According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 6.6 million Americans have had plastic surgery. The most common surgical procedures are nose reshaping, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, and facelifts. Here are some things to consider before surgery.
- UNDERSTAND THE LIMITATIONS, AS WELL AS, THE BENEFITS, OF COSMETIC SURGERY. It won’t achieve perfection, and there’s no guarantee that results will look exactly as you envision. Don’t forget- those photos in magazines are usually retouched.
- HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS. Cosmetic surgery can reshape your body, not your life. Although an enhanced appearance may improve your self-esteem, cosmetic surgery won’t save your marriage or get you a better job.
- TIME YOUR SURGERY. Pick a time when you are not under exceptional stress and when you have emotional support available.
- BE PREPARED. You will have discomfort during and after surgery. Scars and the other side effects are also a possibility.
- REMEMBER: Cosmetic surgery has two words and the second word is “surgery”. There are risks.
- RESEARCH CREDENTIALS. Make sure your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Don’t be afraid to ask about training, qualifications, and credentials. Choose a doctor with hospital privileges. This means that their qualifications have been reviewed and accepted.