Cosmetic plastic surgery such as breast augmentation, facelift, and liposuction is always considered a major surgery, meaning it is a decision you shouldn’t take lightly. Not only it involves some downtime, but also risk of complications especially if you are not careful in selecting your surgeon.
List of Do’s
- Find a doctor and be extra choosey. Confirm if he is a bona fide plastic surgeon, i.e., certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and other reputable plastic surgery affiliates.
Other ways you can conduct a background check: look at his before-and-after photos, confirm that he has a hospital privilege, talk to his previous patients, verify that his facility is accredited, and search him online.
- Know thyself. Know the real reasons why you want to have the surgery despite the downtime and potential complications. If your motivations are based on pleasing other people, most likely you will never be happy no matter how successful the postop results are.
- Be realistic. Understand that no plastic surgery can give you perfection, only improvement because your underlying anatomy has a large effect on the final results.
List of Don’ts
- Don’t be stingy. Focusing too much on the plastic surgery cost will prevent you from selecting the right plastic surgeon. Take note that your main goal is to find a qualified doctor who is worth every penny you are going to spend.
- Don’t rush into it. Plastic surgery is something that you should think over and over. If there is any doubt, you have to stop for a while and listen to what your “heart” really tells you. This is a decision that may affect your life and your self-esteem and body image.
- Don’t think that an improved appearance will improve your relationship. Some people think that enhancing their look will change the way others will treat them, their exes will take them back, or worse, their new look will be the “end all be all” of their quest to happiness.
- Don’t have it if you are experiencing a major life’s event. Cosmetic plastic surgery is only reserved for emotionally and psychologically stable candidates who understand the ramifications of their decision. There is no room for impulsive behavior when it comes to surgical enhancement because the results tend to be lifetime or near permanent.