Is It Ever OK to Ask About Plastic Surgery?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_609506765.jpgIf you think back to 30, 20 or even 10 years ago, plastic surgery used to be a very taboo topic. Tabloid magazine covers hinted, suggested and outright accused celebrities of "having work done," and whether they did or not, most of these suggestions were met with denial. Today, while much has changed to make plastic surgery more accessible and more acceptable, many celebrities still will not admit to having surgical procedures or fillers - and many tabloid magazines still publish what they believe to be "before and after" shots to back up their theories. 


Recently, when actress Jane Fonda was a guest on the Megyn Kelly Today show, host Kelly asked Fonda to discuss her plastic surgery. Fonda quickly changed the subject and refused to answer, asking incredulously, "We really want to talk about that right now?"

With all this back and forth, it may leave the average person wondering – is there still a stigma surrounding plastic surgery? Or should celebrities like Fonda "own up" to their procedures?

A Matter of Preference

For some people, plastic surgery is still very much a hush-hush topic. Everyone wants to think they are aging gracefully, and some people are embarrassed to admit they have opted to get a little extra help along the way. In Fonda’s case, she has discussed surgery before, but her issue with the question seemed more about the fact that she was on Kelly’s show to promote another project, not talk about her surgery.  

Still, while it is gaining acceptance, not everyone is ready to divulge whether they’ve gone under the knife just yet.

Younger Generations

For millennials and younger people, plastic surgery does not have the same stigma it does for older generations, thanks to social media. Sites like Instagram, where you can post pictures of yourself and share them with friends and strangers, have increased the desire for both men and women to perfect their faces and bodies to look photo-ready at all times.  

Popular reality TV celebrities regularly go on these sites to show off their latest procedures, and sites like RealSelf are increasingly safe and supportive places for plastic surgery recipients to show off "before and after" shots, ask questions and seek advice about procedures from experts and fellow patients. Hopefully this normalization will make surgery more acceptable and less embarrassing for people who may have wanted a procedure but have avoided it due to the stigma.

So, Should You Ask?

If you think someone you know may have had a procedure done, we always suggest you proceed with care. Saying things like, "You look great," is a perfect icebreaker. If the person wants to reveal their surgery, you’ve given them the perfect opportunity to do so, but if they don’t, they can simply say, "Thank you," with no awkwardness. 

If you are at the receiving end of a question and don’t want to reveal your procedure, it can help to have a couple go-to answers ready in case you’re put on the spot. If someone asks what your secret is, you can honestly say, "I’m just trying to take better care of myself," or, "There’s no secret!"

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