female-plastic-surgeonWhile alluring anti-aging treatment can be performed at a shopping mall, local spa, or walk-in clinic, opting for the convenience offered by such places can jeopardize your health. Treatments that rewind the hands of time, such as laser rejuvenation, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion are complex cosmetic surgical procedures that will often require an expert with medical training to achieve the best results. Although cosmetic surgery can boost your appearance, it is not for everyone. Cosmetic surgery often seems like the fastest way to shave some years off your looks or appearance, improve your physique, and look youthful once again. People who are not satisfied with their appearance can consider cosmetic surgery to help them look younger and feel better.

However, plastic surgery has its own risks and limitations that you should be aware of. Before you consider plastic surgery, you need to be aware of some things. This type of surgery changes how you look by altering some parts of your face or body that despite functioning normally, do not look as desired.

Things To Consider Before Plastic Surgery

First, know your expectations. You should anticipate improvement and not perfection. Do not expect plastic surgery to transform you into a rock superstar or Hollywood movie star. Otherwise, you will be in for a rude shock or massive disappointment. Do not have plastic surgery expecting to salvage your sinking relationship, rocky marriage, gain a promotion at work, or improve the way you interact with others, socially. If you are having a surgical procedure for any of the above reasons, then you will be disappointed.

You need to be aware of the expense involved, as cosmetic surgery is often not covered by a number of health insurance plans. Depending on which procedure you are considering, you may have to dig deeper in your pocket to cover the costs. In general, the cost ranges from a few hundreds to several thousands of dollars. In addition, expect other expenses such as cost of follow-up care, or any other corrective procedures done later on.

Before you make the ultimate decision, consider the risks involved. Dissatisfaction is quite possible after a cosmetic surgery. In addition, surgical complications may also arise, including excessive bleeding, infection at the site of surgery, and many others.

aesthetic-surgeryAfter cosmetic surgery, expect recovery after days, weeks, and sometimes months. Some physical effects could be part of the recovery; you need to understand them. Moreover, get to understand how this surgery could affect some aspects of your physical and professional life. While your self-esteem may be boosted after the procedure, cosmetic surgery will most likely not relieve depression or any other mental health issues or conditions you may have.

Now that you understand what to expect but still insist on pursuing cosmetic surgery, you could have a number of cosmetic surgeons you are considering to perform the procedure. Choose the one that specializes in that particular procedure you would like to be done. He or she should be certified in that particular specialty by a recognized board such as the American Board of plastic Surgery, or even the American Board of Facial Plastic &Reconstructive Surgery. Beware of unrecognized or misleading certifications or self-designated boards that are out to extort money from unsuspecting patients. They are medical quacks who will milk you dry and perform a shoddy job that may jeopardize your health and safety.

If your procedure requires general anesthesia, ensure that that particular operating facility that you are about to undergo the procedure in is accredited by national-/ state-recognized accrediting agency and licensed by your state where the facility operates.

Important Questions To Ask Before Cosmetic Surgeon

Once you have narrowed down your choice of professional surgeons, ensure you schedule a consultation or a number of consultations with various surgeons. Initially, the surgeon will have to evaluate the specific part of your body you want changed or altered. You will also have to share all your relevant medical history with the surgeon, including a list of any medications you are taking at that moment. This is also the stage where you discuss with your surgeon the desired expectations from the procedure. During the initial stages of consultation, be sure to ask your surgeon the following questions:

  • Am I a suitable candidate for this particular medical procedure? If yes, ask “why?” If not, ask “why not?”
  • Are there other alternative forms of treatment other than cosmetic surgery that might work better or just as well?
  • How many times or how long have you performed this procedure and what were the outcomes?
  • Can you share with me photos, before and after, so that I can get a basic understanding of the procedure and what to expect?
  • What surgical options are there? Tell me the pros, including cons of each.
  • Will the outcome be permanent?
  • Will I have to be hospitalized? If yes, for how long?
  • What anesthetic will you use and what are its effects on me?
  • Are there any possible complications?
  • How will you monitor my progress after the surgery? Is there any follow-up care needed? How long is the recovery period?
  • How much will this procedure cost?

All these questions will help you make an informed decision. While cosmetic results largely depend on the technical skills and experience of the surgeon, other factors such as the age and health of the patient and the condition of the patient’s skin affect the results of the procedure. A dermatologist will typically tell you what to expect after visually and physically examining your skin and gathering your medical history. Moreover, the dermatologist will also let you know what procedure will produce the desired results and if it is appropriate for you. Nevertheless, a combination of various techniques often delivers the best results.

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Cosmetic Surgery For A Better You

For the best outcome, try to communicate the results you seek so that your surgeon knows exactly what to do. Photos will often help paint a clear picture of what you want to look like. For instance, if you desire fuller, youthful lips, try finding a photo of the lips you want to help you communicate your expectations to the surgeon and break down any communication barriers that are more likely to result in dissatisfaction. Cost should not make you attempt to perform a cosmetic procedure at your home. You should also understand that while you can purchase products such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion kits online, there is little or no regulation for the sale of such products. Using such products in performing a cosmetic procedure at home may result in scarring or discoloration, which may produce permanent results.

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