According to the latest survey, millions of people have undergone cosmetic surgeries to enhance their overall appearance. This number is on the rise. Before you join the bandwagon, here are three things you must know and consider about cosmetic surgeries.
- What is your primary reason for the procedure? Are you doing it to make you look younger or is it because you think it would make you feel better about yourself? Some people have the wrong perception that cosmetic surgery is the be-all, end-all of their problems, whether physical or emotional. Some common procedures, like nose life or eyelid surgery can enhance your looks but it will not cause a major transformation of your whole face or personality. More importantly, when your issues are psychological in nature, like low self-esteem or no self-confidence, undergoing such cosmetic treatments will not completely address these issues. On the contrary, researches have revealed that some cosmetic surgeries have caused some emotional and psychological disorders to progress in severity. Motive is a vital information that you need to determine before you agree to have that cosmetic surgery.
- Are you healthy enough? Your reasons may be valid but undergoing cosmetic surgeries have corresponding risks attached to them. You must secure a clearance from your primary care provider before undergoing such surgical procedures, especially if you have existing medical conditions. You should also inform the surgeon of any maintenance drugs you are currently taking. These drugs may have hazardous interactions with the drugs used for the surgery that could place you in danger. Risks of cosmetic surgeries vary according to the following factors: type of procedure, age of patient, overall health status of the patient, and the use of local or general anesthesia.
- What is the procedure? Know everything you can about the procedure. Do not just depend on what the surgeon is telling you. Do your homework and research. Here are some questions you may want to ask or research on:
- Who will perform the procedure? What are your doctor’s credentials? Does he or she possess the qualifications of performing such cosmetic surgeries?
- How would the procedure be done?
- What are the risks, possible side effects and complications?
- How much would it cost?
- What do you expect to happen after the procedure?
- How long is the procedure? How long is recovery time?
- What type of anesthesia will be used?
- Where will it be done?
When you have completely and honestly answered these questions, then you can make an intelligent decision about whether to proceed with the procedure or not.