How Transparent Should You Be on Social Media?

Taking a self after your plastic surgery might not be the first thing on your mind right after your procedure. But eventually you might want to show off the results—or the process—to your social media followers. There’s no right way or wrong way to do this, but it can certainly be helpful to think through all the ramifications of your decisions before you start posting.

selfie after your plastic surgery

These days we share everything, so why wouldn’t you take a selfie after your plastic surgery? Granted, selfies have gotten people into trouble before (for example, there was the rare coffin that was destroyed because people wanted to use it as a prop—not a selfie, per se, but the same type of event). So you should always take photos carefully.

A Few Tips for Taking a Selfie After Your Plastic Surgery

Okay, nine times out of ten, taking a simple selfie isn’t going to be anywhere near that serious. They’re just a fun way to capture the moment. But when it comes to a selfie after your plastic surgery procedure, there are some things you want to be careful of—especially if your selfie is going to be become public at some point in the future.

That’s why we’re discussing some tips on taking selfies after your plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure. These “tips” are designed mostly for fun—but it’s our hope that they will help you find a little more success in the social media sphere when you’re taking and sharing your plastic surgery selfies.

Social Media and Plastic Surgery

To a certain extent, social media and plastic surgery are old friends. It’s not even uncommon anymore for surgeons to SnapChat your procedure as it happens. So the notion of taking a selfie after your facelift isn’t necessarily going to set the world on fire the way it once would have.

It’s just something people do. There’s significantly less risk involved (social risk, that is) than there used to be. And that’s a good thing. It allows people to be more open and transparent when they want to be without necessarily forcing the issue. Basically, when it comes to selfies after plastic surgery you have two options:

  • Mystery: If you wait until your recovery is complete and post a selfie of your new look you can emphasize the air of mystery. Essentially, you’re just going to look magically more youthful. The results might be subtle, but they’ll probably look natural. This means that people who view your picture won’t necessarily know you’ve had plastic surgery—they’ll just know you look good. And you can pass that off anyway you want. Maybe you’ve been getting more sleep. Maybe you’ve been exercising more.
  • Transparency: Some patients will have more interest in transparency, however. That’s not exactly surprising. Many social media communities are predicated on maintaining a sense of authenticity. That means you might want to simply be open about your entire process, from selecting a procedure to your recovery and your final results. This track won’t be for everyone, but many patients might wish to be open and transparent about their procedure.

What Do You Want to Emphasize?

That’s why it’s important to know what, precisely, you want to emphasize. If you want to play up the mystery, then it might be a good idea to take photos that hide any scars or injection sites—and you can use makeup to hide bruising. You’ll also want to select angles that highlight your best features.

If you’re going fully transparent, then we suggest keeping the angles at which you take at least some of your selfies consistent. This will allow you to build a fairly convincing before and after gallery, so your fans (and friends and family) can follow your progress.

Not All Procedures Require Recovery

We’ve been highlighting selfies after plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, but those aren’t the only procedure options you’ll have. Indeed, many patients these days opt instead to get non-invasive procedure, such as Juvederm, Voluma, or Botox injections. Even Kybella injections have become quite popular.

That’s not to say these non-invasive procedures won’t cause issues with your selfies. Indeed, any type of injection can lead to some minor bruising. However, many people can use standard makeup techniques to hide these bruises (assuming you’re cleared to do so by the medical professionals you’re around).

What I’m getting as that these cosmetic procedures are often quite a bit easier to hide than surgical procedures. This can make the “mystery” approach a lot more tempting. Whether you go down that path or not will ultimately be up to you.

A Personal Decision

Much of this comes down to your own personal preferences. How open you want to be in your selfies after cosmetic surgery depends on how you want to be seen—and how you want the world to see you. You can certainly take a selfie after plastic surgery, but it helps to think about how transparent or mysterious you’d like to be.

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