The New Year is here and you have decided to go for it! You are having some work done and you know just what you want. Plastic surgery is a big decision and there are a lot of things to consider.
Cosmetic surgery can be a great way to shave years off your appearance or improve your body contour.
If you feel dissatisfied with your appearance, cosmetic surgery will not only help you look great, but you will also feel great. Numerous studies have shown that plastic surgery is highly effective in enhancing self esteem and body image among patients.
However, with any medical procedure cosmetic surgery carries a certain degree of risks and has some restrictions. Plastic surgery alters your appearance that usually, but not always functions normally. Before embarking on your New Year’s resolution, these are a few things to consider before the day of your surgery:
Anticipated ExpenseThis should be a primary concern because cosmetic surgery generally will not be covered by most health insurance plans. Exceptions to this rule include procedures that are reconstructive and medically necessary. The cost varies widely and depends on the surgery and can range anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Expectations of Your ResultsIt is healthy to go into this with an open mind and expect a marked improvement, which is a far cry from perfection. There are many things that a cosmetic procedure will not accomplish for you. For example, do not expect a surgery to turn you into a movie star, save a marriage, or get you a promotion. Most candidates do this for themselves to improve their self-esteem.
Inherent Surgical RisksDissatisfaction is indeed a risk and is possible after your procedure. This is where realistic expectation comes into play. The better your expectations and attitude, the better your result is likely to be. Because this is a medical issue, surgical complications may also present as excessive surgical site bleeding or infection.
Post-Operative RecoveryFollowing your cosmetic surgery, your body may require weeks or months of recovery. At this point, it is important to fully understand the physical as well as psychological impact of a plastic surgery.