you’ve been thinking about cosmetic surgery. Maybe it’s
something you’ve always wanted. Or maybe, to deal with the
physical changes that come with getting older, you’ve gradually
changed your mind. If you find yourself seriously considering cosmetic
surgery, you’ll need to do some research. Make sure you understand
the procedure, the risks, and the expected results. Discuss your
idea with your healthcare provider, not a plastic surgeon, first.
Make sure you have no pre-existing conditions that make plastic
surgery more risky. Ask your provider any questions you want a
truthful answer to.
All women will admit they aren’t happy with at least one
aspect of their physical appearance. It’s okay, and in fact
natural, to want to change how you look. And if you think the only
way you can truly get the desired change is through surgery, then
that might be okay, too. Some women choose to change lifestyle,
diet and exercise to promote change. But if there’s one aspect
of your appearance that really gets on your nerves—such as
a crooked nose—then you might be considering surgery instead
of lifestyle changes. With cosmetic surgery comes a slew of possibilities.
There is no predictable outcome with any procedure. You have the
possibility of being happy with the results of your surgery. And
there’s also the possibility of risks. With all surgery,
you run the risk of further complications. You’ll have to
consider all of these possibilities—and weigh the possible
positive outcome with the possible negative risks—before
you come to a decision.
Many patients don’t fully consider the recovery period after
cosmetic surgery. Be aware that the time it takes to fully recover
and to see the desired results after a surgery can be longer than
expected. You might be out of work for weeks, even months, in recovery.
You also might not see full results or the elimination for scarring
for up to two years after a surgery. Not to mention that there
are periods of bruising and bandaging immediately after the surgery
that can be unpleasant. Talk to your surgeon about the expected
recovery period to gain a firm grasp on the reality of the situation
before you make any purposeful decisions.
When cosmetic surgery becomes a feasible option, take a step back
and think about your reasoning. And really, be honest with yourself.
For example, if you find yourself driven by poor body
image, a lack of self esteem, or the desire to attain unrealistic
goals, you might want to seek a different alternative. If your
aim for the procedure is something that can be achieved through
healthy lifestyle changes, you might want to try those options
first. If somebody else, such as a husband or the desire for attention,
is pressuring you into cosmetic surgery, think about what you want
for yourself. Cosmetic surgery will alter your entire perception
of your physical self. How will that affect your mental and emotional
health? You need to be completely sure you want the surgery, and
confident in your ability to deal with the changes, before you
get in over your head. And most of all, if you must, you need to
choose cosmetic surgery for yourself and not for anyone else.