, and who you decide to tell or not tell is completely up to you. Thanks in part to social media, we’ve become a culture of oversharers. But there’s no reason to feel guilty for not keeping everyone in the loop.
  • Consider your workplace. If you’re sharing your surgery with your work friends, make sure you have a plan for telling your boss. Even people in your inner circle may accidentally tell someone, who tells someone else — you know how it goes. Before you know it, HR may get wind of it before you wanted them to.
  • Expect questions. Some of your girlfriends will likely be more than a little curious and maybe even interested in the procedure for themselves. My Portland breast augmentation patients usually feel energized and validated by these conversations. Be ready for questions about what kind of implants you had, who your surgeon is, and, yes, even how much you paid for surgery.
  • Trust your instincts. As time passes, the stigma around plastic surgery becomes less and less – but it’s not gone altogether. If you do find yourself in a conversation with someone who has a negative reaction to your surgery, remember that your body is yours and you deserve to feel confident in it.

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