Diving off the high dive for the first time was an exhilarating rush. But, if you're like most of us, you probably climbed that ladder a few times before you mustered the courage to follow through and jump. Making the decision to have a plastic surgery procedure can be much the same way. Many people look into a procedure, find resources on plastic surgeons, daydream about what their final outcome might be, and research all of the possible side effects. All of this happens before they ever muster up the courage to take that leap. But how do you know that you're ready to move forward and schedule your procedure?
Knowing When You're Ready to Commit to Surgery
It's a big commitment to decide on a surgical procedure, so you should take all the time you need to research what you want to have done and what type of outcomes you can expect. Cosmetic surgery can dramatically improve your self-esteem and quality of life, but it's important to be realistic about the types of outcomes you can expect. You should also know as much as possible about recovery and other factors. Choosing to have surgery isn't a whim kind of decision. Here are some factors you'll want to carefully weigh prior to scheduling your procedure:
- Expense. Cosmetic surgery can be expensive and health insurance isn’t an option here. Prior to deciding on your surgery, you'll want to verify the total amount and how much you might have to come up with. You should also work with your physician to decide on a payment schedule.
- Motive. The basic question you need to answer is why? Do you want to have the procedure done to enhance your appearance and boost your self-esteem? Or do you want to have the procedure because someone else wants you to look a certain way? While plastic surgery can be a wonderful option to improve your quality of life, you should discuss your real reasons with your physician.
- Your Health. If you have health issues, you need to discuss them thoroughly with your plastic surgeon to be certain that the surgery is safe for you. Even minimal surgery can have risks and it's important to ascertain your ability to heal and your body's ability to recover from the procedure safely.
- Your Desired Outcome. Make sure that your expectations are in line with reality. This can be difficult in today's airbrushed world. Discuss what's possible and probably with your doctor. Often they can give you a very accurate picture of what the final outcome will be after you've healed.
- Length of Recovery. Some procedures will take more time to heal from than others. You'll want to be sure to allow enough time off of work so that you're not straining your body during the recovery process. Many people prefer to keep surgery confidential, so you'll want to allow time for bruising or swelling to heal, as well.
Taking the Leap - The New You!
Once you've thoroughly discussed your options and done all of the research necessary to determine that the procedure is right for you, it's time to set your date! Just like any big life change, choosing to have cosmetic surgery can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Make sure that you go over all of your post operation needs with your physician ahead of time so that you can be prepared to heal at home, without needing to make trips to the store for necessities. You should also make sure that you have a support system in place while you're healing, especially when you have a more invasive procedure. You may need a relative or loved one to stay with you for a while after the surgery so that you can rest and recover and there's someone available to check on you and get you anything you need.
If you've done all of the prerequisite research and studied the procedures you might want, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
Diving Off the High Dive - Are You Ready to Commit to the New You?