For many individuals getting a plastic surgery done is an ultimate goal, a dream, the reason why they keep waking up and go to work to earn money. Well, this might not be the healthiest goal, but certainly understandable, relatable even. There is a lot of pressure in the modern world to look a certain way. Anything too much of a deviation from the standards may cause people to feel insecure, unsuccessful, and in some tragic cases depressed. If this sounds familiar and you are also struggling with the decision whether to get that surgery or not then the following info will get things more clear for you.
Let’s talk facts first. Since 2001, there are about ten million surgeries performed yearly. And these are only official, registered under American Society for Plastic Surgery operations. God knows how many more. It is said that the success rate of plastic surgery is about 90%. That is also if performed by an accredited member of ASPS. Unofficial estimate suggests that success rate is much lower if a procedure is done not in accredited facilities by a surgeon with very questionable certification. Five most wanted procedures in the recent years are breast augmentation, breast reduction, liposuction, abdominoplasty and eyelid surgery. Any surgery with anesthesia can potentially end up very very badly – one in thirteen thousand cases is lethal. The most risky operations are tummy tucks and facelifts. Even if everything goes great in the physical health aspect, far not every patient ends up being satisfied with the results. About fifty percent of folks either not that happy with their new looks or regret doing it at all. Sometimes it is due to some performance error on a surgeon’s part, sometimes there are certain physical limitations that just do not allow the desired, dreamed results, and sometimes no matter what you do a patient will always have problems with body image.
Be prepared that you might not receive the desired satisfaction from the procedure you are planning. Even though it is not that likely, it is better to be ready for it. Changing looks is a serious test for any person, even more so for those folks who tend to be sensitive about the way they look. Chances are that these changes might bring out new feelings in you or change your personality. Many folks are advised to turn to a professional to discuss their issues. It is also a good idea to talk to psychiatrist prior to the surgery. Maybe you’ll discover that your nose or your bra size aren’t your problems after all. On the other hand, if some physical problem really holds your life and happiness back, a psychiatrist will be able to help you through this process.
Now, another thing about plastic surgeries is even after they are done, you might not be done visiting the clinic. The majority of major procedures, such as rhinoplasty, breast implants, or tummy tuck, require thorough follow-up care. If your surgeon finds some problems or you experience discomfort or pain, then you’ll need additional surgeries done. This will also cost you a lot of money. For instance, a revision rhinoplasty costs $5000 and up. Tummy tuck revision surgeries, which are needed in the majority of cases, on average costs seven grands. Breast implant revisions start at $2000, however in some cases can get pretty expensive. Unfortunately, no surgeon can guarantee that you won’t be back in his or her office some time down the road. Once you start doing operations, there is a chance you might never stop. Some people don’t.
On a lighter side, there are of course a lot of people who really believe that doing that surgery was the best decision of their lives. The “happiest” surgery is breast reduction – from 87 to 96% of women feel and look better after having one. If you need that done – go ahead. With face lifts, some studies show that if folks undergo such surgery at the age of 40 or older (that’s when wrinkles and sagging really kick in) then they will be satisfied with results. Younger men and women (still looking young naturally) generally don’t feel all that happy after doing the pulls. Women of all ages are more likely to be satisfied with the outcomes of any plastic surgery procedure then men, even the relatively young ones.
A lot of women are really proud about the fact that they had plastic surgery done. Even some celebrities. Joan Rivers, for instance, openly talks about her procedures. In fact, she has released a book, where she describes every single procedure she had done, how much it was, where she got it done and what were the results of it. And that’s a lot of procedures and treatments. It would be a good guide for those who are considering something done, because Ms. Rivers has done it all.
A good plastic surgery is when no one can tell that you had something altered, augmented or reduced – it just looks natural and beautiful. That would be a good pointer for you. When people sort of start wondering if you had a plastic surgery because you look “different” that would be the time to stop. It is a fine line between “just right” and “over the top” and you do not want to be crossing it, not in your prime, young years.
In general, if you are concerned about your looks you need to make sure that you are trying to improve the quality of your lifestyle in all kinds of ways. Start jogging or brisk-walking in the morning, take a dance class or join some sort of theatre production, volunteer in your community, give up fast food or smoking, eat five vegetables and fruits a day, call your parents or do something with your kids, and anything else you might think make you happier. If you will start feeling more active and social, you will definitely enjoy the new body more. You are not only what you eat, but also what you do, think and create.