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Thinking of getting cosmetic surgery? Read this

While cosmetic surgery has grown in popularity over time, it feels like in this decade it has crossed the threshold from being something only accessible to the great and the good, to being something available to all. The taboo and stigma that once surrounded cosmetic surgery has also gone and people are able to be much more open and transparent about their experiences – both good and bad.

It’s important to note that “going under the knife” is both safer than it has ever been before, yet also something that still warrants careful consideration – no matter how commonplace. Electing to have cosmetic surgery is a very personal decision and it deserves the time and thought that is attributed to any other form of medical procedure.

In this article we want to be clear about how best to go about researching and coming to a decision with regards to cosmetic surgery. And that’s best done by asking the honest, hard questions.

Why do you feel cosmetic surgery is for you?

The best starting point is always with the question, “why”. Most patients feel the need to improve their self-image, gain confidence and build a sense of comfort in their own skin. Others may be choose to pursue surgery to look younger.

No matter what the reason, it is crucial to take adequate time to consider that “why” deeply and ask if you have the right motives before rushing into action without understanding the risks, recovery time and consequences – both physical and financial.

Is the driver internal or from an external influence?

Whatever the reasons for cosmetic surgery, it’s always necessary to ask whether the beneficiary of the treatment is you – or someone else. Investing in cosmetic surgery to please, appease or satisfy someone else is never recommended and it won’t make you happy in the long run.

Is your health up to it?

In the case of invasive, surgical treatments, it’s important to be in the best physical health possible before going in for the procedure. Surgeries – particularly those requiring a general anaesthetic – come with risks that are worsened by poor health.

Typically, you will be assessed before you are considered a good candidate for surgery. Be honest about your medical history and current state of mind to ensure a clear picture of your health can be established.

Have you read up on the specifics of a procedure?

Even if you’re the type of person who’s squeamish around surgery, needles or people in white coats, it’s critical to carry out research into your chosen cosmetic surgery. While your surgeon should always be available to answer any questions you may have, taking the time to read up on the subject matter first will also give you a more rounded perspective on what lies ahead – be it the surgical process, the recovery time, success rates, etc.

Do you understand the risks?

Every type of surgery has the potential for complications. Infection, necrosis, wound separation, fluid collections/abscesses and blood clots are among the many issues that people report in the small percentage of cases where things don’t go smoothly. This is, of course, more applicable to invasive surgeries such as tummy tucks rather than non-invasive treatments.

If the risk or the recovery time feels too great, why not investigate alternative options that can achieve similar results. A great example is Morpheus8. What is Morpheus 8 you ask; it’s a skin tightening treatment that gently heats the skin using a hand-held device.

Are you expecting too much?

One thing that is important to note is that no surgery will right all your wrongs. Even if you are delighted with the results, don’t assume that an altered figure or facial feature will magically improve your self esteem or build confidence. Understand that cosmetic surgery tackles a specific issue. If that’s all you expect when you undergo the procedure, then great!