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
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
can truly get the desired change is through surgery, then that
might be okay, too. Some women choose to change lifestyle, diet
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
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
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
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
a lack of self esteem, or the desire to attain unrealistic goals,
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,
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
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
and not for anyone else.