What you should know about cosmetic surgery
According to the experts, asking such questions is normal, and it's
important to answer them honestly. In the end, you want to be
comfortable with your decision.
In most cases thare are really no right or wrong answers, rather, the more honest the individual is, the more insight there is.
What makes you truly ready for surgery? Good Health Weekly has
the questions and useful tips to consider before accepting cosmetic
surgery and heading into the operating room.
1. Are you or is someone close to you going through significant
life changes? If so, you might want to put off any cosmetic procedures
until things settle down.
2. Are you making an impulsive decision? Plastic surgery may not
be suitable for patients who have been treated for any dependency or
mental health condition in the past.
3. Are you doing this for yourself or for someone else? If
someone is pressuring you into surgery, you should resist. It is
ethically mandatory that surgery be what the patient wants, not
4. What are your goals? You need to be honest with yourself. If
you are 57 and you want to look 17 again, you are setting yourself up
5. Is the outcome you are looking for radical and unnatural? Plastic surgery isn't like getting a haircut; it won't grow out.
6. What are your real motivations for the surgery? While an
operation can be a transformative experience, it doesn't transform you
into someone else and you shouldn't want it to.
7. Do you expect surgery to change your life? Surgery can give
you new confidence to face your challenges. But only you have the
motivation and the power to make changes in your life."
8. Are you prepared for feelings of disappointment, depression
or confusion after surgery? Even if everything goes well with the
surgery, you may not look like yourself and you may not see immediate
results. The new look may take some getting used to.
9. Do you know the risks of the procedure and are you willing to
accept these risks? You need to fully understand that things don't
always work out as planned. Remember, there are no guarantees.
10. If you do feel you're psychologically ready for surgery, do
you have the emotional and logistical support? Depending on the
procedure, you'll need someone to care for you afterwards, and to
voice your concerns to without worrying that they'll say.