As the number of celebrities coming forwarding about their aesthetic plastic surgery increases, one thing has become very obvious: plastic surgery is rising, and it’s not going to decline or stop anytime soon. In 2015 alone, more than 1.4 million women underwent plastic surgery, according to the ASPS. However, before you make up your mind to go under the knife, there are a number of important factors you should consider. Most patients fail to do their research and thus end up with botched surgeries or pathetic aesthetic results. Remember, plastic surgery offers promising results; however, it is a major operation, so you should make your decision to go under the knife very carefully. Important things to consider before plastic surgery Don’t go under the knife for the wrong reason Aesthetic plastic surgery is elective, meaning it is not necessary. In other words, your health or life is not at risk due to your aesthetic flaws. This makes plastic surgery an optional operation. You have the choice to either undergo or avoid plastic surgery at all. You need solid and justifiable reasons to seek plastic surgery. Responsible plastic surgeons always advise their patients to approach plastic surgery as a last resort to address their body aesthetic issues. There are many patients who undergo plastic surgery for all the wrong reasons. Some women go under the knife because their boyfriends like bigger boobs or butts, whereas others do it to please other people. Plastic surgery is a personal procedure in that you should undergo the surgery only if your aesthetic flaw is leading to a drop in your self-esteem or negatively affecting your emotional wellbeing. Also, go for it only if the benefits are higher than the risks. With many procedures, the results are not immediately visible While some of the results of plastic surgery will be immediately visible, the full outcome of most procedures takes time to transpire. It is totally understandable because your body has experienced incisions, swelling, bruises, and scarring. You’ll be able to see the complete results only after the surgical areas have fully healed, and the swelling and bruising have fully disappeared. This particularly holds true for procedures like butt augmentation, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, breast lift, butt lift, and liposuction. The results of these procedures will gradually emerge in the months following the intervention. Are you in good physical and psychological health? This is a very important consideration. In order to go under the knife, you should be in the best of health. If you are suffering from any serious diseases, such as diabetes, cardiac disease, pulmonary problems, disorders of the blood, or autoimmune disorders, be sure to share this information with your plastic surgeon. Not doing so can create life-threatening complications during or after the surgery. Also, there are many patients who are in good aesthetic appearance but still think they have aesthetic flaws. Most patients are basically suffering from a psychological condition called body dysmorphic disorder. Plastic surgery will not help them because they have a tendency never to be happy about their appearance. Such patients will not qualify for plastic surgery. Are you fully prepared for the surgery? Remember, undergoing plastic surgery is a major decision. Before the surgery, you should be sure that you are fully prepared for the procedure and are fully satisfied with your decision. After the surgery, you will not be allowed to do certain activities for a few days or weeks. Your body will be swollen and you’ll be wearing compression garments. You may also be in pain. For example, you will not be allowed to work in the kitchen, drive, or do laundry for the first 3-4 weeks after breast augmentation. Instead, you’ll be required to stay in bed and take a lot of rest on your side and back. Are you ready for such a situation? Do you have the stamina to endure the post-surgical physical and emotional distress? Have you arranged for someone to run the household chores like laundry and cleaning? These are some of the factors you should think about and prepare for beforehand. Avoid many procedures at once Many women desire to solve all their body aesthetic problems at once. While you can have two plastic surgery procedures performed at the same time, undergoing more procedures can create more difficulties and discomforts for you during the recovery process, in addition to increasing the risks. It is therefore advised that you should keep your combo plastic surgery limited to two procedures. There are also many procedures that should not be performed in combination. Unfortunately, many plastic surgeons still perform them at the same time. Doing so only multiplies the post-surgical difficulties for the patient. For example, breast augmentation and buttock augmentation should not be performed at once. Consider the risks and associated complications Like all other major operations, plastic surgery entails a number of risks and potential complications. You should be aware of these risks before the surgery. Do your homework and discuss the risks with the plastic surgeon. If the risks are higher than the benefits for you, avoid going under the knife. Remember, you should use plastic surgery as a last option to enhance your body. The risks and potential complications vary from one procedure to another; however, there are some common risks of plastic surgery. These include infection, excessive bleeding, blood clotting, seroma, hematoma, pulmonary embolism, necrosis, internal organ damage, implant rupture, and poor wound healing. In order to decrease these risks, follow your surgeon’s instructions for post-operative recovery to the letter. Conclusion Plastic surgery is a popular but major operation. You can enhance your aesthetic appearance through plastic surgery; however, going under the knife for cosmetic reasons should be done as a last option. You should first try to overcome your aesthetic problems via non-invasive methods. If all options fail, you may undergo plastic surgery if the benefits are greater than the risks for you. Make sure to take the above-explained factors into consideration before seeking plastic surgery to address your aesthetic issues.