It’s no secret that plastic surgery is a big decision that shouldn’t be decided on a whim. There are many factors you will need to take into consideration when deciding if plastic surgery is truly right for you. If you are considering plastic surgery you may be asking yourself, “Am I ready for plastic surgery?” Below are 10 tips to help you decide the answer to this question.
1. You are financially prepared.
While most patients understand that plastic surgery is far from cheap, you need to be in a comfortable financial situation to invest in your desired surgery. Typically, plastic surgery isn’t covered by most health insurance plans. However, many plastic surgery groups do offer financing plans – do your research to ensure you’re prepared for the financial leap you’re about to take.
2. You will have plenty of time to recover after.
If you work full-time it may be difficult to find time to rest for at least a week. However, plastic surgery recovery doesn’t care if you don’t have “time”. Your body will need an extended break from your daily routine, so plan accordingly.
3. You are aware of the risks.
All elective surgery involves a level of risk. So, it is extremely important that you do your research or schedule a consultation with a respected plastic surgeon to go over the true risks of the surgery before making your decision.
4. You are doing the surgery for yourself, not for anyone else.
It is important that you want the surgery for yourself, not your friends or family. If anyone is pressuring you to get plastic surgery, do not undergo the procedure. You should never be pressured into making a financial investment that alters your body for the long run. Be sure you’re doing this for YOU and no one else.
5. You are comfortable with your surgeon.
When deciding to go under the knife, it is important you trust the person holding the knife. Be sure to do your due diligence when researching plastic surgeons and remember – you must feel comfortable in their presence. You should select a qualified surgeon that truly understands you.
6. You are in good mental and physical health.
It is important to disclose any health issues to your surgeon as they have the expertise to determine if you’re in the mental state to undergo an elective cosmetic surgery.
7. You have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery.
Plastic surgery cannot help you change your life, only your looks. So, ensure you have a realistic understanding of the procedure you have in mind.
8. You have people to help you while you heal.
This is not required, but it will make the experience better. If you have someone who can run errands for you while you are healing, it will help tremendously. Trust us, you won’t want to move a finger during recovery.
9. You have thought about plastic surgery for a long time.
If you have just made the rash decision to get plastic surgery the day before, have you really considered the consequences, or analyzed the pros and cons? Be sure this is something you want for the long-term, not just right now.
10. You don’t have any doubts or questions in your mind.
It is important to feel comfortable with your decision. If you have any lingering doubts or questions in your mind, discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon as they will help you along the way.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, approximately 14.6 million people get cosmetic plastic surgery each year, so take comfort in knowing that you are not alone in your decision. I hope these signs you’re ready for plastic surgery have helped you decide if it is right for YOU. If you decide that you will are prepared for plastic surgery, schedule a free consultation with our chief plastic surgeon, Dr. Z.