Cosmetic surgery is a $12 billion dollar business in the US. Every year, more than 15 million Americans go under the proverbial knife. The knife itself is now only used in invasive processes. Both invasive and non-invasive techniques are used to sculpt your face and body, for a variety of reasons. These can range from looking younger or more attractive, to hiding scars or reducing body fat. Whatever the reason, there is some due diligence and thinking to be done prior to the procedure.
Since the procedures are often expensive and make long-lasting changes, it is best to do some legwork before you fix your appointment. Here are five basic things you should consider before going for your surgery:
Do some research
Find out more about the procedure you will undergo. A relevant search will throw up many options. Look for articles that highlight both the benefits and the risks involved. Find out more about the different techniques and products. Do some research and establish the approximate cost of the procedure. The area of cosmetic surgery is lightly regulated, so there is little standardization across its practitioners. Based on the costs, this is also the right time to judge if you really need to have the procedure. If you have to take a loan in order to fund the procedure, perhaps you should consider if you can do without it.
Now is the time to consider the risk involved. Obviously many procedures are complicated and expose the patient to considerable risk, but some cosmetic surgery, like Lasik, is almost risk-free. Cataract Surgery in San Antonio and other cities is almost 100% risk-free.
Get your GP involved
At some point in time, you’ll have to decide on the doctor and venue. Get your GP involved. Chances are he will have colleagues or friends in the field who can recommend a reputable doctor for your case. Collect some names and then pay personal visits to the locations to gauge your comfort factor.
Check if you can use a non-invasive technique
Many women use fillers for years before they feel the need for invasive surgery. Find out if there is a non-invasive procedure to give the result you want.
Make sure your goals are realistic
Be realistic about what your looks will be, after the surgery. Your rhinoplasty is not necessarily going to make you look like Brad Pitt or Mila Kunis.
If you have gone through the above points and you are still convinced about the procedure, then stay focused and good luck with the process. There is nothing more uplifting than a new improved you.
At the end of the day, like with all surgeries, there can be complications. It’s best to be prepared for them. On the other hand, a successful surgery can go a long way in lifting our self-esteem. That on its own is reason enough to go through with it. Doing the right due diligence is the first step towards your cosmetic surgery.