We live in a world where cosmetic surgery is the norm. Not just something that older women had and kept a secret, today it is very common for women and men as young as 18 to have lip fillers, cheek fillers, cosmetic dentistry, bum lifts, eye lifts, nose jobs, boob jobs, vaginal surgery – you name it, they pretty much do it while it’s great that this is no longer a taboo subject and people don’t feel that they have to keep it a secret anymore, at the same time the normalization of surgery has left some people feeling pressure to have a procedure done because everyone else has or it has made them feel inadequate about their looks.
If you are considering any cosmetic surgery, then it’s essential to thoroughly research first and make sure that it is something that you want to do and something that you won’t regret. Here are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you commit to anything:
Why Do I Need The Surgery?
Just because you want it isn’t the best reason. Think about where the idea came from and why you need it? Is it going to make you happier? Is it going to change your life in some way? Is it because other people have had it? Write down every reason you can think of as to why you need it.
Are There Any Alternatives?
Now you have your reasons why is there anything else you can do instead? If this it is for medical purposes, is there medication or alternative treatments?
What will happen if You Don’t Get The Surgery?
Do you need to have it right now or can you wait? If you can wait, then what will happen if you don’t have it?
What Will Your Recovery Be Like?
Will this surgery mean you won’t be able to drive? Will you need some time off work? How long will you be recovering for? Make sure you have discussed all of this with the surgeon before you go ahead and do anything, you need to know the full picture.
Have You Had A Second Opinion?
Have you only been to see one surgeon or more than one? It’s a good idea to see another surgeon and find out if they say anything different about the surgery you are wanting. It could either put your mind at rest to know you’re making the right decision or it could make you think of things that perhaps you hadn’t done before and could raise some concerns or issues which you hadn’t considered of or been told about.
Do You Need To Stay In Hospital?
If so, for how long and will you be able to have visitors? Will someone need to come and collect you to take you home? Knowing this information will also help your friends and family members plan their visits.
What Are The Benefits And The Risks Of Your Surgery?
As mentioned previously, make sure you know as much about the surgery as possible. Know what the benefits are and how long they will last. Will you definitely experience those benefits? The same with the risks, you must know what you’re letting yourself in for, and once you have all the information, you can make a final decision.
Also, find out the surgeon’s experience and level of expertise in this type of surgery, this might put any anxieties to bed or equally raise significant concerns.