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What to Consider Before Getting Cosmetic Surgery

What to Consider Before Getting Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery can help you look better, but it isn’t right for everyone. After all, a cosmetic procedure is a life-changing decision that requires lots of careful forethought and planning. There are many factors to consider, such as what kind of procedure you want, how to find the right surgeon, and what you should ask your surgeon prior to the procedure. In this article, we want to make sure you know what to consider before getting cosmetic surgery. 

Many people who undergo cosmetic surgery experience higher self-esteem and elevated moods after the procedure. However, elective plastic and cosmetic surgery, like any other procedure, carries risks and the possibility of problems. That’s why is so important to consider whether plastic surgery is right for you—and what you need to do to prepare. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, Dr. Finkel can help you find the best option. Here are 5 things to consider before getting cosmetic surgery. 

What to Consider Before Getting Cosmetic Surgery

Your aesthetic goals and general well-being

Anyone considering cosmetic surgery should be healthy going into it. Women and men who are in the following categories are good candidates for cosmetic surgery: 

  • Nonsmokers
  • At a stable weight, fit, and healthy overall
  • Those who have reasonable expectations about their goals
  • Those who want to improve their physical appearance. 

If you’re trying to lose a lot of weight or are planning a pregnancy, you might want to put off cosmetic surgery until you’ve achieved your goals. Your cosmetic benefits will be harmed if you gain or lose a lot of weight following surgery. You can lower your chance of problems by losing weight before surgery.

Your mindset and expectations

To have a good experience, you must have the appropriate mentality. Cosmetic surgery is a personal option that will help you feel better about yourself; very often, it is not something that people truly need. You may already be the greatest version of yourself without cosmetic surgery, but if anything bothers you enough to consider surgery, you’ve taken a big step forward.

Cosmetic surgery can improve your quality of life, but as with any medical treatment, careful consideration should be given before proceeding. There are dangers involved with surgery, recuperation takes time, and you may need repeated surgeries. Remember: plastic and cosmetic surgery will not transform you into a more attractive version of yourself or fix difficulties in other areas of your life.

Expect progress rather than perfection. You’ll be disappointed if you anticipate cosmetic surgery to convert you into a movie star. Always keep realistic expectations, and don’t expect surgery to salvage your marriage, get you a promotion, or enhance your social life.

Check your surgeon’s qualifications

You should always make sure your plastic surgeon is on the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) or board-certified with the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery (ABFPS). Other formal-sounding boards may look convincing, but you shouldn’t confuse these with genuine certifications. No certifying board has the term “cosmetic surgery” in it, so be on the lookout for any of these unofficial boards. Any doctor can promote oneself as a cosmetic physician, so it’s important to check for qualifications.

These cosmetic physicians may have attended courses to broaden their field of practice, but they are not the same as a six-year approved surgical residency program. By selecting an ABPS-certified plastic surgeon, you can be confident that you will be working with a skilled, highly-trained cosmetic surgeon who will operate in a licensed surgical facility with licensed anesthesiologists, nurses, and other health-care professionals.

Inquire about your plastic surgeon’s experience with particular treatments during your cosmetic surgery consultation. Cosmetic surgery can be performed on a variety of areas of the body; your surgeon should be proficient in the area you are interested in. Here are some tips as you get a feel for the surgeon and the facility:

Make mental notes as soon as you arrive at the surgeon’s office.

  • Is the office tidy, well-organized, and well-presented? 
  • Are the staff members welcoming, kind, and happy to meet you?
  • Is the ambiance welcoming and warm? 

While you’re waiting to meet with the surgeon, do the following: 

  • Fill out all papers completely and properly; the more information you provide, the better. 
  • Be sure to disclose any and all medical problems so that adequate planning and safety may be ensured before, during, and after your treatment.
  • Give a complete list of any drugs and supplements you’re taking, as well as any herbs, teas, or vitamins you’re taking to help your health.

The more you work with your surgeon before surgery to create clear, quantifiable, and attainable goals, the more likely you will be pleased with the results.

But keep in mind that even if you’ve done your research and chosen a surgeon you like at a price you can afford, the choice to get cosmetic surgery is solely yours. Make sure you’re comfortable with the surgeon and that you’re dedicated to the treatment options you’ve chosen.

Your post-surgery recovery

The amount of time you’ll have to miss work and the activities you’ll be able to do may vary depending on your operation, how long the surgery takes, if you’ll be admitted to the hospital, and the type of anesthetic used. It’s possible that attaining your objectives will necessitate the use of more than one technique to fine-tune the outcomes. Following your post-operative instructions to the letter can help you recover faster and get a better result. It’s critical to have support accessible to assist you with your everyday routines if your recovery requires that you do not lift or strain for a few weeks following surgery. For example, you may require assistance with grocery shopping, transportation, cleaning, child care, and food preparation.

Remember: it takes time for the body to heal, and some patients may take longer to recover than others. It may take up to six months for you to fully appreciate your results following surgery. It’s critical to plan your operation around your lifestyle and priorities. Avoid planning major occasions (weddings, beach vacations, etc.) too soon after surgery since you may not be at your best.

The expense

The majority of cosmetic treatments are regarded as out-of-pocket costs. If money is an issue, inquire about financing alternatives. Be wary of medical tourism and low-cost claims for plastic and cosmetic surgery outside of the United States. If something appears to be too good to be true, it probably is!

Before making a final choice, re-examine all of these factors including your surgeon’s experience and competence, expenditures, including travel and recovery, as well as safety and danger.

How to Prepare for Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic procedures can seem daunting, especially if you’ve never had one done before. However, there are a few things you can do before you go in for surgery:

  • Prepare for your procedure by doing some research ahead of time.
  • Make sure to eat healthy foods and avoid smoking to ensure the best results.
  • If you’re considering breast or body treatments, be sure to dress in clothes and underwear that makes disrobing easy and pleasant. (While the doctor and nurse leave the room, you’ll be instructed to undress pertinent parts of your body and put on a patient gown.)
  • Bring your medical history information with you, including any medical concerns that run in your immediate family. Ask if you can fill out your medical documentation ahead of time to make things easier. 

If you follow this advice, you will have a much better experience with your cosmetic surgery. If you have questions and want to speak with a double board-certified cosmetic surgeon, contact Dr. Finkel today! She can give you advice and answer any questions you have about your desired procedures. With offices in Phoenix and Chandler, Dr. Finkel has served Arizona residents for over 20 years. Call her today to learn more about her procedures!