Many people go under the knife every day and walk out with a new look or a fixed body part. For those seeking cosmetic surgery, it’s often seen as the only way to achieve their dream physique. However, for those who require corrective surgery due to an injury, there is much more at stake than just your appearance.
If you are contemplating having surgery you need to consider some factors first. I am not against plastic surgery or corrective surgery, but here are some things that I feel people should think about before choosing to go under the knife.
Firstly, consider your budget. Cosmetic surgeries can be very expensive and you must know what the costs are likely to be before you commit. By law, anyone performing surgery on another person must be qualified and deemed capable by the state to do so. However, that doesn’t mean that they are automatically qualified for cosmetic procedures or that insurance will cover them if there is an accident.
The next thing I would recommend thinking about is your health. This should be obvious considering the procedure you are considering, but it is worth mentioning that surgery can be very dangerous due to infection. It’s important to ensure that your immune system is strong enough to fight off any bugs that could pose a problem during or after surgery.
You must also set realistic expectations for yourself regarding the procedure. It’s important to understand that surgery is not a magic wand and you should not expect miracles. If you are having surgery to fix a broken leg, do not expect the doctor to make it as good as new – they will do their best but understand that there will be lasting effects. Likewise, if you’re having plastic surgery done, don’t expect to wake up looking like Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt. This is not the way that it works!
It’s also important to be aware of exactly what you are having done and to make sure you understand the risks and complications involved. Ensure that you know what pain and discomfort you will be in afterward, what medications you’ll need to take, what you should and shouldn’t do in the early days after surgery, when you’ll be able to return to work and what your recovery timescale will be.
Finally, weigh up the costs and benefits. This is an obvious one but you need to ask yourself if it is really worth it. Cosmetic surgery should only be considered if you are confident that you can return to your pre-surgery lifestyle without too much difficulty and you know what the risks and benefits are.
Note: This is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment! Please consult your surgeon or physician for the best piece of advice!