The decision to undergo plastic surgery is a personal one. Only you really know if altering your appearance will truly make you happier and more confident. For many patients, plastic surgery is successful and yields results that they love — but it's still important to do your due diligence before committing to a procedure. Here are three factors to consider before you pick that surgery date.
1. Not all plastic surgeons are equally talented.
There are hundreds of plastic surgeons out there, so make sure you screen them well before picking one. Some are more talented at certain procedures than others. For example, if you are having rhinoplasty, look for a surgeon who has performed hundreds of them — not someone who usually does eyelid surgeries but has done a few noses here and there. Ask to see examples of the surgeon's work, and make sure you like what you see. If you don't, then look for another surgeon rather than risking a surgery you will be unhappy with.
2. It's best to err on the side of natural.
There are a few individuals who really want their results to be dramatic. They want the EEE size breasts or the nose that's as narrow as a pencil. In most cases, however, you are better to err on the side of natural and less-dramatic than to push it one step further. For example, if you want and feel comfortable with C-cup breast implants, don't let someone talk you into D-cups because you "might as well since you're doing it anyways." You're likely to be more upset over results that are too dramatic than those that are on the subtler side.
3. Many procedures require upkeep.
Remember that most plastic surgeries are not a one-time-then-it's-over thing. If you're having a tummy tuck, for example, you will need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep your tummy toned afterwards. If you are getting breast implants, you may need to have them replaced in 10 years or so, depending on the type of implant. Ask your surgeon about the upkeep associated with your specific procedure, and make sure it is something you are willing to commit to before you agree to the surgery.
Plastic surgery can be life-changing, and you want to make sure your procedure is life-changing in a good way. Consider the factors above before you go under the knife to increase the satisfaction rate.