It can be difficult enough when you make a decision about a cosmetic or aesthetic procedure, without having an unsupportive response from friends and family. Frustrating as it is, there are two key steps to resolving the problem, and both require patience and understanding on your part.
Either your family and friends are concerned for a reason or they’re concerned for no reason. In both of those situations, their feelings for you are influencing their response to this potentially large piece of news.
Listed below are some common responses and how to deal with them.
“You Haven’t Done Enough Research”
“These are all cowboys – look at (insert celebrity ‘botch-job’ here)”
Due to the cosmetic industry being unregulated, it is a genuine worry that many people have, but if you arm yourself with as many reviews and as much information as possible about your practitioner and clinic, you’ll be fine.
This is one of the responses that you’ll hear regularly, so combat it with doing really thorough research. This is great for proving you know all you possibly can to someone else, and also makes sure you have the best practitioner for your treatment. TrustPilot and Realself are brilliant resources for this, as you can find ratings for clinics, procedures, and specific practitioners to support your decision.
“You don’t need any work done! You’re beautiful as you are!”
It’s always nice to hear a compliment, but if you only get them following telling people about your decision to pursue a cosmetic procedure, it can seem like it is being said just to stop you from going forward with a treatment. Your body is your own, to do with as you please, and other people’s opinions should not influence whether or not you change anything about it.
“Why Would You Do That? Who Are You Trying To Impress?”
This can be one of the most grating responses, but can be answered very simply: yourself.
“I Won’t Recognise You!”
I’m sure Grandma will recognise you after you’ve had lip fillers, otherwise you may have to suggest a trip to her optician. Exaggeration comes as standard with many of the reactions you’ll receive, but you can field them using the research you do, try to find example before and after pictures, which will also give you a better idea of the results you should expect from treatment.
“I Just Don’t Want You To Hurt Yourself”
This is an understandable reaction that comes, generally, from a place of love or caring. As long as you have done your research, your practitioner should be trustworthy. It is important to understand that you get what you pay for, and that if something sounds too good (read: cheap) to be true, it probably is. Our Medical Director, Dr Tapan Patel, believes that there should be “no compromise on quality or excellence” in aesthetic medicine, which is a motto we at PHI wholeheartedly support.
For information about any of our treatments, clinicians, or our clinic, call us today on 02070 345999 or log an enquiry through our website.