3 Things to Consider Before Cosmetic Surgery
Hundreds of thousands of cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, are performed each year. Judging by these numbers, it is safe to say that many people feel that cosmetic surgery offers far more benefit than it does risk. In fact, modern surgical techniques have not only improved patient outcomes in terms of risk and recovery, but also in regards to overall satisfaction.
At the Plastic Surgery Group, we enjoy helping patients from the Denver area feel confident in their own skin. We understand that the decision to undergo plastic surgery is a big one. Here, we discuss a few of the considerations that can help you feel good about your choice.
What do you really want? The beauty of cosmetic procedures such as a facelift or breast augmentation lies in the finite details. It may be enough to say “I want to look younger,” but a better approach to getting the results you really want may be to take note of the facial features that are causing you to feel preoccupied. For example, do you which your cheekbones were more prominent, or that your eyebrows tilted a certain way? The degree of detailed information discussed with your surgeon ultimately leads to the results you want.
What do you really want? The finite details come into play here, too, because they enable you to determine your reason for wanting plastic surgery. What typically results from cosmetic procedures like a facelift is that the face looks approximately 10 years younger. A procedure like liposuction improves the contours of the body, but will not result in weight loss. Before consulting with a plastic surgeon, get to know your ultimate goal and reason for wanting that goal. This way, we’re best able to help you achieve it. On a side note, it is important to have realistic expectations of cosmetic surgery, and also to choose any given procedure for your own personal reasons. Having cosmetic surgery to please someone else of fit an ideal of what you “should be” doesn’t do much for your overall self-esteem in the end.
Are you sure you’re ready for change? There are very few cosmetic surgery procedures that can be “undone.” When the body is changed in any way, there is more than the excitement and emotional satisfaction of feeling better about your appearance; there is also a need to accept certain responsibilities in order to maintain your results. For example, it is important to adopt healthy lifestyle habits to keep the body contours gained through liposuction or abdominoplasty. Smoking is a lifestyle habit that should be dropped before any cosmetic procedure in order to promote optimal cellular regeneration.
We are serious about providing a high standard of care, and we do so in a friendly environment. If you’re ready to discuss the value of cosmetic surgery, we’d love to meet you. Call our Denver office at 303-399-7662 to schedule your consultation.