People have many different motivations for having plastic surgery. Some may wish to change the shape of certain body parts or remove fat deposits. Others are looking to boost their self-esteem.

Unfortunately, according to numerous media outlets a significant number of men and women are choosing to hide the fact that they are having surgery — some even going so far as to hide money from their spouses.

This is crazy. Each year, millions of people just like you decide to have cosmetic surgery; there is no reason to be embarrassed if you decide to do the same, or to feel that you have to justify your decision to anyone else. Plastic surgery is a personal decision.

Embarrassment Over Plastic Surgery

But of course some people feel embarrassment just the same. For some it’s because they don’t want others to know that they don’t look that way naturally. Others feel embarrassed as a result of the reaction of co-workers, friends, family, etc. While some cosmetic procedures, like fillers and BotoxÒ, are subtle, others are sure to attract some attention. Co-workers may become a bit chatty over it. How to handle it is up to you, but in any case you don’t need to feel embarrassed. (You probably look better than them anyway…)

One group that is definitely prone to embarrassment over plastic surgery is men, despite the fact that plastic surgery for men has been rising by leaps and bounds each year. Surveys of plastic surgeons clearly demonstrate that many men feel the need to hide their surgeries from friends, partners, family and others. Many surgeons report that men are particularly apt to arrive at appointments by themselves and ask that their treatment be completed as fast as possible.

Your Idols Do It – Why Can’t You? 

We idolize people who look beautiful, but guess what…it’s highly likely that many of your favorite celebs have had plastic surgery. So why would you need to feel embarrassed about doing the same?

One celebrity recently gained a lot of media attention for speaking up on the issue. It seems Iggy Azalea has had enough of people snickering and pointing fingers at those who choose to alter their appearance through plastic surgery.

In the April 2016 edition of Elle Canada, the hip hop superstar bluntly criticizes what she sees as a flawed but pervasive view of aesthetic surgery.

“I think, in 2016, people should be more accepting of the fact that both famous and non-famous women are having cosmetic procedures,” she says. “That’s just the reality. And I think more people need to admit that s–t so it doesn’t have to be so taboo—because we’re all doing it anyway.”

Blunt indeed.

She continues: “Everyone tells you that you should love your body the way it is,” she said. “But then it is bad to say that you want to change something about yourself not because you want to look like someone else, just because you want to? What’s wrong with that?”

Last year, Azalea was extremely open about her decision to get plastic surgery (breast augmentation, rhinoplasty).

“I wanted to change my nose because I didn’t grow up with a bump on it—that happened when I got smashed in the face with a soccer ball when I was 16,” Azalea disclosed. “Now I feel like my nose looks the way it’s supposed to look.”

Azalea also pointed out that she has a problem with society’s tendency to tell women to love themselves while criticizing them for desiring personal changes that add to their confidence.

In the end, Azalea hopes society will quit shaming women over the decisions they make for their own bodies. Instead, she believes we should be encouraging them to do whatever makes them most happy.

 Be Proud Of Your Surgery

What does Dr. Sam Rizk think? He believes you should be proud of your decision to have surgery. But in case you don’t want anyone to know, his surgical techniques create very natural results. Most of your friends and family members will not know you had facial plastic surgery — unless of course you tell them, which you shouldn’t be embarrassed to.