More than a quarter of the patients who visit plastic surgeons are newly divorced women, according to a 2011 study by the Transform Cosmetic Group in Great Britain. Another 11 percent of plastic surgeons’ clientele is comprised of newly single men, the study also reported.
Revenge plastic surgery can fall under many different categories, reports CNN. Most divorcees are eager to “get back on the market” and are looking for ways to enhance their appearance and get a date. Other patients are finally able to get the “forbidden” plastic surgery they’ve always wanted now that their former spouses are out of the picture. Then there are patients who just want to grab an ex’s attention with a dramatic “look-at-me-now” reveal.
Alicia Hunter, a 43-year-old mother of two, spent three years losing 60 pounds, getting Botox injections and undergoing the knife for a new set of breasts following her divorce. She said that the changes gave her the confidence to leave the house and get back into the dating scene again. “I don’t think we get back the original body we had after pregnancy,” Hunter told ABC News. However, she gets a lot of compliments from her ex since her revenge plastic surgery. “It is very liberating to feel good within your own skin,” she added.
A 50-something-year-old named Sue visited a plastic surgeon after her 12-year marriage fell apart. She felt that her face didn’t match her young body and mind, so she requested a neck lift and lower facelift. A few weeks later, she told her surgeon that she was thrilled to “feel more like her old self again.”
What procedures are people asking for?
According to the Huffington Post, the five most common procedures for revenge plastic surgery include:
Other popular procedures include cheekbone fillers, Botox injections, brow-lifts and lip fillers.
On one hand, plastic surgery is a tremendous boost to the spirits for the vast majority of people who make this life-changing decision. “These women do gain a lot of confidence,” Richard T. Ethridge MD, a plastic surgeon from Texas, explains. “When they come in three to four months down the road, they’re dressing in a more conscious way and even have different tan lines. I can tell they’re starting to show off their bodies again.” In many cases, introverted, shy women discover a more outgoing side of themselves they never knew existed. It is important to note that satisfaction rates are very high for revenge plastic surgery, generally speaking.
On the other hand, it is also important that individuals take some time to discover their own motivations to have the surgery done. Is it to gain confidence and start anew? Or is it to rub it in someone’s face and get an ex-flame back? As Dr. Josh Korman MD says, “Surgery is permanent. It isn’t like a haircut that will grow back in a few weeks.” Dr. Anthony Youn told CNN about one of his patients who wanted a face lift, brow lift, lip plumping, breast augmentation, tummy tuck and liposuction done – only to find that she wanted to revert back to the way she was, once she had reunited with her ex-husband.
A good plastic surgeon will always take the time to explain the procedure in great detail so clients have reasonable and realistic expectations about the results. A good plastic surgeon will seek to identify the client’s motivation for wanting surgery and offer additional counseling, as needed. During a one-on-one consultation with NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Loeb, one of the most highly-respected cosmetic surgeons in the U.S., patients are guided through their options and given the appropriate amount of time to make a final decision. To schedule your private consultation with Dr. Loeb, please call 212.327.3700.