Thinking about cosmetic surgery?

Many of us would like to make some changes to ourselves physically – whether it be to turn back the clock or enhance what we’ve got. Cosmetic surgery can help with that, but how do you know whether it’s right for you?

Here are some key things to consider before you decide whether to go ahead with cosmetic surgery:

What do you want to achieve from cosmetic surgery?

Think about what it is you want to change about yourself. Do you want bigger breasts? Do you want to look younger? Consider whether the changes you want to make are realistic; if what you want is to look like Angelina Jolie, then it is highly likely that no amount of surgery is going to achieve that. If, however, you want to look the way you used to ten years ago, then a facelift might be a good option.

What are the alternatives to cosmetic surgery?

The decision to have cosmetic surgery should not be taken lightly – don’t be fooled by the word “cosmetic”, this is still major surgery and should be treated as such. Think about whether there are any alternatives to surgery that you could consider.

If you’re thinking about liposuction or a tummy tuck, for example, then a strict diet and exercise regime is a good place to start (most surgeons will insist on this before they operate, anyway). For facial rejuvenation, some things can be treated with non-surgical treatments like Botox and fillers.

If, however, you decide that surgery is the best option for you, then it is very important that you…

Do your homework

Research potential surgeons in your area, make sure you are happy with their qualifications and experience in the specific surgery you are looking for, then consult with at least two – ideally three – surgeons before picking one to perform your operation.

Cosmetic surgery can be an incredibly positive, life-changing experience, but it is not something to leap into. If you follow the advice above, you should be able to ensure that your own experience is a happy one.