Deciding to go through cosmetic surgery should be taken seriously and not be influenced by emotional issues in your life – like a divorce or an affair. This should however be the reason, nor the right time to make the decision to go under the knife. Also, making this decision should not be based on your desire to have the famous body part of the latest celebrity. The following is what you need to consider before making the decision to have a cosmetic procedure:
Are your expectations realistic?
In case you are expecting to look like a model or be sexier at 40 after going through cosmetic surgery, then you may get upset since this will not happen. This procedure will not necessarily get you accepted on that new job or get better chances on some online dating site. It does not mean, though, that this will not happen because the youth is more appealing. However, if that is why you are considering cosmetic surgery, you will be doing it for the wrong reasons. According to studies, the people who are satisfied after cosmetic surgery are those who are realistic about their expectations. They did not expect their new face or body to magically improve every facet of their life. Also, they do it to please themselves rather than others.
Can you afford the procedure?
Health insurance plans hard ever cover cosmetic surgeries. There are some exceptions, like breast reduction to heal constant back pain, and eye tucks -herein the upper eyelid flap sags to the extent of blocking one's vision – but that's just about it.
Going through cosmetic surgery is not like shopping for a good deal. For instance, if you have the surgery done abroad to save money, you can end up paying much more. You have to pay for travel expenses, and follow-up visits (which are very important) are not practical, since you have to travel to and from that country, or stay temporarily there until you have completely recovered. This can cost a lot.
What are the risks involved and how long will it take to recover?
All surgeries involve risks, while the time to recover can vary, depending on the type of procedure done, and the things you do to help in healing (or making matters worse) while recovering. These issues need to be discussed with your doctor. If he / she does not spend time to explain these matters to you, or just provides you with a list of possible problems, then it is time to see another doctor. You have to be aware that there are risks involved with all types of surgeries, and even non-invasive cosmetic procedures. You can not trust a doctor with your looks and well-being if he / she does not talk about the risks or give importance to your concerns.