Cosmetic surgery is a special operation or procedure that alters or enhances a part of your face or body that you want to change. The goal of cosmetic surgery is to improve a person’s appearance and, thus, self-esteem by changing the way she or he looks. Although over 15.1 million cosmetic procedures (compared with 5.7 million reconstructive procedures) were performed in the United States in 2013(American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2013 plastic surgery statistics report) there is, without question, a stigma in American culture attached to cosmetic surgery and a hidden disdain toward patients undergoing these procedures. This increases our concerns and creates a negative mindset about having to undergo cosmetic surgery.
But the question to ask ourselves first is “Should a procedure that can alleviate concerns that have existed in our lives for a long time be ignored for fear of public condescension? “. If there ever is a solution to a slight improvement or correcting an imperfection why would we frown on them? The reasons people seek a cosmetic surgery procedure or a cosmetic treatment can vary as much as the individuals involved, hence, we only should be concerned about what works out best with us.
What we should be worried about how to alleviate our concerns about cosmetic surgery. We can do so by:
- UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO YOURSELF
The number one rule is NOT to substitute OTHERS’ mentality as your own. You have to come clean, ask yourself and understand the reasons as to why a cosmetic surgery is necessary. Are you just looking for a new or different body or are you genuinely hoping to attain self-esteem? Would such a procedure make you feel any good or better after yourself? You would be letting yourself down if u lived on others opinions. The greatest you can give yourself is loving and being happy about yourself. We are responsible for ourselves. Nobody will make you feel better than your very own self. Understand your inner you and after you have discovered the need for a cosmetic surgery procedure, just get it done.
2. FIND A GOOD HOSPITAL / SURGEON FOR THE PROCEDURE
Finding a good hospital with good records on success rate on cosmetic surgery could go a long way in reducing concerns and risks associated with the procedure. It is better and safer to entrust our lives to a qualified doctor or a clinic puts its patients’ interest first before its profits.
In the US, checking directories of the members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons highly trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery could go a long way in assuring a successful cosmetic surgeon is contacted. It is very important to entrust our lives to such professionals. I believe n body would let an unqualified mechanic work on his car. So shouldn’t an unqualified surgeon work on you
3. GET EXAMINED
Deciding to undergo a cosmetic surgery is not the same as getting a manicure or pedicure; this is a real procedure which usually comes along with certain complications and its associated risks factors. The outcome of a cosmetic surgery is never guaranteed and no surgeon can ever guarantee that. Be bold and confident enough to ask the surgeon about what to expect after the surgery and seek for his advice. It is true that techniques have improved over the years making the procedure even safer than before. Nevertheless you must seek proper and careful examination prior to undergoing any cosmetic procedure to avoid certain complications after the operation. These examinations prior to having the procedure taken could help determine if wouldn’t be safer to undergo such procedures or not.
4. GET THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROCEDURE, RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
Have an insight on the procedure and its potential risks and complications associated with it. Every procedure has its own complications that comes along. Hence it is very essential to have a prior knowledge of these effects before the procedure is carried on. If well examined and correctly prepared for the procedure then complications becomes rare. Certain procedures also requires you to take health precautions such as not eating certain foods, alcohols or smoke at a stipulated period of time. This further reduces the chances of getting complications after the procedure.
With the above procedures and the correct mindset, misconception and worries about undergoing a cosmetic surgery could greatly be reduced.