The aesthetic market has been enjoying less stigma, thanks to more open conversation about treatments online. What was once said behind closed doors is now an open topic, as people talk about their options and look to others for trusted advice. You can see these conversations happening in our community, where RealSelf members share their journeys and experiences with treatments.

Despite online conversations becoming more common, the stigma surrounding cosmetic treatments, and how to talk to friends and family about them, remains. A RealSelf member who decided on a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) she’d been wanting for years struggled with how to talk about it around the holidays.

“Thanksgiving is in a few days, and we will be seeing some family.” she wrote. “My parents are not big on plastic surgery -and, by not big I mean they seem to be very, very against it. I also have younger siblings that I don’t want to create insecurities with. I don’t know if it is because of the stigma around [plastic surgery] or what. My point of view is that if something about yourself is making you self-conscious or hindering your happiness and you can do something about it why would you not do it? Nobody passes judgement when someone gets braces to straighten teeth or does teeth whitening. Both of which can boost self esteem and boost the way others see you.”

As the recovery process continued, she added that she loved the procedure and was feeling comfortable in her own skin.

What to expect before, during, and after a surgical treatment is also a common anxiety, and hearing from others who have undergone a procedure can help. One RealSelf member wrote in detail about her journey following a tummy tuck, day-by-day, so others could better understand what to expect. She shares the ups and downs of the recovery process, as well as tips and tricks she learned along the way.

Another RealSelf member chronicled her journey as she considered and underwent breast augmentation. Throughout the journey, she wrestled with whether it was the right decision, how to tell friends, and the parts of the process she was anxious about before undergoing the procedure, all while hearing feedback and support from other RealSelf members.

Months later, she added this update:

“I am so happy I got this done. I feel so much more confident, it’s amazing. I never realized how much insecurity I carried around because I was ashamed of my body. I am happier, more talkative, and overall I would 110% recommend getting this done to anyone considering it.”

You can find more open discussions and stories about real people’s treatments on RealSelf treatment review pages.