Questions To Ask Yourself Before Getting Plastic Surgery
With about several hundred thousand people getting breast augmentation, face lips, nose restructuring and liposuction each year and the US spending just over 16 billion dollars on cosmetic procedures every year, it’s easy to think that plastic surgery is no big deal. It even seems like everybody is doing it. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a serious decision or that it should be entered into lightly. Many people even note, after getting plastic surgery, that they had no idea what a big deal it would be. They’re surprised by how much pain they’re in after, how long they take to heal, and how many complications of which they’re at risk. Perhaps cosmetic surgeons don’t all take the time to explain how serious of a decision plastic surgery is, because it may scare some clients off. But we will. Here are questions you should ask yourself before getting plastic surgery.
Is there another way?
Have you considered other, less-invasive options to achieve your cosmetic goals? Today, there are so many products available that can make your nose look slimmer, your waist look trimmer, your boobs look perkier, your butt look perkier and more. Depending on what you’re after, a simple diet change may achieve the same results you’re after. Make sure you looked into alternative options before going this invasive route.
Is a negative emotion inspiring this?
Am I doing this out of a negative place? Am I doing this because I don’t love myself? Because I want the respect and admiration of outsiders? Because I don’t think I’m worthy of love? Because I’m afraid of being alone forever? It’s important that a positive emotion, rather than a negative one, is inspiring this decision because plastic surgery will not chase away negative thought patterns.
Exactly how much happier will this make me?
Will the joy this brings you outweigh the hassle? You may need to take several weeks off of work to recover. You may need to face questions and judgment about it for years from family and friends. There will be logistical and emotional challenges you’ll need to face to go through with this. Just make sure the payoff is worth it.
Is this worth the money?
Have you sat down, looked at your finances, and made sure you understand what this is going to mean for your finances. Will you need to take out a loan to pay for this? Will you need to use a credit card that you’ll pay off over time? Can your credit score handle that? Is it either this, or the car you really need to get around for work? Is this surgery worth giving up that car (or other thing you need/want?)
Is this worth the pain?
Recovering from plastic surgery can be quite painful. Not only is it painful, it can be gruesome. You may need to change out bloody bandages for quite some time, and see that your body is badly bruised up. Can you stomach all of that? Would you, for better thighs/boobs/cheeks/stomach?
For how long will I enjoy the results?
Many people forget about their mortality when they go in for plastic surgery. But you have to keep in mind that if you’re getting, let’s say, your breasts augmented in your late thirties, you may only really enjoy the results for 10 to 15 years. After that, gravity may really start to kick in, or you may just have a different lifestyle that doesn’t really allow you to enjoy your perfect breasts.
Can I recognize when it’s time to stop?
Are you certain it’s just this procedure you want done? People can quickly become addicted to plastic surgery (you’ve seen these people). Just make sure that this procedure isn’t just the first step in a wild and never-ending goose chase towards some elusive “perfect” aesthetic.
If nobody really notices, is that okay with me?
Here’s a great test to know if this procedure is just for you: if nobody really notices, will you mind? Or would that infuriate you? If this procedure is really just for you, then you shouldn’t need everyone to comment on it, stare at you and turn their heads when you pass by to feel happy about it.
Have I done all my research?
Have you researched the best type of procedure for your body type and your medical history? Have you looked into what a fair price is for this procedure? Have you found the best possible doctor for this procedure? Do you understand exactly what will go into this, from the consultation to the recovery?
How do I expect it to affect my life?
Are your expectations, regarding how this change will affect your life, realistic? If you’re going into this thinking it will somehow land you the perfect job, the perfect romantic partner and the perfect life, you’re going into it with the wrong mentality. That also means you haven’t done the personal work—on your mind and emotions—to help you acquire those things (career, partner etc…) in an organic way.
Am I doing this on a whim?
Am I just doing this because I am going through a breakup? Or because I lost my job? Or because my sibling of whom I’ve always been jealous just got married? Is this just a distraction from something that’s upsetting me?
How experienced is this plastic surgeon?
You should ask to see several examples of the surgeon’s work and all his certifications. He should be happy to answer as many questions as you’d like about his career. Ideally, his specialty should be this particular procedure you’re after.
Am I aware of surprise costs?
The procedure itself is only part of the cost. There could be follow-up visits, medications and products to help with the recovery, in-home nurses you’ll need while you recover, and even new clothing if you’re having a procedure done on your body. You don’t want any surprise costs.
If my partner left me/came to me, would I regret this?
If my partner left me, after I had this procedure done, would I regret having it done? If so, then that means you’re doing this for your partner and not for yourself. If you’re single, ask yourself how you’ll feel if you suddenly have substantially more attention from men. Will that make you happy, or will that make you struggle to trust their intentions?
Will I regret this one day?
Am I certain that I am ready to say goodbye—forever—to the way this one part of my body is, naturally? Or is there any chance I’ll regret this, and feel that I somehow disrespected myself or my family by changing this thing about myself? Is this a change I believe I’ll be happy with forever?