Cosmetic Surgery: ready or not?

By Terri Brown

Firstly, you need to understand the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is about improving a person’s body for more symmetry and aesthetic appeal, while plastic surgery is more focused on repairing defects to reconstruct a normal function or appearance.

If you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery whether it be breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, facelift or liposuction, the choice to make such big changes to your body should be a difficult one and something that you take your time to decide upon.

Cosmetic surgery is becoming more commonplace but it is no small thing to do to yourself. You need to be in good mental and emotional health before making this choice to be sure that it is what you want and is not something temporary, influenced by something or someone else in your life.

If you believe that a smaller nose or larger breasts will make you more beautiful then you might want to consider doing some things to boost your self-confidence first because without self-confidence even once the nose or the breasts are the sizes you want you will just find other flaws to focus on and you will always be disappointed.  Work on your self-esteem.

Give yourself time. If you woke up this morning and decided to have a procedure this afternoon, chances are at some point down the line you are going regret it.

Plan Ahead

By all means, schedule an appointment for a couple of months’ time but give yourself time to really think about it.  This is not a spur of the moment type purchase, it is something that is with you for life.

Do Your Homework

Look around at your options, speak to people who have already had the procedure you are interested in and find out how they felt before and after.  Not only will this give you a clear idea of what to expect but it might help you shape a better understanding of what exactly what you want.  Do the leg work and meet as many cosmetic surgeons as you can to find one that you feel comfortable with and that understands what it is you want.  Experience does count here and the cheaper option is not necessarily the best option, remember the saying “you get what you pay for”.

Your Last Option

While cosmetic surgery may seem like the perfect and easy solution to your body shape problem, it really should be your last option rather than your first.  Other than the expense involved, there are quite serious risks ranging from serious scarring to death that can happen with some procedures and you don’t have to look very hard to find some horror stories.  Any surgical procedure has health risks – is it worth the gamble?

Try the alternatives first.  It can be as simple as changing your way of thinking.  What pleases one person will not please the next and differences are what make people unique and interesting.  Ready or not? Take your time.

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