If you are considering plastic surgery, it’s important to keep in mind that it is a major decision.
Many people think about their cosmetic surgery for several months, or even years, before they actually make an appointment to get the process started.
If cosmetic surgery is something that’s on your radar, there are several things that you should consider.
Ask yourself these 8 helpful questions before going under the knife:
Can I afford it?
There are several different ways to finance your cosmetic surgery, you can charge it, get a personal loan, or find an office that allows you to pay your procedure using a payment plan.
Even if you find a payment plan that works for you, it’s a good idea to look at your monthly budget and see how your cosmetic procedure payment fits into your financial plan. You should be happy with the results of your procedure and if the repayment is causing you stress, then you might not be able to enjoy the benefits.
Why do I want it?
It’s important to be able to vocalize your reasoning for wanting cosmetic surgery. A good doctor will also want to know your answer to this question.
Many doctors are hesitant to perform procedures on people who do not have a healthy body image. In many cases cosmetic surgery is permanent or difficult to reverse. Make sure you know exactly why you want this done.
Do I know what the results will look like?
It’s easy to flip through a doctor’s book full of before and after shots to find the results that you want. But keep in mind that while you can ask for a similar result, everyone is different. Chances are that your results will be unique to you. Make sure you have discussed every possible outcome with your doctor.
Do I know the risks?
Most doctors will do everything in their power to make sure that your surgery is a successful one. However accidents can happen. Make sure you know the most common risks for the procedure you are considering.
Am I prepared for recovery?
Depending on the severity of the procedure you are considering, there will be various recovery times. Some are very lengthy and very painful.
Make sure you have everything you need to give your body enough time to recover from your procedure. You don’t want to rush back to your normal activity and risk your health.
Do I trust my doctor?
Putting your trust in a doctor to perform your cosmetic surgery is a serious decision. Make sure you know all of your doctor’s credentials and their history. See if you can view testimonials of previous patients. This will give you a good indication of what you will experience.
How long will my results last?
Some cosmetic procedures are temporary and only last a few months. You need to know how long your results will last to set a realistic expectation on how you can maintain them if your results are only temporary.
Am I prepared to follow up?
Even if a procedure is temporary, many of them require follow up visits to the doctor’s office. Either for consultations or follow up maintenance procedures.
Depending on the procedure it can be a time and effort commitment. Make sure you are ready for everything the process entails.