Before receiving cosmetic surgery, there are several factors to consider, including understanding surgery, motivations, risks, and more. At Somerset Plastic Surgery, we can provide information to help you make an informed decision on whether surgery is right for you. Here are some factors to consider before choosing this type of surgery: 

Understanding Cosmetic Surgery

This form of surgery involves procedures performed to change one’s physical appearance. It can address various concerns, such as reshaping body contours, enhancing facial features, or reducing signs of aging. While cosmetic surgery can provide transformative results, it is beneficial to remember that it is a personal choice you can make with the assistance of your cosmetic surgeon. 

Assess Your Motivations

One factor to consider with this type of surgery is your motivation. Ask yourself why you want this type of surgery. Realistic expectations are also significant, as cosmetic surgery can enhance your appearance but may not meet your exact expectations. Take time to evaluate your motivations, making sure they come from a desire for self-improvement and not outside pressures. Here are some reasons to receive this type of surgery: 

Enhancing Physical Appearance 

Many people choose cosmetic surgery to enhance their physical features and overall appearance. Procedures such as breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and liposuction can help people achieve the desired look and boost their self-confidence.

Correcting Genetic or Developmental Irregularities

Some people are born with genetic or developmental irregularities that can affect their appearance. Cosmetic surgery can address issues like cleft lip and palate, ear deformities, or birthmarks. This may help people enhance one’s confidence in their physical appearance.

Reversing Signs of Aging

As we age, our skin can lose its elasticity, forming wrinkles and sagging. Cosmetic procedures such as facelifts, eyelid surgery, and dermal fillers can help reverse the signs of aging. This can restore a more youthful appearance and boost self-esteem.

Showing Weight Loss Transformation

After significant weight loss, people may have excess skin and tissue that can affect their body shape. Procedures like tummy tucks, body lifts, and arm lifts can help remove excess skin. The results of weight loss transformation may be more obvious as the excess skin is removed. 

Correcting Physical Discomfort

Some people experience physical discomfort or limitations due to certain physical features. Women with overly large breasts may suffer from chronic neck and back pain. Breast reduction surgery can alleviate these symptoms, improving physical comfort and quality of life. Overcoming physical discomfort is often achieved through cosmetic surgery.

Gauge Risks and Limitations

Like any surgical procedure, cosmetic surgery carries certain risks. Understanding these risks helps you make an informed decision. Complications such as infection, scarring, or adverse reactions to anesthesia can occur. Be aware of the limitations of cosmetic surgery. Before choosing a type of surgery, consider researching the limitations and risks involved. 

Estimate Recovery Time and Costs

Various surgical procedures require downtime after the procedure is completed. Before choosing surgery, ask about the recovery time required for the healing process. Some surgical procedures allow you to return to regular activities, while others require weeks of recovery. Consider the downtime and plan your work, school, or other activities accordingly. 

Estimate the costs of each surgical cosmetic procedure you choose. For some, this surgery may be covered by insurance. Costs vary per surgery, so ask your surgeon about costs and payment plans that may be available to you. 

Choosing the Right Surgeon 

Selecting the right surgeon can help verify the success of a procedure. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in the specific procedure you are considering. Research their qualifications, certifications, and patient testimonials to gain insight into their skills. During a consultation with your potential surgeon, ask questions and discuss expectations. A trustworthy surgeon will provide honest advice, thoroughly explain the procedure, and address any concerns you may have. 

Consider Alternatives

Before committing to permanent surgery, you can explore non-invasive or less invasive alternatives that may achieve similar results. We offer Botox and Juvederm as alternatives to some cosmetic surgical procedures. Discuss these alternatives with your surgeon and weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each option. Non-surgical approaches may be better for your goals, budget, or lifestyle.

Somerset Plastic Surgery and You

Take the time to consider all of the factors before you make your decision. At Somerset Plastic Surgery, we can help determine which surgery best suits your goals. We understand plastic surgery may not be the first step and can suggest alternatives like Botox. By understanding your motivations for surgery, being aware of the risks and limitations, choosing a reputable surgeon, and exploring alternative options, you can make an informed decision on whether cosmetic surgery is right for you. With our qualified professionals, you will get high-quality and personalized treatment. Contact us to learn more about our surgical procedures and alternative treatment options available.