The decision to have cosmetic surgery is huge, and not a decision that should be rushed. There are a lot of factors that you will need to consider before you decide whether or not cosmetic surgery is right for you.
Deciding if Cosmetic Surgery is Right for You
It is important to decide whether or not cosmetic surgery is the right option for you. People have cosmetic surgery for a variety of reasons, and you will need to decide whether or not you are happy to undergo surgery.
Want or Need
The best place to start with your decision is to ask yourself whether you want your surgery, or whether you feel you need it. This question alone can make a massive difference to your decision.
Some people choose to have elective surgery purely because they can afford to and they want to.
However, for many people cosmetic surgery will have a dramatic impact on their life. It may help to alleviate a health problem. Rhinoplasty can alleviate breathing difficulties, breast reduction can prevent and cure back problems and breast augmentation can increase confidence and self esteem.
Ask yourself honestly whether you need or want your cosmetic surgery.
Invasive or Non Invasive
Before you commit to an invasive procedure you may want to consider alternative solutions.
For example, before you opt to have liposuction, you should consider whether your money would be better spent on a personal trainer or a home gym. Before booking a facelift you should spend some time researching other skin tightening procedures that do not require a surgeon.
Invasive surgery is always much more risky, and you should be completely sure that it is the only way to achieve your goal before you sign the paperwork.
Most cosmetic procedures, even non invasive ones, will cause pain and many procedures will require ongoing aftercare for a certain period. Poor after care can lead to complication and a low pain threshold may make it difficult to cope with the physical and mental stress of surgery. Again, you should consider these aspects before signing up for surgery.
Discuss Your Options with Your Doctor
Before signing up for any kind of cosmetic surgery you should have a consultation with your family doctor to discuss your options. Most doctors are open minded and appreciate their patient’s need to look and feel their best.
Your doctor will be able to better explain the risks involved and the procedure itself, and it’s good to have an unbiased professional opinion from a trained medically experienced individual. You may also find out that there are alternatives that you had not considered.
Discuss Your Options with Your Family and Friends
As well as discussing your potential cosmetic surgery with your doctor you should also speak to your family and friends. Your family and friends will be honest but understanding of your situation, and they’ll know whether or not you really need the surgery that you are considering.
You should also try to find other people who have undergone the procedure you are thinking of having, as they will be able to give you a real life account of the procedure helping you to have a better understanding of the entire procedure and the experience of going under the knife.
Discussing your decision with friends, family and previous cosmetic surgery patients will help you to get multiple perspectives, which will in turn help you to make an informed decision.
Discuss Your Options with a Surgeon
Many cosmetic surgeons offer a free consultation, and once you have narrowed down your list of potential surgeons you should book appointments with them to:
a) Discuss your decision
b) Discuss the process, implications of and the risks involved with your procedure
c) Discuss the surgeon’s experience and expertise in the operation
You will find that your consultations, held in a clinical environment, will help you to decide whether or not you want to go through the procedure.
No one can tell you if cosmetic surgery is a good decision or a bad one, as each procedure is a unique situation. However, it is crucial that you take plenty of time to find out about and review your options before you make a decision as to whether or not you should have cosmetic surgery.