A ^Retired Plastic Surgeon's Notebook

Woman inherits her mother’s plastic surgery fund.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon discusses a very thoughtful mother’s last wishes.

“To my daughter, I leave $$$$$ for the purpose of plastic surgery.”

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


Category: Body Contouring, Breast Contouring, Financial Issues, Mommy Makeover | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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