6 Things to consider before undergoing plastic surgery Introduction The demand for plastic surgery has been in demand for more than a few years now. The procedures have been improved significantly, general anesthesia is now safer than ever, and the benefits outweigh the risks for most patients. When considering plastic surgery to correct physical imperfections, to harmonize the body, or to improve features of the body, it is important to keep in mind some things. The results of the procedure, as long as your well-being and the duration of your recovery process, can depend on several factors. In this article, we will discuss six things to consider before undergoing plastic surgery: Is there an alternative to plastic surgery? A responsible plastic surgeon will advise the patient to first consider if there is any other alternative before resorting to surgery. Plastic surgery is not without risks, so the patient should ask himself if the procedure is really necessary or if the same results could be achieved in a less invasive manner. Keep in mind that you can lose weight with diet and tone muscles with exercise, but when it comes to excess skin, there is not much you can do aside from undergoing plastic surgery. It is a good idea to check non-surgical methods first before deciding to undergo plastic surgery; however, you should also remember that for augmentation purposes or to deal with saggy skin, plastic surgery is the only effective method. Plastic surgery should only be the last resort after trying other less invasive methods. Make sure to look for professional advice before trying on natural methods to improve the appearance of your body or correct imperfections so you won’t waste your time and money on things that don’t deliver any results. Moreover, even the plastic surgeon can guide you towards less invasive procedures during the pre-operative consultation depending on your needs and goals. Consider the risks and potential complications When it comes to improving the aesthetic appearance of the body, some people still see this in a trivial manner similar to getting hair extensions or acrylic nails. But things couldn’t be any more different. Most other cosmetic procedures that are performed outside plastic surgery have reversible results, or the results are just temporary. Plastic surgery delivers long-term or permanent results, and this means that a permanent alteration of the body or face is achieved. Moreover, plastic surgery is still surgery, as the name suggests. This means that a type of anesthesia will be used to help the patient not feel any pain and discomfort, and there will be risks, like in the case of any other surgical procedure. The common risks are seroma and hematoma, infections, excessive bleeding, delayed wound healing, wound opening, bad scarring. Aside from these risks and complications that are valid for any type of surgical procedure, when it comes to plastic surgery there are also particular risks depending on the procedure and what it entails. For example, for breast augmentation with implants, there is a host of complications that can develop such as implant leaking or rupture, capsular contracture, rippling of the implant, or visibility of the implants. Procedures on the breasts and other features of the body also come associated with the risk of achieving unsatisfactory results. What does this mean? In other words, the expectations of the patient may not be met by the results. For example, the breasts can still be too small or way too big after breast augmentation surgery. Each procedure comes associated with certain risks and complications, and it is essential for the patient to be fully aware and consider them carefully before scheduling their procedure. Make sure to discuss this issue in detail with the plastic surgeon and choose a plastic surgeon who is both experienced in the procedure you desire and board-certified to get the most out of your operation. Keep in mind that plastic surgery has limitations If your plastic surgeon gives you guarantees about getting an exact result, maybe you should look for a second opinion. A plastic surgeon can’t guarantee any result. Plastic surgery is a form of art that works with the tissues of the patient. Moreover, the results are dependent not only on the hand of the plastic surgeon but also the patient’s ability to follow the recommendations for post-operative care. Let’s take the example of a Brazilian butt lift. Even if the procedure is performed in a perfect manner by the plastic surgeon, the results and the final appearance of the buttocks are dependent on how the patient behaves during the recovery period. If the patient doesn’t follow the rule to not sit on the buttocks or lie on the back, the results could be altered and asymmetries can occur, despite the talent and skills of the plastic surgeon. The plastic surgeon can’t make you look like someone else or change your life completely. The aim of plastic surgery is to improve certain features of the body or the overall appearance of the body; all besides this is in the hands of the patient. A vast majority of patients are extremely satisfied with the results achieved with plastic surgery and declare that their life changed for the better after the procedure, but it was their attitude that caused the change and not necessarily just the surgeon. It is important not to expect that plastic surgery will change your life immediately or bring back a partner who left you behind. Cost of plastic surgery in the long run When you see the plastic surgeon for the pre-operative consultation, you will also get an estimate of the cost. In this estimate, the cost of anesthesia, materials used (e.g. implants), hospitalization, plastic surgeon and anesthetist fees, etc. should be included. What is not included in the initial cost estimate is the cost of ulterior plastic surgery procedures. Why think of additional procedures even before undergoing the initial surgery? Well, the reality is that the recommendation is to budget ahead. One of the risks of plastic surgery is getting unsatisfactory results or developing a complication, and in these cases, additional procedures might be necessary. You should be aware of this and budget in advance to be able actually to have the ulterior surgery in case you need it. Also, remember that breast implants, for example, have a limited warranty. After it expires, the implants should be removed and replaced. The scars left behind by plastic surgery There is no such thing as plastic surgery without scars. No type of surgery can be without scars. However, what is possible is to get an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon that will make the scars less visible by making them as small as possible and hidden in the natural folds of the body. Discuss the issue of the scars with the plastic surgeon even during the initial meeting and make sure to ask how many and where they will be positioned. The scars can be a turn-off for some patients, so make sure you know what you are getting after your procedure. Is plastic surgery your decision alone? Nowadays with the standards of modern society, it is easy to be tricked into thinking we need bigger or smaller breasts and buttocks. Moreover, it can also be family members or lovers that lead us to believe that we could use more or less volume on our bodies. Plastic surgery is not a cure for low self-esteem. Moreover, if your boyfriend threatens to leave if you don’t get bigger boobs or buttocks, then maybe you should let him go. Plastic surgery is associated with risks and will alter your appearance forever, so it is important for you to take this decision for you and no one else because you will be the one facing the consequences. Conclusion There are many things to consider before undergoing plastic surgery. Considering the fact that these types of procedures leave permanent marks on your body and alter the shape of size your body permanently, you should be well-aware of what is to be expected and what are the risks and costs. Moreover, make sure you undergo the procedure for your sake and because you believe it will improve the quality of your life, not to please someone else.