It's a staple of comedy that men are often drawn into women's uncertainty about their bodies. Women ask something like, "Does this dress make me look fat?" to which a man is always supposed to reply, "No." But for many women, the validation of such a response is not enough, and it can lead to significant tension in a relationship. Here is some advice for men in relationships where body image is a destructive influence. Be proactive. Don't wait for your wife or girlfriend to ask how you feel about how she looks. Notice what she's wearing, and compliment her when she looks good. Be honest. Don't lie to your wife or girlfriend about how you feel. She will likely be able to tell, and lying will increase her insecurity in the relationship, which can negatively impact her body image further and lead to more tension. Although honesty can create short-term tension if she doesn't like what you say, but you can overcome this by honestly praising her appearance on other occasions. Don't take her uncertainty as an insult. Sometimes it seems like nothing we do makes the women in our lives feel comfortable with themselves. This is not because they don't love us, but because the problems are deep inside their minds in a place we often cannot reach. Be supportive. If your wife or girlfriend talks to you about an exercise program, liposuction, breast augmentation, or some other idea to address her uncertainties, don't tell her what she does or does not need to look good. Express your feelings honestly, but remember that ultimately a woman's issues are generally between herself and her body. Make sure she considers her options carefully and help her follow through on her ideas in a way that will ensure the best possible results. If your wife or girlfriend is considering cosmetic surgery, you can help her get the best possible results by helping her choose an experienced plastic surgeon to perform the procedure. Please schedule a consultation with New York plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits today.