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Undergoing plastic surgery is a very private thing for many people. Some think it may draw negative attention towards them or expose their personal insecurities, so they wind up keeping their experience with plastic surgery a secret from everyone. However, there is a difference between being private and being secretive, and privately selecting certain people to be a part of your process has many benefits.

A beautiful woman with bright purple lipstick whispering with her hands cupping her mouthAlmost all patients certainly do not want everyone in their lives knowing they are undergoing plastic surgery, especially if it is an expressly cosmetic procedure, but you can be as selective as you like when choosing who to tell because it is ultimately your business. The majority of patients tell their significant other, their parents, and a couple close friends, but who you tell is completely up to you and who you feel most comfortable with. This support group can make a major difference in your overall plastic surgery experience.

The benefits of loved ones knowing about your procedure include:

Physical Support

Your support group can help you prepare your house and run errands you may be too busy to do before surgery. After the procedure, it is likely that you will need someone to drive you home from the hospital, and you may need help preparing meals and doing things around the house for a few days while you recover. Depending on the procedure, you may also need help bathing and getting around for the first few days. Having more people involved will make it more likely that someone will remember details of what you can and cannot do before surgery and during recovery. A support group of loved ones makes preparing and recovering much easier and less stressful.

Moral Support

It is important to have people to support you emotionally and psychologically both before and after your surgery. You can discuss with them why you want the procedure, and they can help decide whether it is truly the right choice for you. Rather than dealing with everything by yourself, you can take some of the weight off your shoulders and have others to talk to and weigh your choices to help make the right decision. Including loved ones in this process can also bring you closer together by having this combined experience.


No matter the procedure you desire, from rhinoplasty to breast augmentation, it is paramount that you choose a qualified surgeon. Although rare, there are potential complications that can develop with any surgery. Your support group can help you research the right doctor and make sure he or she has the education, skill, and experience to perform a safe procedure and deal with any complications that may occur.

Dr. Karl B. Hiatt is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr. Hiatt has years of experience performing a range of surgical and non-surgical face, breast, and body procedures.

To schedule your consultation, please call (480) 844-1410 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Hiatt and his qualified staff value the safety and personal care of each patient and look forward to helping you achieve the look you desire!