Wow, you look different. That’s right, it’s your new breasts. People are going to notice, and probably say something when they do.

Don’t be intimidated; commenting on breast implants is more natural than the implants themselves. You’re bound to get extra attention, so here are some tips for dealing with the various reactions that are likely to come your way.

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The Non-Reactor

Some people are just plain unobservant, and don’t notice your new implants. Some will be too busy looking at themselves in a mirror to notice you. Maybe it’s just a new blouse, others will think, before resuming their usual activities. Chances are, these are the same people who never notice a new haircut or color, either.

On the other side of the non-reaction coin are the people who don’t know what to say. They notice and are impressed, but they’re also afraid that whatever they say may come out sound like, “Nice rack!” With this fear, they remain silent, perhaps uncomfortably so, and act like nothing has changed.

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Deal With It

Feel free to work it into conversation, intentionally mentioning you wanted to make a change, so you decided to get implants. You make the call: Some people respond best to a joke, some to straight talk and others would rather let it remain in silence.

Don’t be disappointed if a surprising number of people don’t say anything. Many people who notice may worry that it’s rude to bring it up. It’s fine to leave things unsaid.

The Naysayer

Some people hate breast implants, and won’t hesitate to tell you what a mistake you’ve made. They might be simply disrespecting you, or they might be actively seeking an argument. It's a good idea to be prepared to deal with these criticisms beforehand: Be the mature one. You look and feel great, so don’t be disheartened by these kinds of comments.

Listen to what they have to say, then tell them, “Thanks, and I respect your opinion, but I think we’re going to have to agree to disagree on this.” If they’re being rude, say so: If they wouldn’t be so bold as to criticize other parts of your life, ask why they feel that it’s okay to critique your implants.

You probably won’t be able to change their mind, so it's better to simply bring it up, agree to disagree and move on.

The Inquirer

Some people will have a flood of questions about your new implants. This might get annoying, but at least they’re not telling you what a terrible decision you’ve made.

A strategy for fielding the questions: Go ahead and answer them, but stay confidently in control. If someone asks an intrusive question, politely tell him or her that you’d rather not say. If you’re at work, tell them that it's inappropriate for that environment, but that you'd be glad to discuss it in a more relaxed setting. If they’re being disrespectful, say so. You’ll be the adult and they’ll feel like a foolish child. 

Alternatively, just respond, “Why do you ask?” and proceed based on whether the person asking is considering implants or has a sincere reason to be curious, or whether she’s just nosy.

Another good idea is to keep your surgeon’s contact info handy, so you can refer the curious person elsewhere.

What To Keep In Focus

Whatever you do, be sure not to cry, let your feelings get hurt, lash out defensively or argue.

Breast augmentation is your decision; your friends, family and colleagues should respect that. Some people will be onboard from the start, others will have cold or uncomfortable initial reactions (like laughter) but will warm up over time, and others will never respect your decision.

The important thing is remaining confident of how good you look with your new breasts and knowing that, like with any decision, other people’s reactions are out of your control, and are no more than a passing gust of wind.