Are you a candidate for plastic surgery?

Last Updated: April 20, 2012

In today's competitive age where an attractive appearance gives you an overwhelming edge, it is easy to empathize with people who want to achieve these goals to realize their full potential. Besides looking good, the best outcome of plastic surgery is a restored sense of self-esteem and confidence that you never new you possessed.

Who doesn't want to look younger, thinner, and prettier?

13.1 million cosmetic surgery procedures where performed in the United States in 2010. Put that in to comparison with almost 9 million plastic surgery operations were performed in the United States in 2003, a that was a massive 33% increase from the previous year(2002). With plastic surgery so readily available, you can get rid of minor imperfections like those stubborn few pounds along with those undesirable wrinkles, or have a major revamped appearance by reshaping your legs or adding more "oomph" to your chest. It almost sounds too good to be true!

In today's competitive age where an attractive appearance gives you an overwhelming edge, it is easy to empathize with people who want to achieve these goals to realize their full potential. Besides looking good, the best outcome of plastic surgery is a restored sense of self-esteem and confidence

Associated risks and complications

Plastic surgeons are quick to warn that like any other surgery, cosmetic surgery is still a major operation and should be treated as such. Despite the aesthetic benefits that come with plastic surgery, there are associated complications and risks that can occur and the patient should be aware of.

Realistic expectations

Cosmetic surgery has many benefits but if you are considering this type of surgery it is important to keep your expectations realistic. Plastic surgeons do not advocate this operation for candidates with unreasonable expectations. Just because we all can undergo plastic surgery doesn't mean we all should.

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Equipped with realistic expectations, a reliable support network of friends and family, and dedication to self-improvement, plastic surgery can indeed contribute to your better life!

Surgeons may encounter individuals suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). People with BDD are obsessively preoccupied with a perceived defect in their physical appearance even if others reassure them they look fine. Common obsessions include moles or freckles being too large, acne appearance, or breast size.

In these instances, psychotherapy may be a better solution than plastic surgery to deal with the underlying health and emotional problems. Even after surgery, it is quite normal for the patient to be dissatisfied with objectively successful surgical results.

Discomfort and pain

Another important thing to keep in mind when you're asking yourself, "Is cosmetic surgery for me?" is whether or not you will be able to deal with the consequences of surgery. If you're not prepared for the short-term recovery period that can be quite painful and leaves you out of commission for some period of time, then perhaps you're not ready for plastic surgery. Besides the discomfort felt, bruising, swelling, and redness will be experienced particularly with major surgical procedures.

Scarring

Scarring is normally another important side effect that should be remembered. Ask yourself, "Will I be able to live with scars from my surgery that may never go away?" If you can't deal with the idea of having scars than you are not ready for plastic surgery.

Are You a candidate?

Besides the mental preparation that is so critical in determining your candidacy for plastic surgery, you're present health status is also another big factor. Major plastic surgery operation is no light procedure. With the associated risks of the actual surgical procedure, and the use of sedatives and anesthetics, if you have health problems due to such reasons as heart trouble, old age, diabetes, substance abuse, obesity, and clinical depression. This will significantly increase the risk of complications and thus your surgeon may deem it is not worth the risk to proceed with the plastic surgery.

Cost of plastic surgery

Another big factor is cost. If you can't afford to do have plastic surgery, then maybe you shouldn't. You must prioritize the things most important in your life, and although appearance is important, it is not a necessity.

Consult with a plastic surgeon

Consultation with a plastic surgeon or specialist is the most important step to determining if cosmetic surgery is right for you. Consultation periods will allow the surgeon to evaluate whether you indeed are mentally and physically prepared to undergo such a life-transforming procedure. Conversely, it also all you to make a more informed decision after the surgeon thoroughly explain the surgical procedure(s), risks, benefits and recovery and which sort of result would best suit you.

No quick fix

Although there have been infinite accounts of people experiencing greater joy and happiness because of their plastic surgery procedure, you must keep in mind that you these people had realistic goals and patience to tolerate the lows of recovery before experiencing the highs. Plastic surgery alone won't make you feel better about yourself, it is not a magic bullet that will change your whole life.

But equipped with realistic expectations, a reliable support network of friends and family, and dedication to self-improvement, plastic surgery can indeed contribute to your better life!

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