Should You Talk To Your Children About Plastic Surgery?

The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that 53% of women and 49% of men approve of cosmetic surgery and would make no effort to conceal it if they chose to undergo a procedure. It also indicates that majority of men and women who invest in this surgery fall between the ages of 31 and 45. As these are typically child raising years, most of these people will have children. Often, for women, the surgery in question is sought to undo the inevitable, ravages of childbearing and breastfeeding. The question of whether to tell your child about the surgery, and what to say if you choose to, is a difficult one.

No one knows your children better than you do, and you are the one who has the right to make the decision, without judgment. Before you decide, however, consider some points. First, there may be some bruising and swelling. Second, your movements may temporarily be limited; you may not be able to pick up your child, or you may need some help with everyday activities. Third, consider the fact that children are often more astute than parents give them credit for. You may consider changes to be subtle, but a child may easily pick up on the before and after differences. How will you explain these things to a child who does not know what is happening? [Read more…]