It is a new surgical trend, which consists in undergoing cosmetic surgery with your partner. Known as beauty matching, the trend essentially started in the middle east, and further developed to reach other horizons such as europe. The phenomenon of beauty matching is quite novel, and plastic surgeons consider relating cosmetic surgery to romantic purposes a first.
Could beauty matching turn delicate?
This tendency could turn delicate at times. Certain couples may request looking alike following the saying “those who look alike, end up together”. However, this aspect of the surgery is not ethically accepted by many surgeons. Indeed, among the fundamentals of a surgeon’s role is taking in charge the patient, respecting their wishes and desires in undergoing cosmetic surgery, and the psychological acceptance (anterior and ulterior) of changes to be made. Yet, if resembling a loved one (or any other person) constitutes the patient’s finality, the risk of physical and mental deterioration after surgery is quite possible. For this, cosmetic surgery promises to offer a beauty-enhancing version of the patient, and not that of someone else.
How is beauty matching beneficial?
Plastic surgeons understand beauty matching as a request of rejuvenation made by a couple, who would like to age in coherence. For this, many cosmetic centres offer price reductions when the intervention involves more than one person. Certain partners even request to undergo the intervention in the same room, at the same time, together. The surgical experience could be enriching to both partners as recovery and post-operative care will be shared, and the latter might even bring the couple closer.
For example, in the case of a liposuction or an abdominoplasty, the recovery period can be slightly long; therefore sharing the latter with your partner will help the them through tough recovery moments. Other partners; however, may undergo the surgery separately and at different times (usually a short interval of time). This happens when the husband wishes to undergo a certain surgery after liking the results of it on his wife.
This is the case of botulinic toxin injections and hyaluronic acid injections that offer a rejuvenating effect to the face.
It is important for the surgeon that their patient have moral support before, during and after the intervention. The support is also appreciated if the partner is just an observer. The couple may help each other out and appreciate final results together.