Is Cosmetic Surgery Right For You?
By Elizabeth McGee
Online Skin Care Consultant
For most of us, we go through the majority of our lives not even noticing our
skin; then one day we wake up and notice we just got older. I remember that
We might begin to look tired with bags under our eyes, our eyelids look a bit
droopier and our cheeks sag a little more than they used to. Perhaps you're
getting tired of your thin lips or large nose or maybe you just want a fresher
or more glowing look.
Unlike years past, more and more people are looking into the option of plastic
surgery for making their faces look younger, contouring noses and eyes or getting
rid of the extra fat pockets that just won't go away.
Did you know that according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, men
accounted for about 1.2 million cosmetic procedures in 2004? It's a known fact
that men don't want to look any older than women do.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
the top 5 cosmetic procedures were:
- Breast Augmentation
- Eyelid Surgery
- Chemical Peel
- Nose Reshaping
- Eyelid Surgery
- Hair Transplantation
- Breast Reduction
The new five-year trending data shows cosmetic procedures are up 24 percent
So is cosmetic surgery right for you?
Well, I can't speak for everyone but there are a few things to note on what
First and foremost, cosmetic surgery is "surgery" and it hurts ...ouch!
There is swelling and puffiness immediately after the procedure, so don't expect
to look beautiful coming right out of surgery.
Understand that a nose job or a face lift won't necessarily make you beautiful
and it probably won't change how the world feels about you. In fact, patients
have been known to feel a sense of disappointment after their procedures. Because
of this it's extremely important to understand how much of a change you can
expect. Changes could vary from subtle to extreme.
If you're considering plastic surgery try asking yourself these things first:
Q: Why do I want cosmetic surgery? Who am I doing this for?
A: If it's because your co-worker says you have a big nose or if you think looking
more beautiful for your husband he help him pay more attention to you then,
you're a poor candidate. Pleasing your co-worker or hoping your husband will
be more attentive are poor reasons. A new face, nose or body won't change how
others feel about you and if it does it will be temporary.
Q: Can I afford This?
A: Most cosmetic procedures are not covered by health insurance unless they
are health related. If you have to scrape together the thousands of dollars
it costs to have a procedure done then you're probably better off looking into
non-surgical or less invasive treatments such as Botox, Chemical peels or microdermabrasions.
Q: What if the results are not what I expected?
A: There's always the chance that expectations won't be met. Be sure you are
ready financially and emotionally to undergo more treatment if the results failed
to meet your expectations.
As with any high cost, risky procedure, be sure to think it through. Don't
act on a whim. Discuss the procedure extensively with your doctor as well as
with relatives and friends. Get some outside opinions. If you can, talk with
people who have had the same procedures done that you are looking into. Talk
with them about their experiences and get advice from them on their recommendations.
If you're still interested in pursuing cosmetic surgery be sure you are in
good health and free from any major health disorders such as diabetes, heart
disease or high blood pressure.
About the author:
Elizabeth is an online skin care consultant who features and reviews fine beauty
and skincare products. Visit her site at fine-skin-care-products.com
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