Outside of Beverly Hills, many people feel uncomfortable about friends and family knowing about one’s desires for facial rejuvenation or breast enhancement. While walking on Rodeo Drive with a splint on a nose indicative of a recent rhinoplasty is somewhat of an odd status symbol in Los Angeles, in most parts of the country it can be viewed quite differently.
Similarly, bruised necks and under-eyes are commonplace at Barney’s off Wilshire. With pride women stride bandaged and bruised. But how about those that don’t want people to know they’ve had plastic surgery or dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane?
Well, one could hide in their house for weeks. But even then they will most certainly look “different” or perhaps younger or refreshed when they eventually leave the house. So that only partly fixes the problem.
When the sequela of plastic surgery disappears such as swelling and bruising and you are on your way to greet the world again with your ‘new’ self, here are helpful tips to fool your friends:
- Change your hairstyle or hair color. Almost always, your new look will be attributed to your new hair. It will be a striking and obvious change. A new hairstyle can be much more obvious that subtle facial or . (Okay, well some breast procedures aren’t all that subtle). However, I always tell my patients this pearl. And to date, I have always been correct! (Well, that is except for a few of the breast enhancements.)
- Lie (I could never advise my patient’s to lie, but I could also never deny them all of the options that exist to make an informed decision. It’s quite the dilemma.)
In summary, there are clever ways to draw attention away from your surgery. Your new look can be attributed to your stylist and destroy all of the credit your plastic surgeon deserves. Thanks a lot. Below is an example of a woman who had facial fat grafting and changed her hairstyle.
To read about happy patients who may or may not have gone into hiding after their surgery, check out the testimonial page.
Dr. Tim Neavin is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Beverly Hills, California.