Ready To Go Under The Knife

From breast augmentation to tummy tucks and nose jobs to liposuction, more and more women are electing to have plastic surgery each year. If you are considering going under the knife, do your research and make sure you are a good candidate for cosmetic surgery.
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As today's society remains obsessed with beauty, not only are more people undergoing cosmetic surgery, but also more types of cosmetic procedures are being offered. Name the body part and there is likely a corresponding procedure to nip it, tuck it or enhance it.

Cosmetic surgery shouldn't be taken lightly as it is a life altering decision. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure, you should do it for the right reasons.

Do you really want it?

Getting a boob job because your boyfriend wants you to do it isn't the answer. Never let someone talk you into getting a cosmetic procedure. If you do, more than likely you will end up regretting it. Instead write down a list of your own reasons why you want plastic surgery.

Eye liftUnderstand the physical and emotional risks involved and realize that surgery isn't an end-all answer to your problems. You should also take into account a variety of other factors before making your decision.

Consider your health

Not everyone is in an ideal candidate for plastic surgery. If you are unhealthy or suffer from any number of medical conditions, undergoing a cosmetic procedure could put your life in jeopardy.

If you are extremely overweight or you consume a lot of alcohol, you should definitely think twice before going under the knife. Medical conditions that could make you a poor candidate for a cosmetic procedure include depression, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Are you financially prepared?

Don't underestimate the cost of cosmetic procedures. Since plastic surgery normally isn't deemed necessary, your insurance company may not cover your expenses. Cosmetic surgery can cost from $5,000 to tens of thousands of dollars. Don't put yourself into debt for an elective surgery. If you aren't in the financial position to do the surgery right now, put it off. Also don't forget to factor in the time you would have to miss from work. Many types of cosmetic procedures can force you to miss weeks of work.

Choosing the right doctor

After you have decided to go for it, your next important step is to pick the right doctor. While many doctors claim competence in the industry, you can't always take their word for it. Independent research is almost always the way to go.

What you want to look for in a doctor is someone who has experience in the specific cosmetic procedure you are undergoing. At least three years of experience is a good starting point. Additionally, you want to make sure your doctor is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Ask for personal referrals to previous patients if possible to discuss their experience with the doctor.

Face liftDon't be afraid to ask questions. If a doctor is a professional and trustworthy, there will be no problem in getting your questions answered. Ask about preparation, recovery time, risks and other pertinent questions. Don't forget to ask where the procedure will take place. You may be more comfortable having it done in a hospital rather than just in an office that lacks emergency medical facilities.

Prepare for surgery

Once you have selected your doctor, follow his instructions carefully prior to the surgery. Be sure to inform your doctor of any medications, vitamins or supplements you are taking – even something as seemingly inconsequential as aspirin. Your doctor will let you know whether you it is safe to proceed with your normal daily dosage or whether you need to cut back.

If you smoke or drink alcohol, you should definitely avoid such activities the month prior and the month following your cosmetic procedure. It is also a good idea to cut back on caffeine, as it can affect your blood pressure and make you more prone to bleeding.

Being totally prepared prior to your cosmetic procedure will make the whole process much easier. While cosmetic procedures aren't for everyone, the result can be positive as long as you know what you are getting into, do the necessary research and heed the precautions.

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Comments on "Are you a good candidate for cosmetic surgery?"

Lois W. Stern August 25, 2008 | 7:40 AM

I am so glad to see such solid advice posted to evaluate one's readiness for Cosmetic Surgery. In my book on cosmetic surgery, I included quite a number of check lists, self-evaluation forms, and quizes. Here is one of them: Are You a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Surgery? 14 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself by Lois W. Stern There are certain conditions, health habits, and life issues that might conflict with your ability to achieve a safe, rewarding cosmetic surgery result. Take this self-assessment quiz to help you determine if cosmetic surgery is right for you at this time. Discuss your situation openly with your internist and surgeon. Remember, this is your life. Respect it! Do you have a kidney or liver disorder? ___Yes ___ No Do you have a bleeding disorder? ___Yes ___ No Are you a heavy smoker or drinker? ___Yes ___ No Are you considerably overweight? ___Yes ___ No Do you scar easily? ___Yes ___ No Do you have any other serious medical condition(s) as, for example, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, severe allergies? ___Yes ___ No Are you currently under treatment or medication for anxiety or depression? ___Yes ___ No Do you have a drug problem? ___Yes ___ No Are you in the middle of a life crisis? (i.e. divorce, loss of a spouse, etc.) ___Yes ___ No Have you had many different cosmetic surgery procedures at different times during your life? ___Yes ___ No Are you generally unhappy with your overall physical appearance? ___Yes ___ No Are you preoccupied or obsessed with a part of your face or body that others do not consider unattractive? ___Yes ___ No Are you suffering from depression? ___Yes ___ No Are you considering cosmetic surgery primarily as a means to improve your social life, resolve marital conflicts or please someone else? ___Yes ___ No No one consciously seeks out cosmetic surgery to worsen herself physically or psychologically, but this situation occasionally does occur. If you have answered "yes" to any of these 14 questions, please consult with your physician and/or a mental health specialist before you make this important decision for yourself. Remember, cosmetic surgery is elective surgery. Your overall physical and mental health come first. Have a beautiful life, Lois You have my permission to reprint this article in part or full providing it contains the following attribution: Lois W. Stern is the author of , LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY, (Infinity, 2006). Revised edition with a CD enclosure, and Virtual DVD Professional Editions, 2008. www.liesandcosmeticsurgery

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