Why Some Women are Keeping the Lid on Their Plastic Surgery
- October 19, 2015

Anna Wyeth, a mother-of-three from the Isle of Wight, UK went under general anaesthetic recently for a rhinoplasty - also called a nose job. She had wanted the operation for about 15 years but was determined to tell no one except her husband. "I didn't want anyone to dissuade me or think I was foolish," Wyeth said.

Wyeth is not unusual in being discrete about her surgery. US plastic surgeon, Anthony Youn, says as many as one third of his patients in Detroit hide their procedures. Dr Leah Totton, who runs a non-invasive cosmetic procedures clinic in London, says about 70 per cent of her clients keep their plastic surgery a secret.

Dr Youn thinks his clients are mostly concerned about money. Youn said many of his patients pay a certain amount on the credit card and the rest in cash so their partner wouldn't notice the cost.

Dr Totton credits improvements in techniques and products. "Partly my ladies want privacy, but also as procedures get more subtle they're easier to hide. And they are fast to perform, with little recovery time, so no one needs to find out, ever."

For Wyeth, the motivation for keeping quiet about her procedure in 2008 was more complex - growing up disliking her nose made her feel vulnerable. "I wasn't worried about being judged or the cost - we could afford it. I just didn't want to be gossiped about in advance. Discretion was right for me," says Wyeth.

Highly experienced plastic surgeon, Brandon Adams, sees patients in Hamilton and Tauranga clinics. If you would like to talk to someone about cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, arrange a discrete consultation with Mr Adams today.