Introduction The ISAPS International Survey on Aesthetic/Cosmetic Procedures reports that as of 2014, approximately 1.48 million surgical procedures and 2.58 million minimally invasive procedures, or a combined total of 4.06 million have been performed in the US alone. Without doubt, the popularity of plastic surgery is on the rise especially in the US that tops the list of 8 countries surveyed, which includes Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Germany, France and Colombia. More and more people undergo plastic surgery and for myriad reasons. Celebrities go under the knife because they want to maintain their stature, their youthful looks, and to stay in the business for a long time. Others have health issues that will need the remedial measures that only plastic surgery can provide. Whatever the reason might be, it is strong enough to override concerns about possible complications, post-operative pain and protracted recovery. Be that as it may, there are advantages and disadvantages associated with plastic surgery and you should be aware of them before considering a cosmetic surgical procedure: Advantages of plastic surgery: 1. It is not as painful as you may have thought. Advances in medical equipment and surgical devices have made plastic surgery less painful than it was in the past. Most plastic surgeons will attest to the fact that most of their patients are no longer afraid of going under the knife as pain threshold has been considerably reduced compared to how it was 10 or 20 years ago. As an example, if you had face or breasts plastic surgery intervention, you can only feel pain for about 24 hours and simple painkillers prescribed by your surgeon can easily relieve the pain. 2. There are plastic surgery interventions beneficial for your health While most people usually opt for plastic surgery to achieve aesthetic goals, it is important to know that it can also help you correct a health issue. A breast reduction procedure is recommended when your breasts are too big and heavy for your size and puts a lot of pressure on the spine causing back and neck pain. Undergoing reduction can remove the pain while also giving you more proportionate breasts. The repulsive scars caused by horrific accidents or burns in your face or body can only be eliminated through reconstructive plastic surgery that will utilize skin grafts. Women who went through mastectomy due to breast cancer routinely go through breast reconstructive surgery to get new breasts and restore physical and emotional balance. Breasts are symbols of femininity and restoring it gives renewed hope and normalcy that can help patient find the emotional strength to face her most important battle against breast cancer. 3. Plastic surgery can help you get rid of sagging skin Every day you get inundated with advertisements promoting magic creams, exercise regimens, slimming massages and facials that promise to be the solution to saggy face, abdomen, buttocks and so on. It doesn’t work! Simply put, sagging skin can only be corrected with the help of plastic surgery and nothing else. If you were overweight, obese or lost considerable of weight, you will have a lot of loose and saggy skin. Going to the gym won’t help you get rid of it, especially if you don’t have good skin elasticity. The only solution for unwanted sagging skin is a surgical intervention. Among the most requested plastic surgeries is the tummy tuck, which involves the removal of excess skin and fat tissue in the abdomen as well as the tightening of weakened abdominal muscles. After massive weight loss due to bariatric surgery or extreme dieting, the subcutaneous tissues will lose elasticity and produce the sagginess. The problem is not just aesthetic. Excessive loose and saggy skin also have detrimental effects on your quality of life, rendering simple activities, light exercise and even walking, difficult as it affects mobility. It also impacts on your health as it puts you at risk to skin infections. All these issues can be corrected with a series of plastic surgery interventions such as tummy tuck, thighs lift, buttock lift, breasts lift, liposuction and upper arms lift. The sagging skin after dramatic weight loss can negatively affect the emotional state of the patient. It is not only an aesthetic issue, but also a functional one. If not removed, the excess skin resulting from bariatric surgery diminishes the joy of having lost substantial weight because the body would still look unappealing. For this reason, more and more patients in this situation are ready to undergo plastic surgery procedures to improve the shape and tonus of the skin and acquire a firmer, more contoured body. According to the specialists in the field, body reshaping after massive weight loss considerably improves the emotional and physical well-being of the patient, which translates into improved quality of life. . 4. The results of plastic surgery are immediately visible and in most cases, are also permanent It can take you years and years of working out at the gym to get that six-pack you have been dreaming of. But then again, maybe not, because of that stubborn layer of fat on your abdomen that is resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction is a surgical technique that can be your overnight transformation as it reshapes and improves your body by removing those localized fat deposits. Clearly, the results after plastic surgery interventions are immediate. You can get bigger breasts, a perkier, more rounded butt or tiny, shapely waist with a simple procedure. Of course, the recovery period takes about two weeks, but in as short as a couple of hours, you can see the marked improvement in that part of your body enhanced by plastic surgery. The results are also permanent in most cases, for breast and buttock augmentation with implants, and different types of lifts, but it naturally carries a caveat. To maintain the beneficial effects of plastic surgery, the patient must be willing to make lifestyle changes, eat healthy, exercise regularly and maintain a stable weight. Disadvantages of Plastic Surgery: 5. The prohibitive costs of plastic surgery interventions In most cases, plastic surgery is not covered by health insurance plans and the cost varies depending on the procedure being performed. It is definitely not a drop in the bucket! It can amount to several tens of thousands of dollars. When considering the costs of the intervention, you also need to add the costs of recovery, post-operative care and revision surgeries that might be needed. 6. Plastic surgery interventions won’t transform you into someone else Plastic surgery is not a fairy godmother that can transform you with a flick of the wand. You shouldn’t expect to get a completely new face or body after a plastic surgery intervention. Having realistic expectations about what the surgery can do for you is the first step towards a successful intervention. Undergoing plastic surgery to look more like your favorite celebrity is not a good idea. Expecting to have a completely new personality or life after plastic surgery is like reaching for the moon. What plastic surgery aims to do is correct your imperfections and improve your appearance so you will look your optimal best. Trying to become someone else with the help of plastic surgery should be avoided at all cost. 7. Plastic surgery interventions have risks Just like any surgical intervention, plastic surgery is not risk-free. The most common complications are excessive bleeding, infection at the incision site, necrosis and adverse reactions to the anesthetic. Each plastic surgery intervention comes with its own set of particular complications such as loss of sensitivity in the treated area and contour irregularities for liposuction procedures. A breast and buttock augmentation with implants runs the risks of capsular contracture, as well as possible rupture and implant leakage. Edema, seroma and hematoma are also potential complications of plastic surgery interventions that are preventable in some cases, and treatable in others. Swelling and bruising are common after effects following plastic surgery since the tissues experience trauma and injury and need time to heal and get back to shape. There is no cause for worry if the swelling does not disappear in a few days. It can take upwards to a few weeks and even months for the swelling to go away, especially if we are talking about complex or multiple interventions. Conclusion The person willing to undergo plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures to improve a particular aspect of her body or face should do thorough research and gather as much information about the interventions before going to see a plastic surgeon. Information is available online at specialized sites or from people who have gone through that type of intervention in the past. Plastic surgery is an elective rather than an emergency procedure, so there is no reason to make rush decisions about the surgeon who will perform the procedure and the type of intervention. The decision to undergo plastic surgery should be carefully studied and weighed and the patient should be fully aware of all the risks and complications vis-à-vis expected benefits before scheduling the procedure. Keep in mind that plastic surgery has benefits, as well as disadvantages, and overlooking one in favor of the other can prevent you from achieving best results after surgery.