Summary: There have been some rumors of late that Khloe Kardashian has been experiencing some pressure to get a breast augmentation procedure. We can’t emphasize enough how much only you should be in control of your procedure.
The Pressure to Get Plastic Surgery
Your body belongs to you—there’s no one that can change that. And yet, to some degree, we all make concessions to the public domain: we shave, we shower, we do our hair or wear makeup. Most of the time, these concessions make us feel good (and clean), but there’s no doubt that they also work as a kind of social lubricant. The downside is that you can sometimes feel pressured to look a certain way. Having confidence in the way you look can take some work—unfortunately, that’s more or less normal; that’s what we expect to cope with on a daily basis.
What’s less normal—and less healthy—is when that pressure comes to us in a more potent form, generally from a loved one or love interest. Recently, rumors have been swirling that Khloe Kardashian has been feeling that kind of pressure from her boyfriend, James Harden. According to unnamed (and perhaps unreliable) sources, Harden is pressuring Kardashian into getting a breast augmentation procedure. This is unfortunate, as it is anytime someone plays on these insecurities to try to achieve a certain result. It’s worth noting that almost every practicing plastic surgeon will take steps to try to make sure any desire for cosmetic plastic surgery is one that is personal and not one that is, well, influenced.
Making Sure Plastic Surgery is What You Want
Any type of plastic surgery will change your body in an effectively permanent fashion. In some cases, such as a facelift, you will continue to age anyway. In other cases, you might have to have another surgery done later in life to update the results, as is the case with breast augmentation. In fact, there are a number of reasons that you should only consider a plastic surgery procedure—especially breast augmentation—for your own reasons:
- Surgery can be a painful experience; you’re the one that’s going to have to experience that pain, so it should be for something you want
- Your body will be with you all your life (obviously), so you’re the one that’s going to have to look in the mirror
- You may have to have further procedures down the road (as with a breast augmentation)
- Plastic surgery is designed to make you feel like your real self; that can be difficult if you make yourself look the way someone else wants you to look
- Plastic surgery procedures are generally quite costly and they are not covered by health insurance—for patients who want the procedures, they’re generally worth it, but it’s a stiff price for patients who aren’t sure
- Most patients are thrilled with their plastic surgery results, but only when those are the results they wanted
If you undergo plastic surgery and you don’t like the results (or later in life come not to like the results), you’ll generally have to schedule a second procedure—possibly a revision procedure—in order to correct those results. This can be another expensive undertaking.
Your Emotional Health
At the end of the day, plastic surgery is supposed to make you feel better. If you’re receiving a lot of personal pressure to get one procedure done or another, that’s not really a positive feeling. The best thing to do is to remove yourself from that situation. In some cases, it might be worth talking to a plastic surgeon, as that surgeon may be able to suggest some ways in which you are not a good candidate for the procedure. However, if you’re looking to have plastic surgery, it’s important to keep in mind that you are the most important person in the equation.
In most cases, when a patient wants plastic surgery and gets that plastic surgery, there are a wide range of benefits, including:
- Improved self esteem
- Improved self confidence
- Improved quality of life
- Looking great and feeling great
However, the data does not support those conclusions when the patient did not want plastic surgery in the first place. In fact, the best way to get great results is to be sure about what you want. Now, when you go in to get your consultation, these are things you’ll talk about. And these conversations are good to have. Most reputable plastic surgeons will not rush you through these conversations and will, instead, be there to answer your questions and put your mind at ease.
So if you want plastic surgery, the place to start is with your plastic surgeon. If you don’t want plastic surgery—you should stay away from it. Either way, you shouldn’t let anyone pressure you into doing what you don’t want to do—the best results are the ones you want for yourself.