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Cosmetic Surgery Etiquette: Don’t Ask, Let Them Tell
By Angela Hill
Septemeber 16, 2012
All the makeup tricks and trips to the gym couldn’t make June feel attractive again, so the petite, 45-year-old redhead made the decision to have cosmetic surgery — some nipping here, some tucking there — and about a week later, she went to visit a friend.
Good thing she has thick skin.
“I was still swollen, and the first thing he said when he saw me was, ‘Oh, honey, what have you done?’ ” said June, a financial consultant in the South Bay who asked that her last name not be used because she doesn’t want colleagues to know she had liposuction on her midsection and contouring on her face and neck. “His reaction — I was amazed he was so insensitive,” she said. “People have plastic surgery all the time now, and it’s not as though I had a Joan Rivers result.”
To be sure, cosmetic procedures hardly are the taboo they once were. Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported about a surge in surgeries for baby boomers — women and men alike, opting for everything from Botox and liposuction to tummy tucks and brow lifts. Techniques have greatly improved in recent years, down time is minimal, and results are often quite subtle.
Yet when someone shows up with even a slight change in appearance — especially around the face — friends and colleagues aren’t always sure how to react. Some can be less than polite. Others even blurt out cutting remarks, proving without a doubt that cosmetic surgery — while a deeply personal decision – is one that’s on public view.