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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 someone else.

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 for disappointment.

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.