Revenge Makeovers Are All the Rage

When actress Jennifer Aniston recently split from husband Justin Theroux, tabloid magazines trumpeted that the actress, age 49, was set to get what many have referred to as a “revenge makeover.” But today’s revenge makeover looks a whole lot different than it used to. What used to mean a new haircut or a cute new outfit now means everything from Botox to fillers and breast implants – in addition to the new hair and clothing.

“People today want it all – and they can have it all, with the right budget,” says Dr. Bruce Chau, a plastic surgeon based in Berkeley, Michigan.

But while rumors of Aniston’s plans to undergo plastic surgery are thus far unsubstantiated, they’ve left a lot of people wondering: Should I get a revenge makeover, too?

Chau, for his part, says sure – with one big disclaimer

“Make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons,” he says.

For example, don’t make permanent changes on a whim.

“If you’re going to alter your body permanently, make sure you’ll be happy with those changes. Don’t run out and get a Brazilian butt-lift or breast implants if you haven’t considered how your life will be impacted when you get them,” he says.

Another factor you may want to consider before undergoing a revenge makeover?

“Make sure you’re getting it for the right reasons,” Chau says. “Don’t change your body to try and win back someone who left.

“If your ex wished you had larger breasts, that’s his problem.”

So, what are good reasons for a revenge makeover?

“Sometimes people are with someone who doesn’t approve of cosmetic surgery, and cutting ties with that person allows the patient to finally get the procedure they want,” he says. “Maybe they haven’t had the time or the money to do it prior to the breakup. Or maybe they just have wanted a new look for a while, and they’re getting it as a means of self-care.”

So, the next time you find yourself closing one door, make sure you’re ready before you open the next.

“You know what they say – living well is the best revenge,” Chau says. “So, if living well means a little bit of fillers to go along with your new hairstyle, then go for it. Just go for it because you truly want to.”