Summary: Sometimes it’s fun to have a twin: somebody who does all the same things you do. If this person is a family member (or may as well be), even better. But plastic surgery isn’t necessarily geared to follow the “twin” mentality. People are too individual, too unique. Having a plastic surgery twin may not be the best idea. After all, your body is yours alone, even if everything you do make it look like someone else. So having a similar goal is just fine—as long as you remember that you may not reach that goal in precisely the same way as your twin.

 

Mother-Daughter Plastic Surgery Twins?

So, I just read an article about a mom and daughter who “do everything together,” including plastic surgery. Typically, we make it a point not to judge anyone who gets plastic surgery or the motivations of anyone who goes under the knife. We’ll be honest, that was kind of hard in this case. But still—we’re going to hold true to that. This woman and her daughter (or this woman and her mother, depending on how you look at it) are living the life they want to live and that’s great for them. However, there is something about the way they’re doing this that is worth discussing.

Because both of these women do everything together, it is strongly implied in the piece that they are receiving the same plastic surgery procedures. Indeed, together, they’ve spent over $64,000 on these procedures. And there in lies something worth talking about. Conceivably, this mother and daughter are at least 15 years apart (I honestly didn’t research them that thoroughly—I’m just making a pretty safe assumption here, as they might also be further than 15 years apart). Your body goes through a lot in fifteen years, just as it goes through a lot due to child birth and raising a child.

Different Procedures for Different Bodies

That is to say, these two women likely have very different bodies. Plastic surgery is an incredibly personal thing to undergo—it changes your body from one thing to another. Usually it’s done to make your body look more youthful or to align your body more closely with your own personal feeling about how you look. And while many women might go in for the same procedure or want a similar outcome, how you get there is between you and your plastic surgeon. This means that every woman will go about getting her ideal look in a slightly different way, and much of that is dictated by age.

For women under thirty who have not had children and who have not lost a significant amount of weight, for example, a tummy tuck is generally unnecessary. This means that if the daughter, in this case, went in for a tummy tuck, she didn’t need it. Her belly area was likely just fine. That said, her mother might desire a flatter belly area. A tummy tuck is not a procedure that these two could “do together” with any kind of effectiveness or consistent result.

Breast Augmentation Individualized

The same, to a certain extent, holds true with breast augmentation. Now, anyone can get a breast augmentation. Age doesn’t really matter. But one thing that many plastic surgeons have noticed is that younger patients are generally drawn to larger sizes. Patients with a little more experience are simply looking for a perkier, fuller but still authentic look. Hopefully, this woman and her daughter did not go in for the same implant size is, I guess, what this comes down to. Or, at least, hopefully they thought about it. This isn’t to say that older patients can’t have larger implants—of course they can. It’s just to say that every patients should be thoughtful on an individual level.

Because our tastes generally change as we age. Look at the way we treat clothes. There’s a difference between women’s and juniors’, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Nor is there an age limit or minimum on either one. What it shows, however, is that the way we think about our bodies and how our bodies should look changes over time and, therefore, as we age. Failing to recognize that can sometimes lead to some uncomfortable and incongruous looks—though we encourage everyone to be themselves at all times.

Follow Your Own Plastic Surgery Path

So I guess what I’m getting at is this: follow your own plastic surgery path. The case of the mother and daughter who “do everything together” should not be your guide. Indeed, many mothers and daughters do come in to plastic surgery clinics together. It’s just that usually they’re seeking out separate treatments specific to their bodies. Plastic surgery can be a communal undertaking, but every patient needs an individual path, even if the goals are common. My hope is simply that this is what is occurring with this woman and her daughter.

Feel free, then, to take your own plastic surgery journey. Remember that, at the end of the day, it’s about you—how you look and how you feel about how you look. No one else’s judgment matter. So go out there and be you.

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