Summary: When it comes to social media, we tend to be pretty good sharers. Sometimes we’re even a little too transparent. But how far should that extend? If you just had plastic surgery, for example, should you be forced to share that? And if so, how much of your plastic surgery should you share? I think the answer has much more nuance to it, of course, since surgery is something that is often quite personal.

How Much of Your Plastic Surgery Should You Share?

Be honest now: how many times each day do update your status on Facebook? You probably don’t even know. Checking in on social media is something that has become so ingrained in our daily lives that we almost don’t even think about. We just share and post, post and share.

Inevitably, this leads to cases where we over share. Your plastic surgery procedure might be a good example. How much of your plastic surgery should you share? The recovery? Maybe just the final result? Definitely the before and after.

In the end, how much you share is totally up to you, but we’re going to offer some advice to help ensure that your sharing is a thoughtful, intentional process—not just a reflex.

Think About Your Goals

We all have a persona on social media. Sometimes we’re the dramatic one, or the honest one, or the wise one. It can even be a combination of all three. It doesn’t really matter what your “persona” is, necessarily, it only matters that you think about how you want to present yourself in a social media space.

Once you know how to present yourself, you’ll have an idea of how much of your plastic surgery you want to showcase. If you want to present yourself as transparent and honest, then showing off some of your recovery could help you solidify that persona.

On the other hand, you might not want everyone knowing about your plastic surgery. It’s okay to go into “hiding” as far as social media is concerned, especially if it’s for a few days or a week or something like that. Taking a “break” from social media is a time honored tradition, and most people won’t think twice about why you’re gone.

How Much Mystery Do You Want to Maintain?

Another question to ask yourself is about how much mystery you want to maintain. Many plastic surgery procedures are designed to produce results that look mostly natural. Whether you’re talking about a Houston breast procedure or a Los Angeles facelift, the idea is that the results look like just another part of you.

Natural-looking results are sought after for two basic reasons. First and foremost, they tend to look a little more aesthetically pleasing. Second, they provide the patient an opportunity for discretion. In other words, you don’t have to say anything about your surgery if you don’t want to.

You can see this “maybe I did, maybe I didn’t” approach used to great effect by Hollywood celebs. But the truth of the matter is that very few people will actually go so far as to assume that you had work done. They’ll just figure you look great. Maybe you changed your diet, maybe you started exercising more.

They won’t notice you’ve had work done, they’ll just notice you look good. And it’s up to you whether you want to divulge more information than that. However, if you want to maintain the air of mystery, then you probably shouldn’t post pictures of you recovery on Facebook!

Make Sure Your Surgeon is On Board

In most cases, surgeons work very hard to protect the identities of their patients—even when it comes to promotional purposes. They have to. That’s what HIPAA laws are for (protecting your privacy). That said, you should be clear with your surgeon about what your intentions are.

This is especially true as many surgeons are getting into the social media game. There are plenty of such surgeons on SnapChat or Instagram or whatever else the kids are using these days. If you don’t want any of your images shared on social media, it’s important to be clear and upfront about that desire.

The same is true if you don’t want your images used in any promotional material, such as before and after image galleries (to be sure, most surgeons will be equally up front with you before using any of your images).

Be as Open as You Want to Be

The nice thing is that you are allowed to be just as open about all of this as you want to be. If you want to showcase every step of your surgery on social media for all the world to see, you can do that. Likewise, if you want to keep things on the DL and only inform close family and friends, you can do that too.

No one is obligated to share their plastic surgery journey. It’s a personal decision and it should really stay that.

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