Figures show that more and more people are choosing to have plastic surgery every year. If you’re contemplating cosmetic surgery, here are some things to think about before you make a final decision.
Why you are having surgery
Surgery should never be taken lightly and it’s important to consider why you want to have the operation. Are you doing it for your own self-esteem and confidence? Or do you feel pressured by somebody you know or wider societal trends? You should only ever have surgery if you honestly believe it’ the best thing for you. Try not to be swayed or convinced by others.
The cost of surgery
Before you agree to anything, it’s essential to understand the cost and ensure that you can afford the treatment. Ask for a written quote before you agree to go ahead. Often, clinics offer finance options, which enable you to spread the cost of the procedure. Make sure you are familiar with the terms of the agreement and you understand how much you will be paying and for how long.
What the procedure entails
Before you sign on the dotted line, it’s wise to find out exactly what will happen when you head to theatre. Book a consultation with a reputable doctor and don’t be afraid to bombard them with questions. If you’re not happy with the consultant you see, schedule another consultation. You should never feel pressured into choosing a specific clinic or doctor. Look for a doctor with a good professional track record and experience and expertise in the field. Choose somebody you get on well with and feel comfortable around.
The risks and complications
Surgery represents a massive overhaul for the body and all surgical procedures carry risks. Any risks or complications should be clearly outlined before you commit to treatment. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon.
What you can expect
A good surgeon will always try and give you a realistic impression of what you can expect after surgery. Commonly, you’ll emerge from the operating theatre with bruising, swelling and redness. It’s important to be prepared. You may not see your facelift surgery results for several weeks after the procedure. It’s also essential to understand that surgery should never be a quick-fix. Media reports can make out that surgery is a miracle cure for anyone who feels like they would like to be more attractive. However, surgery carries risks and there are limitations.
It’s also a good idea to ask about recovery. Sometimes, it can take weeks, even months, to get back to full strength. You may need to factor this in when it comes to taking time off work or arranging help with childcare.
Having cosmetic surgery could change your life and this is why it’s so important to mull over all the details and make a well-informed decision. Find out as much as you can and don’t be afraid to organise a few consultations. Take your time, do your research and remember that it’s your decision.
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