Cosmetic Surgery: Is It for You?

Millions of people have opted for various kinds of cosmetic surgery, but not all are happy with their results. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, it is important to know all of the facts and be prepared for side effects (both physical and emotional) of your procedure. Before you go under the knife, consider these questions carefully:

Are the potential risks and complications worth it?

There are serious complications possible for any medical procedure. Do your research to find out everything you can about the procedures you are interested in, and then be completely honest with yourself about the potential outcomes, ranging from best to worst. Would you be willing to accept the worst case scenario?

Are there other ways to get the results you desire?

If cosmetic surgery is only the easy alternative to options that require more discipline and patience, maybe you should reconsider. Improving your diet and exercising more can lead to a desired physical appearance, and although the results are not immediate, a healthy lifestyle can lead to long-term results. If you are younger, surgery might also be premature since your body is not finished growing and developing.

Do your reasons for considering the surgery hinge on self-esteem?

If you believe that altering your physical appearance through cosmetic surgery will also improve your self-esteem and confidence, you may end up being disappointed. Surgery might make you feel better about yourself at first, but the effects will eventually fade. Self-esteem is an issue that goes much deeper than external beauty, and it cannot be “fixed” through physical means.

Are your expectations realistic?

What do you see happening after the surgery? If you expect major changes in your life, such as people treating you differently purely based on your appearance, then this sort of procedure will probably be a waste of your time and money. If you correlate cosmetic surgery with a level of success or acceptance that you have yet to achieve on your own, then maybe you should re-examine some of your personal life goals. There are many things that are much more easily attainable and are proven to make a positive difference in your life.

Do you have a support system?

Most cosmetic surgeries have a recovery time ranging from days to several weeks. If you are married, does your spouse support your decision to have cosmetic surgery? During your recovery, you will need support and compassion, not negativity or “I told you so’s.”

Is your surgeon qualified and experienced?

If you do end up opting for cosmetic surgery, don’t try to cut corners and save money by using a surgeon who is not qualified. Do your homework and choose someone who is certified and reputable in his or her field. If you don’t, you might have to deal with the consequences of a botched surgery for the rest of your life.