Everyone wants to look their best, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to change one part or another about yourself to feel confident and happy. Plastic surgery is a big step to take. It changes your appearance permanently, costs a pretty penny, and the recovery time can span weeks and even months in certain cases.
In this article, we’re going to tell you about all the things you need to know about plastic surgery, and the questions you need to ask before you commit to a procedure.
Manage Your Expectations
Granted, cosmetic surgery is a medical procedure that can dramatically transform your physical appearance. Even then, it probably won’t have too much of a difference on your life. Your appearance only goes so far, and the procedure itself will have limitations.
If you feel like you need it to succeed professionally, save a relationship, or that it would be your ticket to physical perfection, you need to reconsider your reasons for wanting plastic surgery in the first place.
The last thing anyone needs is to be stuck with a face they don’t like, for all the wrong reasons. It is, however, a great way to improve your appearance just a little.
Evaluate the Risks
Before you commit, talk to your doctor about the risks involved. Plastic surgery is an invasive procedure and it takes a while to heal from it.
Ask your doctor about any risks involved in your surgery procedure, and if there is anything you can both do to make sure things don’t go awry. Different surgery procedures are best for different kinds of faces, and you can ask your doctor if the procedure you want is the right one for you.
Know the Cost Upfront
It’s important to know how much the plastic surgery will cost you, how much you need to pay out of pocket and what your insurance will cover. Most insurances only start covering the cost of your surgery after you’ve paid a particular amount, if they cover your surgery at all.
Talk to your doctor about this, and discuss if there are other, cheaper plastic surgery procedures that would work just as well for you, if not better.
One of the lesser talked things about plastic surgery is that window of time between the end of the surgery and your new and improved version – the recovery period.
Many procedures take weeks, and even months to recover from. Is that something that you’re prepared for? You can ask your doctor to describe the plastic surgery procedure in detail so you know exactly what will happen to you, how much time you’ll need to recover and what precautions you’ll need to take before you’re fully recovered.
Find the Right Surgeon
When you start looking, you’ll find that you have your pick of cosmetic surgeons to choose from. Choose one that specializes in the plastic surgery procedure you need, ask about their past patients, before and after photos of those patients, and about the doctor’s certifications.
Be on the lookout for any doctor without the proper certifications, especially ones without a certification from the American Board of Medical Specialties, and steer clear of any doctors who seem shady. When it comes to things like this, the best approach is to trust your gut.
A few questions you can ask your surgeon are
- Is this plastic surgery procedure right for me? Why or why not?
- Are there any other non surgical procedures or ones that are cheaper that would work just as good for me, if not better?
- What surgical options do I have to achieve my desired results, and what are their pros and cons?
- Are there any possible complications? What are they?
- What follow-up care would I need, and how much would that cost?
Only after asking these questions and being satisfied with your decision should you move forward. Remember, plastic surgery might not be the solution to all your problems, but it can give you a confident boost and help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted!