So you have finally made a decision for going under the knife. The decision usually doesn’t come easy. Whether it is a facelift, breast augmentation, nose job, or neck lift, one toys around the idea of getting the surgery for a long time before actually lying on the operation table. If you are finding it difficult to make the final decision of going under the knife, here’s a list of some questions you must ask yourself:
1. Is your body growing?
It certainly doesn’t make any sense to get elective surgery on a body that’s changing and growing. Most board certified surgeons recommend their patients to go for Plastic Surgery only when their body weight, height, and breast is constant at least for a year.
2. What precisely do you wish the Plastic Surgery to change/rectify?
It is not a good idea to go for a surgery when you don’t know what you want. So have a specific idea of what you wish to get fixed. According to professionals at Plastic Surgery center, the happiest patients for plastic surgery are those who go for it to fix a specific issue. They also aim at normalizing their body than enhancing it.
Hence, if you wish to go for rhinoplasty, (nose job) for any of the following, it is fine:
– To impart balance to your facial features
– Help you breathe better
Similarly, a breast reduction surgery should be aimed at relieving discomfort than making a change. A plastic surgery should not be an option because you dislike yourself. The procedure is not a cure for a low confidence or self-image.
3. Is it your first option or the last one?
Did you do all that you can to help yourself? Doctors recommend their patients to make some healthy lifestyle changes such as taking a nutritious diet, exercising, and resolving physical or mental health issues prior to considering a surgery. Patients should never consider Plastic Surgery as their first choice. In many cases, working with a nutritionist, physical trainer, and/or a psychologist may help. It can also help in making your surgery a success. For instance, doctors suggest a BMI of 30 or under for any type of plastic surgery to be successful (produce desired results).
4. Are you aware of the risks?
Although very rare, surgeries have resulted in deaths. Since Plastic Surgery is categorized as a major surgery, it poses risks similar to other surgeries. Some of these risks include:
– Blood clots (sometimes fatal)
Around 5% of patients require (or want) more surgery as they are not satisfied with the results. In some cases, the second surgery is considered because of a complication that had occurred. It is crucial to know that a corrective surgery is more expensive and painful with no guarantee for results. Smokers should not consider plastic surgery unless they have quit smoking completely for about 6-9 months. This is because nicotine tends to interfere with blood supply making surgery riskier.
5. Did you do the homework?
Plastic Surgery surgeons are not equal. Some are more experienced than others, some have attained board-certification, have good reputation, and more caring towards their patients. When researching, you must consider the type of procedure you want. Thereafter, list out certain crucial things such as the cost for the procedure, time you can manage to take off of work, number of people you can have as your support system, etc.
– What if something goes wrong? – Can you afford to fix if the surgery goes wrong?