How Honest Should I Be with My Doctor?

I've had a tummy tuck with lipo of my arms, back, stomach, inner and outer thighs and butt. My husband thinks my butt is getting big again. I haven't gained any weight, but I think my body just puts fat there. I exercise 6x/week and do exercises specific to that area. Should I be honest with a plastic surgeon and tell him that my husband wants me to have more lipo? I don't mind having it and will do it to please him, as I will be benefit from it as well.

Doctor Answers 4

Being honest with your surgeon

There are many reasons to be honest with your surgeon. In this particular case, it tremendously benefits you because the results you seek may be achievable but they may not necessarily please your husband. In this instance, it can create an uncomfortable situation for all of you. Therefore it is best that you completely relate your motives for surgery to ensure they are realistic and/or can be accomplished.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Being frank with your doctor

You should absolutely be up front with your doctor and tell him exactly what you would want.  Lack of communication is not a good thing especially when it comes to your health..

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Honesty is the Best Policy in Discussions with ALL doctors

Hi there-

In order to not only keep you safe, but also to have the best chances of achieving your goals and making you happy, your doctor needs as complete an understanding of your situation as possible.

I would ALWAYS recommend discussing everything with them openly. 

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 157 reviews


Absolutely. In the world of elective cosmetic surgery, or any surgery for that matter, honesty is not only the best policy, it is the safest policy. Lack or information or miscommunication of information can be, if not deadly, complication-promoting.  You don't want surgeons operating on the wrong type of patient at the wrong time with the wrong procedure.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

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