There is nothing wrong with cosmetic surgery as long as you understand the risks and benefits of the procedure, and have realistic expectations of the outcome. Cosmetic surgery can do wonders to improve a person’s self-esteem, confidence and emotional well-being. However, cosmetic surgery is also oftentimes done for misguided reasons.
There are many factors to consider before going under the knife. One if the things to remember is that most of these procedures are irreversible, while many of them can be reversed but your body part will definitely not look the same as before. If you are unhappy with your nose and are considering a rhinoplasty, know that the outcome is in the hands of your doctor. The same goes with any other cosmetic procedure, so make sure that you are going with a doctor that you trust and someone who people can vouch for. Never, under any circumstances, enlist the services of an unlicensed surgeon in order to save money. Many botched plastic surgery stories are caused by fly by night “doctors”.
You should also manage your expectations of the procedure. What do you wish the outcome to be? The healthiest outlook is for you to see improvements or enhancements, but not to completely transform you into somebody else. Some people have been shown to be obsessed with a certain ideal of beauty that they undergo surgery multiple times, coming out like a totally different person with unrealistic proportions. Many of these will turn out to have some sort of mental disorder and should have sought the help of psychologists before undergoing surgery.
You should also ask yourself: can I afford the surgery? The cost of cosmetic surgery is no joke, and can range to several thousand dollars. Most medical insurance companies do not cover cosmetic surgery, so the cost would have to be personally covered. There are also a number of follow-up consultations that should be done after the surgery, as well as medications. You should also be prepared for the eventuality that there is a complication and corrective procedures must be made. Likewise, you would be needing a fair amount of recovery time, an average of a few weeks to a few months. You should also take into consideration time taken off work or your social life.
You should also be prepared for any psychological impact that a change in your body will bring about. Some people will be perfectly happy with the improvement, but others may not deal so well with the change. This is why any person who is thinking about undergoing cosmetic surgery should ideally also consult with psychological counselors prior to the procedure.
Finally, before going under the knife, have a thorough discussion with your doctor. Ask all the questions you need to ask, and clarify any doubts that you have in your mind. Your doctors should be able to satisfactorily address all of your concerns to put your mind at ease and so you can be sure that you are doing the absolute right thing by yourself by going through with the cosmetic surgery.