What Is Vengeance Plastic Surgery or Revenge Plastic Surgery?

Vengeance plastic surgery or revenge plastic surgery is a name that has been given to plastic surgery for patients who are going through a major life change such as divorce or separation. This has led to controversy over whether they should have this performed. Of course those who raise the controversy as to whether others should have plastic surgery, are not going through the trials and tribulations of a divorce or separation.

Divorce or separation are very stressful experiences. Most of the people going through this have not been single for years and are concerned about their appearance.  They have thought about their appearance for years but it is the change in their relationship status that suddenly makes this a more important and timely issue. As a group they believe that it will be easier to meet people and form new relationships if they look better. It’s hard to disagree with this point of view.

Going through a divorce/separation leads to emotional distress, hurt and/or anger. Thus leading to the term Vengeance Plastic Surgery. In general the vast majority of people want to achieve a more youthful, healthier, and vigorous appearance. When you meet somebody they are focused on your face.  Therefore, it is no surprise that patients present wanting their face to look better. As their “plate is full” they frequently come in seeking minimally invasive, “lunchtime” procedures rather than have more extensive procedures. These procedures are performed in the office, can give an excellent improvement with minimal to no recovery.

These minimally invasive procedures, include fractional laser treatments which smooth wrinkles, as well as tighten the face and neck. Fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm can be used to restore facial volume that has been lost with the passage of time. Some patients prefer facial fat grafts to fillers. These are also performed in the office. Neuromodulators such as Botox, Xeomin and Dysport are used to treat lines and folds, which are due to muscle motion.

While going through the stress of divorce/separation these procedures are almost stress free and have the lowest risks. After some procedures patients immediately look better, others require a few days for a visible improvement. A positive experience is always important but even more so for individuals who are so stressed.

The issue of having more extensive plastic surgery while going through this life stress is more complicated. This very much depends on the individual. Many people should only have in office type procedures whereas some people can consider other procedures such as liposuction.


In March we are having the “Starting Over Lift” special. If you are going through a divorce or separation ask us about this special. It’s not about Vengeance Plastic Surgery or Revenge Plastic Surgery; it’s about looking better, feeling better about yourself and gaining self confidence.

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