The road to plastic surgery is frequently paved with tears, lifelong frustrations, and watershed moments. When you speak to people who have had aesthetic surgery, they will often say that a life-changing event motivated them. The choice to have plastic surgery should not be an impulsive one. Just like any surgery, it requires a lot of forethought, research, and sincere motivation.
“I’ve always hated my…”
Every person can complete that sentence. Even celebrities can single out a feature – or two or three – that they’ve always hated. It might be a crooked nose, ears that stick out or uneven breasts. Whatever it is, you may have hated it your entire life.
Ideal plastic surgery candidates have been contemplating surgery for five years or more. They have spent years covering up their dreaded feature – or features – with makeup, particular hairstyles, padded bras, or body-shaping undergarments. When you know how much a certain body part impacts your daily life and self-esteem, you know if it’s something you want to deal with the rest of your life – or if you don’t.
“I’ve lost a lot of weight.”
Significant weight loss has many health benefits, but it has one definite drawback: loose, saggy skin. After going through all the work to lose the weight, many people are left disappointed with their new bodies. Although exercise can help tighten some areas, others may never bounce back. The longer you were overweight, the less likely your skin will be able to return to its original shape.
It’s not just about how the saggy skin may look, though. It can lead to infections, rashes, and back pain. It could also inhibit your physical activity.
“I’m not happy with my post-baby body.”
Pregnancy can do some major damage to a woman’s body. Skin discolorations, sagging breasts, stretch marks, spider and varicose veins, and the ever-so-unpopular midsection pooch are just some of the unwanted changes that torment a postpartum body. Some women only deal with these changes temporarily, while for others, the changes become permanent.
“You think I’m how old?”
Only teenagers try to look older. If people keep telling you that you look tired or angry, or believe that your sibling is your child, it can be depressing. We all want to look our age – if not younger! We also want to look as young as we feel.
In the age of endless selfies, we spend a lot of time examining how we look in pictures. If that’s not bad enough, thanks to social media like Facebook, we can also compare ourselves to celebrities our age – or even just people from high school.
Many times, those little things that we may be self-conscious about get amplified when we experience a life-changing event. Going through a divorce or having a spouse pass away is difficult enough on its own. When you want to reach back out for companionship, those little insecurities could feel like too big of an obstacle to overcome.
What are bad reasons to seek plastic surgery?
Even though it isn’t, many people approach plastic surgery as a quick-fix to any problem. Do any of these statements sound like you?
If I could only fix nose, my depression/anxiety would go away.
My husband/boyfriend wants me to have it done.
Kim Kardashian had this done, so I want to try it.
I think I need a little “pick me up.”
I want a quick way to lose weight.
Cosmetic surgery cannot cure mental illness or fix a relationship. It isn’t a quick-fix for your mood or weight struggles, and it certainly shouldn’t be viewed as something you should do because it’s trendy. Both surgical and non-invasive procedures have side effects. Unless you are positive that the outcome is worth the risk, you should not consider plastic surgery.
You’re sure plastic surgery is right for you. Now, what?
Whether you have lost weight, gone through a pregnancy, or simply aged, your body has probably changed a lot since your high school days. If you are confident that an aesthetic change is right for you, there are many treatment options to choose from thanks to technological breakthroughs in both surgical and non-surgical techniques. Consult a trusted physician to see what procedures might work for you, and then do some research. You can find side effects, patient testimonials, and before-and-after photos online.
If you have questions, we have answers. Contact us today to see if plastic surgery is right for you.