Seattle Plastic Surgeon discusses a very thoughtful mother’s last wishes.
One question I always ask when a patient is thinking about having a plastic surgery procedure is “why now?” The answer can be very interesting and often very relavent. Here are some answers I have received over the years:
- I’ve always wanted to do this but my husband wouldn’t let me and now we have split up and I can do what I want.
- I’m old enough to make my own decisions now.
- I saw a photo of myself at my son’s graduation and was shocked when I saw my double chin. I didn’t think it was that bad.
- I flipped a house in Ellensburg and have the money. (This was, of course, before the real estate crash.)
- I finally have my kids through school and can spend the money on me instead of them.
- I’ve worked so hard to get down to and stay at this weight and now I want to do this as a reward.
Recently I received an totally unexpected answer to this question. My prospective patient had recently lost her mother after a long illness. In the last few days, the mother confided in her daughter that she had put aside some money for a face lift. The mother was a fan of plastic surgery having benefited from a breast reduction years earlier. She wanted to make sure her daughter used this money for plastic surgery, specifically a mommy makeover. That mother knew that everytime her daughter slipped into her swimsuit and enjoyed her surgical result, there would be a smile and a “Thanks Mom”.
Thank you for reading! Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder