Don’t Cut Corners When it Comes to Cosmetic Surgery
The number of cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States has steadily grown in recent years, and it is now more popular than ever before. According to the ASAPS, in 2011, 1.6 million cosmetic surgeries were performed in the United States. Unfortunately, increased interest also means that there is a risk that some corners may be cut.
What is cosmetic surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is sometimes carried out to restore the appearance of someone who has been ill, or if a person has been in some sort of accident. In such cases, it is called reconstructive plastic surgery.
However, most people have what is called aesthetic cosmetic surgery, which is performed in order to achieve what they perceive is a more desirable look. This type of procedure can help enhance self-confidence, as well as mental well-being. The most common cosmetic procedures at the CETNER include facelifts, necklifts and rhinoplasty.
Making a decision
In the age of glossy magazine ads, it is very tempting to rush out and make an appointment with the first person that claims to be able to solve all of your problems. But before you do that, take a step back and think about the real reasons why you want to change your appearance.
The main thing to remember is that only you can make a decision about cosmetic surgery, and that decision should not be swayed by other people’s opinions. It is important to think carefully about the reasons behind why you are considering cosmetic surgery. Surgery can be expensive, time-consuming, and comes without any guarantees. That is why you should not rush into making such an important decision.
Before making a decision, we urge you to ask yourself the following questions.
- How long have I thought about having cosmetic surgery?
- Are there other ways I can achieve the results I want?
- Am I expecting the surgery to change my life as well as my appearance?
- Am I considering cosmetic surgery for myself or to please someone else?
Finding and choosing a surgeon
Once you have thought long and hard about your options, and decided that cosmetic surgery is right for you, it is time to do some serious research in order to find the surgeon that is right for you. First, you want to find a surgeon who is qualified and experienced in the type of procedure that you want to have. You want to find an experienced expert. Unfortunately, there are many clinics and surgeons who claim to be experts even though they are not, so it is important that you do your research and double-check your facts.
When you choose a surgeon, it is a good idea to make sure that they are board-certified, experienced, and a part of industry associations. You also want to make sure that your surgeon will work to acceptable standards of practice. If you are uncertain about the surgeon you are researching, you can always request more information. A true expert will have nothing to hide, and should be happy to assist you in your search. In fact, certain physicians, such as Dr. Azizzadeh, prefer working with patients who have done their homework.
Once you think you have found the right surgeon, clearly explain to him/her what you think is wrong, and how you want it changed. A good surgeon will answer any questions you might have, explain your treatment options, go over risks, and discuss expectations. You should only go head with the surgery if you are 100% happy with your surgeon, and if you are confident that he/she understands you and your goals.
After your surgery
It is of the utmost importance that you follow the advice your surgeon gives you about your aftercare. Speak to your surgeon immediately after your procedure, and make sure that you follow up on a regular basis. Remember that the healing process takes time, and that it might be a while before your body fully recovers. Do not worry about the final results immediately after surgery; just make sure that you follow the post-surgical instructions given to you by your surgeon. Depending on the procedure, it could be as long as two years before you see the final results. While you might be eager to see the final product, please remember that it is important that you are patient and give it time.
Making the decision to have cosmetic surgery might be one of the most important decisions you ever make, which is why it is important that you take your time when finding the right surgeon.