As we get older, it is unfortunately all too easy to start losing confidence in ourselves and our physical appearance. Wrinkles and fine lines are just a few of the potentials that we need to consider as we age. They are natural, human things, but that does not mean that we have to accept them or the negative feelings that we may have about them.
While there does seem to be a lot of social stigmas surrounding getting plastic surgery procedures, today I would like to cover why that is really a shame. You see, there is nothing to be ashamed of if you have gotten or want to get aesthetic surgeries. For some people, they are truly a blessing – particularly, those impacted by injuries that result in intense scarring.
However, there is not a single thing wrong with wanting it just because you seek an adjustment of some sort with your facial features. That being said, though, there are some things that you may want to keep in mind if you do decide to pursue it. If that sounds like something that could be pertinent to you, do be sure to stick around and keep reading!
- Check the Qualifications of Your Surgeon
Did you know that there are stringent requirements for becoming a certified plastic surgeon? You can see those here: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/patient-safety/asps-member-qualifications. Lately, though, it seems like many doctors are offering these procedures without necessarily having the certification to match their claims.
So, if you are deciding to get plastic surgery, it is not a bad idea to do some research in regard to who you want your surgeon to be. Check and see if they are certified, and do not be afraid to ask questions about it. A good one will always be understanding, and willing to assist you with your concerns and inquiries.
Just remember that there is good reason for them to be required to have certification for this field. Having plastic surgery on your face is a big deal, and if done improperly, could have resounding negative impacts on your life. We should always be cautious and do our due diligence when selecting a doctor.
- Consider Your Own Expectations
Something that many patients seem to lose sight of when considering these sorts of procedures is what their end goal is. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to get swept up in thinking that it will automatically improve our lives in ways that are simply not reasonable to expect – such as garnering you a promotion or improving your current relationship. Rather, we need to be a bit more grounded with our hopes.
What we can anticipate is to get higher self esteem and to feel more confident. This is especially true for smaller operations such as tightening up wrinkles or getting your lips touched up. The changes may not be immediately apparent to onlookers, but you will know that it has happened – and that should be enough, really.
Just be cognizant of the fact that we should not anticipate getting plastic surgery to entirely change our lives. While it is fun to dream of what we can accomplish after, it will still require action on our own parts. One of the keys to being happy with the results is to know precisely what you were aiming for – that being a change in appearance, no matter how minute.
- Think about the Timing
The recovery process for plastic surgery varies in length, but it will always take at least a bit of time. That means that we should consider what else is happening in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Are there any big events happening in the next few weeks? If that is the case, as much as it may not be what we want, it may still be a good idea to postpone the surgery for after.
Another thing to consider, here, is whether you plan on having a family. For those who can give birth, obviously that will have a lot of impacts on your body. Since there will be so many changes during that period, it is not a bad idea to wait until after that before you get plastic surgery on anything but your face.
- Think about Your Expenses
The process of finding a facial plastic surgeon and having the surgery carried out will likely be a long and arduous one, not to mention expensive. Of course, when it comes to these sorts of things, it is generally better to go with a higher costing surgeon who can assure quality. No one wants a botched operation, after all – and on the face, it would be a worst nightmare kind of situation!
That all being said, though, for most of us this will require at least some form of financial planning. It can help to ensure that getting plastic surgery will not place any strain on our wallets for important things such as bills or debts. For anyone who has a partner, you should probably inform them, if only to let them know about the financial burden that you are taking on. With careful planning, things can certainly work out!
- Ask Your Surgeon about “Stacked” Procedures
Do you anticipate wanting to get more than one plastic surgery, but you are not certain how to go about that? One option is to inquire with the surgeon of your choice about something known as “stacking” procedures. All this means is that you could get a lip job, nose job, and adjust wrinkles or fine lines all in one go, rather than having to come in multiple times and go through multiple recovery periods.
Now, it is not going to be a good option for everyone, so do be sure to bear that in mind before you immediately jump in. For example, if you are intimidated by the whole process or if you are working with a new surgeon, you may want to wait on this to see their work beforehand. Still, I wanted to mention them since they are something to consider if you are familiar with the doctor you are working with and trust them!
- Be Sure to Think about the Risks Involved
Now, as I have mentioned, there are plenty of benefits to be had from getting plastic surgery. However, it is important to acknowledge that there are risks as well. As websites such as this one can demonstrate for us, we should always be sure to keep that in mind as well. Now, what do these look like, then?
Perhaps the most obvious one that could happen right away is having an adverse or unexpected reaction to any anesthesia that is used on you. Obviously, this usually is not a good thing. Consult with your doctor to see which one they will be utilizing to put you under, and most of the time this issue can be avoided.
However, for the other risks, that is not necessarily the case. There is a chance that you could get an infection while healing, for example. Additional problems that could rise up include but are not limited to scarring, excess bleeding, having fluid buildup, or getting nerve damage. Talk through this with your surgeon to hear the precautions that they take to help prevent these instances from occurring. There is never a “zero percent chance” of it happening, though, so take it seriously.
- Give Your Body Time to Rest up, After
As I mentioned above, everyone will heal from surgery differently. For some people it is very fast, but for others it takes a considerable amount of time. No matter which category you fall into, it is important that you give yourself that time to recover. Do not put excess stress on any of your surgery sites or incisions and be sure to take proper care of yourself.
The other fact of this is that you should not expect to look perfect right after the operation. It will take time to look its best, so be patient about it. I understand that this can be easier said than done. However, it is critical not to disturb bandages too early, lest you open yourself up to further risk of infection or bleeding.
Remember that it can take several weeks for swelling to go down in the impacted areas, and the same goes for bruises. Your skin also has to adapt to the change, so do keep that in the back of your head as well. Trust me, it will be well worth the wait!
- Make Sure You do it for the Right Reasons
To conclude our discussion today, I want to highlight how much it matters that we get an elective surgery like these done for the right reasons. All I mean by this, really, is that we are doing it for ourselves – not to impress or appease anyone else. If your spouse or partner is pressuring you into it, it may be time to re-evaluate that relationship.
However, if you are doing it for yourself, then you are already on the right track. So long as you consider all of the things that I have mentioned today, I am sure that everything will go fine. There are a few things that I may not have touched upon, so if you can think of anything else, never be intimidated or reluctant to talk to your doctor beforehand! Best of luck if you decide to go through with it, and I do hope that you achieve all of your goals!