There are many benefits to having plastic surgery, from an improved physical appearance, attaining a more ‘youthful’ look, and a boost in self-esteem. However, making the decision to have plastic surgery isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly.
Below are 6 things you should consider:
- Do the positive advantages exceed the possible complications?
All surgical procedures run the risk of serious complications, and it is important to acknowledge this possibility. While there is always a chance, no matter how skilled the surgeon, doing your research and choosing a surgeon with a strong history of successes will help ensure that your surgery is complication-free.
- Have you considered all of your alternatives?
Plastic surgery should never be your first choice, and many surgeons will insist that you make lifestyle choices, such as getting more exercise, improving your eating habits, or losing weight if they feel that it will benefit you before having surgery.
- Do you depend on external sources for your self-esteem?
Plastic surgery can make you feel and look amazing, but if you aren’t satisfied with other areas of your life and are relying solely on plastic surgery to make yourself happy, then no amount of surgery in the world will be able to help you.
- Have you determined your expectations?
What do you hope to achieve as the result of your surgery? How do you think your life will change if the surgery is a success? What do you expect in terms of the surgery itself and the recovery period?
- Are your expectations realistic?
It is unrealistic to expect that your life will change overnight due to plastic surgery, so it is important to discuss your goals and expectations for your post-surgery life with your surgeon.
- Will surgery help you reach reasonable goals?
Again, plastic surgery is not an instant fix, but if you have feasible goals such as alleviating back pain after a breast reduction, improved breathing thanks to a nose job, or overall self-esteem thanks to a tummy tuck.
The best way to determine if plastic surgery is right for you is to book a consultation with a reputable surgeon who can help you make the right decision for you.