When you’re looking into cosmetic surgeries, there’s a lot you need to weigh and balance out in your mind. Surgeries, even if they’re considered minor by industry standards, are still surgeries and, as such, require preparation and recovery. The following will explore a few things you might want to know about cosmetic surgeries if you or someone you’re close to is considering undergoing one.
Of course, every surgery is different, as is each person’s medical history. It’s a good idea to combine the below information with a lengthy conversation with your doctor about how a particular cosmetic surgery could impact you, given your current state of health. Sometimes doctors will ask you to make lifestyle changes before seeking out surgery to help increase the odds that you will be pleased with the results.
The Impacts Are Far-Reaching
Cosmetic surgery can bring long-lasting and striking changes to a person’s appearance, and this has more implications than people typically first realize. Surgeries of a cosmetic nature are incredibly varied, but most can alter your appearance enough that they alter your social interactions. This, in turn, can alter how you feel internally and, therefore, impact how you behave.
It’s a good idea to have a lengthy journaling session with yourself as well as speak to a professional about these impacts so that you’re prepared. While many people are pleased with the impacts of their cosmetic surgery, you might find that people focus on your looks rather than what you’re saying, and this could bother you, especially if you’re trying to say something important. You might find that people ask whether or not you’ve had work done; if you would be uncomfortable having this conversation, you should strongly consider the degree of the work you’re looking into. It’s sort of like getting a tattoo on your hand—people are likely going to notice and ask you about it.
It is also worth noting that while cosmetic surgery is brilliant, it can’t do absolutely everything. It’s a good idea to get realistic about your expectations of how you’re going to look and how people will treat you after. If you get the nose of a particular celebrity, you’re probably not going to look like that celebrity, but like yourself with a different nose.
You Could Be Required To Prepare For The Surgery
Depending on what surgery you’re looking into, you might be asked to take preparatory steps. Certain procedures require that you have a stable weight for six to 12 months before the surgery. Others might require that you abstain from smoking and other nicotine products (including chewing tobacco, gums, lozenges, and patches) for four to six weeks before the surgery. Having a meeting with plastic surgeons will give you a good idea of what your responsibilities will be leading up to the surgery. This could impact when you decide to book your surgery, as some preparations might be easier depending on the time of year or the number of stressful projects at work.
There Will Be Recovery Time
As with any surgery, there will likely be recovery time where you’re sore, tired, or in need of extra help around the house. You might even need to take time off work, and this means financial planning is part of making the decision to seek out cosmetic surgery. The planning process might also involve you scheduling your surgery with the schedules of your friends or family in mind. Some surgeries make it hard to do things like vacuuming or carrying laundry baskets into the basement. You might want to plan to have help.
There Are Risks
While cosmetic surgeries tend to be less invasive than other surgeries, there are risks worth considering. You should speak to your surgeon about what these risks are given your current state of health. If, for example, your body mass index is 30 or higher or you have diabetes, this could result in you being at higher risk for blood clots.
Moreover, complications related to anesthesia, infection, scarring, fluid build-up under the skin, enough bleeding to require additional surgery, enough bleeding to require a blood transfusion, separation of the surgical wound (sometimes requiring an additional procedure), and permanent numbness or nerve damage tingling are all risks that need to be thought about. Take your time when thinking about the impact these would have on your daily life.
The above information should have revealed some useful facts surrounding cosmetic surgeries. Again, if you’re considering seeking out cosmetic surgery, it’s a good idea to speak with a healthcare professional about your current state of health and your medical history. When it comes to surgery, there’s no one-size-fits-all; decisions must always be made in tandem with an awareness of your particular body and healthcare needs.