If you’re wondering if you should get plastic surgery, you need to start here – with the basics! These tips will help you figure out if you’re getting plastic surgery for the right reasons.
“It’s good to have options, and as long as we make informed choices and have reasonable expectations about what plastic surgery can accomplish, I am in favor of it,” says Dr Nieca Goldberg in Dr. Nieca Goldberg’s Complete Guide to Women’s Health. “But not everyone is a good candidate for plastic surgery for physical, emotional, or psychological reasons.”
That’s why two of the best places to start are by doing your background research and finding the right plastic surgeon for you. Make sure you discuss the benefits and drawbacks of surgery with your potential surgeon – and spend time on his or her website.
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And, here are a few tips for women considering augmentations, tucks, or lifts…
Thinking About Getting Plastic Surgery? The Best Place to Start
Needless to say, plastic surgery is a very big step! In some ways, it is vaguely similar to getting a tattoo, in that you are choosing to physically alter your appearance – often in a permanent way.
Plastic surgery is something that many women decide to do at one point or another, whether to recover from an injury or illness, reduce the physical effects of aging, or even simply change or improve appearances out of a raw desire to do so. Popular plastic surgery procedures include liposuction, breast augmentation, collagen injections, and numerous others.
Here are a few things to consider when deciding if plastic surgery is right for you…
Do Your Background Research
There are numerous websites out there, such as AboutPlasticSurgery, that contain lots of information about plastic surgery and how you need to prepare for it. Your surgery is not only about going to the doctor one day and coming out with fewer wrinkles or larger breasts!
You will likely want to maintain a ritual with your health and habits (things like temporarily quitting smoking are recommended) in the weeks leading up to your surgery, in order to best prepare for the changes your body will undergo. You will also want to make sure that you are equipped with any pain medication that you will need after your surgery, and take steps to maximize your comfort following the procedure.
Find the Right Plastic Surgeon
It can be difficult to choose a trustworthy doctor in any field, simply because in online and print advertisements they all seem great. No doctor is going to indicate his or her own shortcomings! It’s up to you as the patient to do some looking around and try to find the best doctor for your situation.
Here are a few tips for choosing a surgeon:
- Don’t be mistrustful, but don’t take the doctor’s words blindly, either. Ask people you know who have had plastic surgery which doctors they’ve used. Get a personal recommendation from a trustworthy source.
- Consult an online search mechanism. Websites like aboutplasticsurgery.com sometimes contain nationwide searches where you can locate relevant doctors in your area for your particular surgery. This can give you a more specific idea about which doctors to look into. With their names in hand, you can set about meeting them and researching them to make sure that you want to trust them with your plastic surgery.
If you’re thinking about plastic surgery, don’t make an impulsive decision! Discuss the pros and cons with a couple of different plastic surgeons, and choose the one who feels “right” to you.
Make sure you’re getting plastic surgery for the right reasons
Did you know plastic surgery can be addictive? Here’s what one cosmetic surgeon says…
“Plastic surgery is addictive when the patient has unrealistic expectations and is doing more harm than good to her appearance,” says Dr. Robert Guida in Addicted to Plastic Surgery – Signs of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. “One or two nose jobs is okay and can be necessary, especially if someone had a botched job from a poor plastic surgeon the first time. But nine or ten nose jobs? That’s completely unnecessary and the person is seeking a look that is not achievable or not natural looking. It could actually make them look worse.”
Plastic surgery – whether it’s breast augmentations or nose jobs – isn’t in and of itself addictive. In fact, it can be a healthy, positive choice! But, if you have body image issues, you need to make sure you’re getting plastic surgery for the right reasons.
Not sure what an augmentation, dermabrasion, tummy tuck, or rhinoplasty is? Read Types of Plastic Surgery for Women – From Tucks to Dermabrasion.
What do you think about getting plastic surgery? Comments welcome below…
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