Plastic surgery has become a commonplace occurrence these days. In Hollywood alone, cosmetic surgery has almost become a requirement in order to be more popular. Just about anyone can get a plastic surgery these days, sometimes from people you probably least expect. Before making the personal decision of undergoing plastic surgery, it’s advisable to sit down, relax, and ask yourself why you want it. It should be a personal decision and you must never do it for someone else or to keep up with the trend. Never allow anyone to push you towards a surgeon’s knife. There are many other positives things that can push an individual towards a plastic surgeon’s knife, such as: • To boost self-esteem or self-confidence • To correct genetic or acquired deformations You should never undergo plastic surgery if you are not physically healthy, emotionally stable, and mentally sound. Plastic surgery is a generally safe procedure, unless otherwise performed by a non-certified surgeon. Some lifestyle changes or restrictions may be advised by your surgeon before and after surgery. Certain medications such as aspirin must be discontinued, as well as bad habits such as smoking and drinking. Following your doctor’s advice is crucial in ensuring a safe and speedy recovery. Before going under the knife to undergo a physical alteration or transformation, here are a few things you must consider first: 1. Do a detailed research If there is a particular surgeon you have in mind, make sure that you know about his track record, experience, practice, and certification. You can always gather information about your plastic surgeon from the internet, especially on their website. Find a list of certified plastic surgeons and check if your plastic surgeon belongs there. Find out from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) if your preferred plastic surgeon is allowed to practice. Take your time to do a detailed research about your plastic surgeon as you will be entrusting your body in their hands. 2. Prepare questions to ask during consultation A board-certified plastic surgeon will educate you about plastic surgery and put you at ease during preparation. Just be open and ask openly. Take advantage of the consultation time with your doctor and share any information you believe can make the whole process a success. Don’t forget to disclose your complete medical history. Other questions you can add during consultation are: • Am I fit for plastic surgery? If not, why? • What is your experience with plastic surgery? • Are there any risks? • Are there any benefits? • Are you certified by a relevant body? • Is the facility accredited? • Have you experienced other patients with a similar case as mine? 3. Don’t make decisions based on price or marketing Don’t be influenced by discounted services. Ask yourself why an otherwise extremely delicate procedure can cost so cheap. You may be spending more in the long run when you undergo another surgery to fix the failure of your first one. Choose a plastic surgeon based on the reputation, experience, and quality of treatment offered. Don’t be fooled by low prices or false advertising. 4. Ask to see samples of previous work You should ask to see samples of your plastic surgeon’s previous work. For you to set realistic expectations you must be able to look at what your surgeon has achieved on a similar procedure. 5. Understand everything about recovery Failure to understand what post-operative recovery entails is a mistake many plastic surgery patients make. Ask questions about swelling, pain, and aftercare. Recovering from plastic surgery procedure requires you to consider a number of factors. 6. Be physically healthy When you are in optimal health before plastic surgery, your body recovers well and fast. Your immune system works well only when it is healthy. Make sure to get plenty of rest in preparation for surgery. 7. Drink enough water It’s recommended to stay hydrated before going under the knife. Eight glasses of water a day is a good way to stay hydrated and cleanse your body. You can reduce the amount of fluid intake a day before going under the knife so as to avoid complications during and after plastic surgery. 8. Avoid smoking and alcohol Plastic surgeons recommend that you do not smoke or drink alcohol weeks before and after surgery. These bad habits can prolong your healing period and also interfere with the normal healing process. 9. Have realistic expectations For you to feel happy after plastic surgery you are expected to have realistic goals. Most procedures leave scars and results cannot always be the same as each of our bodies are unique and respond differently to surgery. 10. Request assistance after surgery You won’t be able to perform certain tasks after plastic surgery. Get friends or family to help you with daily responsibilities such as household chores. Take the time to get proper rest for a successful recovery. Forcing yourself to move or work too soon can only aggravate and delay the healing process further. Conclusion Your surgeon should be able to advise you during the consultation and equip you with relevant information to educate you more on risks and complications linked with plastic surgery. This knowledge will better prepare you on what to expect and how to take care of yourself in order to have a safe, speedy, and successful recovery.