Pros and Cons of Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery

Not everyone is blessed with perfect skin, a cute nose or perky breasts. Every year, millions of women and men select surgical treatments to enhance, minimize, nip and tuck all manner of physical features. From face lifts and tummy tucks, breast augmentation and liposuction, to laser hair removal and botox injections, there is a procedure out there that can repair, remove, lift and smooth just about every inch of the human body.

These physical imperfections don’t upset everyone who has them, of course. But for some, they can shape poor self-image and influence low confidence levels. So how can you weigh the pros and cons of plastic surgery and make an informed, balanced decision about your beauty and long term wellbeing?

Considering Plastic Surgery

Consider very carefully the benefits and drawbacks of the surgery you’re interested in. Some men, women and teens find that their physical flaws seriously limit their social interaction and personal success, and have an effect on their overall self-satisfaction. While this is a common issue, when taken to obsession it can become a serious problem, and is likely more a matter of mental health than an issue of physical appearance.

Before plunging head-long into plastic surgery it’s incredibly important to consider your mental state, not simply what you see as your physical shortcomings. Sometimes, outer appearance can seem like the main problem, when in reality, it’s what’s inside that’s making you feel insecure.

Review Your Cosmetic Surgery Goals

If you’ve been deliberating about a cosmetic procedure, your fist step should be a careful and objective review of your goals, expectations and needs. Keep in mind that Hollywood and our beauty-obsessed culture can create false impressions of plastic surgery and its results. Not every patient will react the same way to the same surgery even with the same surgeon. A satisfied cosmetic surgery patient is one who understands that even a positive result will come with some drawbacks. The first important step to take in the process is to locate a reputable board-certified plastic surgeon and make an appointment for a free consultation.

Benefits (Pros) of Plastic Surgery

Clearly, the most obvious benefit of plastic surgery is improved appearance, improved self-confidence and better body image. However; there are no sure-fire ways to guarantee that you’ll get the results you really want. Depending on the procedure you’re considering, cosmetic surgeries are sometimes invasive and painful, and recovery time can range from one day to six months. Final results may not even be evident for as long as one year. Make sure you’re informed about the procedure, the degree of pain involved, recovery times, the cost of plastic surgery, and the total time it will take to see the long-term results.

Risks (Cons) of Cosmetic Surgery

Above all, it is important to know all of the dangers involved before making a final decision. While the procedures are “cosmetic” in nature, cosmetic plastic surgery is still real, surgery. Talk to your doctor. Be sure that you are fully informed about the risks involved.

The bottom line is that plastic surgery, no matter how minor, is still a medical procedure that can affect your physical wellbeing and health. While physical beauty is something we all appreciate and strive for, sometimes surgery isn’t the answer. Making a well informed decision with the help of a qualified surgeon can be one of the best ways to ensure that you get the most from your chosen procedure