7 Things to Think About When Considering Cosmetic Surgery
posted by Mark Jensen, MD | June 9, 2016
If you have considered plastic surgery, for any reason, it is important that you weigh the benefits and risks, and think about all of the details. Plastic surgery is a big decision, so it is vital that you consider the topic from all angles. We’ve put together a list of seven considerations—so you can decide if plastic surgery is right for you.
Plastic surgery is not something you should do for anyone but you. Spend some serious time in self-reflection deciding if you are truly interested in the procedure. Discussing your desires with others (be it a doctor or a loved one) can help put this in perspective.
In most cases you will not be able to have plastic surgery completed by your “regular” doctor. Therefore, it is important to find a plastic surgery specialist that you trust. Many offices offer a consultation where you can learn more about any procedures you are interested in, and discuss benefits and risks.
Is plastic surgery something you want, or will it offer you health benefits too? Don’t forget about your emotional health as well. Some procedures can improve your overall wellbeing (such as an eyelid lift, for vision correction). If this is the case, you may have some help from an insurance standpoint too.
Any surgery comes with risks. Make sure you are well-informed of the risks for the surgery you are considering so you can decide if it is worth it. Information should be available from your doctor.
With few exceptions, cosmetic surgery is usually an elective procedure. This means that you will need to pay for the process yourself without help from insurance. For instance, the average cost for a rhinoplasty is around $4,600. Will this be something you can cover? Your doctor may have some ideas for financing, but only you will know if it is something you can afford.
Depending on the procedure, recovery may take a few days or a few weeks. You may need to miss work or take a break from the things you love. Consider the recovery time involved when deciding if and when to have a procedure.
While you may be the one having the surgery, the process will affect others in your family. Talk about everything with your partner or other family members to get their opinion on the matter too.
While there is a lot of great information available about plastic surgery, not all of it is correct. Make sure you speak with a knowledgeable doctor to assure that you are not falling for any myths about the topic. We invite you to reach out to us at Revere Health and set up a consultation with one of our plastic surgery specialists. We would love to help you get the right information and make the best decisions about the topic.
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.
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