Everyone, regardless of their size, colour, age or anything else that people are often discriminated against, is beautiful and I'm a firm believer in making the most of ourselves and loving the skin we're in.
Some people feel a pressure to attain a particular level of beauty whereas others are happy as they are but with the way that the media is, I do think that it is becoming more and more difficult to just be content in ourselves. Personally, I'm of the belief that you should be happy with the person you are, after all you only get one body in life and you should treasure it. However I also believe that if there is something about yourself that you would like to change or improve then you completely have the right to make that decision for yourself.
Non surgical and cosmetic surgery is the preferred answer for a lot of people and it is a massive decision to make before pulling out a lot of money for something that could change your appearance indefinitely. I think that it is really important to realise that having a procedure alone wont make you happy. It isn't the be all and end all and if there's an underlying issue, that should be tackled before entering into such a huge decision. Sometimes people just want the opposite of what they don't already have; how many times has your curly haired friend wished for straight hair and your straight haired friend wished for curly hair? I rest my case. Even the people who you think look like the most "perfect" person, have their own insecurities and a lot of the time, they have some small things that they would like to enhance or change about their own appearance.
Some people go down the route of cosmetic surgery but there are so many questions that they should be asking before going under the knife. Of course there are many questions that you should be asking your surgeon and most will relate directly to the type of procedure that you are enquiring about. I'm a big believer that if you're thinking of taking that massive step then you should have exhausted as many less dramatic options as possible first and upon making the decision that surgery is right for you, you should be fully informed and have all of your questions answered.
So if this is something that you are considering and you're wondering what questions you should be asking your surgeon then here are a few to consider.
Firstly, what can you accomplish?
You need to know exactly what you can accomplish by undergoing that particular type of surgery on your specific body. Whether its reversing the signs of ageing, making your skin tighter and more toned, getting rid of wrinkles or completely eliminating or adding in parts of your body, no one procedure is the same and will have different effects on each individual. A good cosmetic surgeon will be able to advise you on what you should expect to accomplish on your particular profile.
Secondly, what are the risks?
Undergoing any type of procedure is a risk and in order to fully ascertain whether or not surgery is right for you then you need to be fully aware of the risks. Some people don't bother asking anything about the risks involved with certain procedures as they'd rather keep their eyes on the end result and not worry about how they're going to achieve it. This in itself is risky as the fact of the matter is that there are inherent risks in any type of procedure and in order to be able to decide whether the surgery is worth it, you need to be able to weigh up the risks against the perceived benefits. Speaking quite bluntly here for WhatLauraLoves but why wouldn't you want to know what the risks are? Just because you are wanting to go through with cosmetic surgery, procedures that are designed to make you look and feel better about yourself, doesn't mean that you will be immune from any of the repercussions of an incident gone awry. Mistakes do happen and they can happen to anyone.
Thirdly, how realistic am I being?
I'm sure we all want to look like our favourite movie star or singer but really is this something that we can ever truly accomplish with cosmetic surgery? Of course not. If you decide to opt for surgery then one of the most important questions to ask your cosmetic surgeon is how realistic am I being, after all, it might be nice to think that we're going to wake up looking like J Lo but realistically, that's not going to happen and if you go into the process with unrealistic expectations then you can expect to be disappointed with the outcome.
Next, you should be asking what's my downtime?
While the surgery itself may only take a few hours, what many people don't take into account is how long they will be out of action for. This is especially important if they have children or work commitments. Regardless of where you have your surgery, there is going to be lingering effects that you are going to need to be mindful of, whether that's visibly with bruising and stitches or internally. You need to be aware that before you have the new feature you've been operated on for, there is going to be a period of adjustment and you need give it time. You can't just put a days holiday in at work and return the next day with a brand new nose.
Finally, you need to be asking what's the cost of cosmetic surgery?
While there's no doubt that the surgery itself could be considered an investment in you and your future, it is scary the amount of people who don't prepare adequately for the costs of it. We all hear about the process and want to have the procedure and see the results now, so we make all of these arrangements without thinking about the costs involved. That's not just how much the procedure will cost but the aftercare, the transport if you cannot drive and the potential loss of earnings if you have to take time off work. Ultimately, when you are talking to your surgeon, you need to at least acknowledge the fact that you are making a purchase and that the cost will have an impact on your immediate future at least. Whats the point in having your boobs lifted if you can't afford to leave the house for a year because you're stuck in trying to pay it off? Think long and hard about the investment you're making and whether you can comfortably afford it before going ahead.
When it comes down to it, so many people are racing into cosmetic surgery without carefully considering their options first and asking the right questions so that they can make a fully informed decision before going under the knife. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure then I do hope that these popular questions have helped you. I have considered procedures myself in the past and these are the questions that I sought answers to. I've never gone ahead with any surgery as I'm someone who regrets things easily and I always worry a lot. If you find that you don't get satisfactory answers to these kinds of questions and you'd like a new opinion from someone other than your surgeon, then you can all on the help of Cosmetic Surgery Partners who are based in the UK. Their slogan says it all really, "simply better" and this is the way that you can anticipate feeling and looking having spoken with their team potentially undertaking their treatments.
Have you ever considered cosmetic surgery? What questions did you ask?
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