How to Ask About Cosmetic Surgery

There’s something different about your friend. She seems happier, more confident, and her face looks a little different than you remember. It may not seem obvious at first, but when you realize she’s had some “work” done, it’s hard not to notice.

Cosmetic surgery and non-surgical procedures are increasing in popularity year after year, and not just among older people, but among millennials and baby boomers, too. So, what can you do if you notice someone close to you has had a procedure? Do you address it? Wait for them to tell you? Here’s how to handle (and not handle!) addressing the subtle and not-so-subtle changes of cosmetic procedures.

Wow, You Look Great!

Whatever you do, don’t ask anyone you suspect has had a cosmetic procedure: “Have you had work done?” This is an invasive question about a personal medical decision and may make the person you are speaking to defensive or insecure. Instead of asking if they’ve had work done, why not tell them something like, “Wow, you look great.” This not only makes them feel good, but it also opens the door for them to tell you why they look so great.

You Look So Natural

One of the highest compliments you can pay a cosmetic surgery patient (and their surgeon!) is that they look natural or like themselves – only better. Be wary of saying things like “you look exactly the same,” because obviously they want to look a little bit different – otherwise they wouldn’t have had surgery!

Who Is Your Surgeon?

“Who is your surgeon?” is a perfectly acceptable question, especially if you are looking to have a cosmetic procedure done on yourself. By asking for a referral, you also can circumvent awkward conversations about how much money your friend’s procedure costs, because you can schedule your own consultation and find out for yourself. Dr. Sanovich loves word-of-mouth referrals, so please feel free to share his name with your friends and family!

Was It Affordable?

If you really are concerned about cost, don’t bluntly ask your friend what they paid. Instead, phrase your question as, “Was it affordable?” This will allow your friend to simply answer yes or no, or to tell you the total cost or even a ballpark range. This allows her or him to control the information without putting them on the spot.

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