• Are You a Good Cosmetic Surgery Candidate?

Are You a Good Cosmetic Surgery Candidate?

Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular over the years with celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian taking centre stage. However, the decision to undergo plastic surgery isn’t a simple one. You can’t just check a few boxes and be good to go. There are a variety of aspects to consider, including your health, the cost of the procedure and the risks involved.

Good Cosmetic Surgery Candidate

Every person is different, and so are their expectations and desires. If you’ve been thinking about having cosmetic surgery, but still don’t know if you’re one hundred percent ready, that’s okay. Whether it’s liposuction, a rhinoplasty or breast augmentation, we’ve compiled a list of the most important things you should consider before making your final decision.

So, what makes you a good cosmetic surgery candidate?

Your Motivation

It’s no secret that the main reason most people undergo cosmetic or plastic surgery is to improve their self-esteem. The road to fully loving oneself is extremely long and full of obstacles, and if changing something about yourself through surgical means will help you get there, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t. Whether you’re doing it for reconstructive purposes or slowing down the ageing process, there are procedure options for you.

That being said, make sure that you’re setting yourself up with realistic expectations. It is unlikely that cosmetic surgery will cure a troubled marriage, increase your work-life success or restore your youth. That’s why fully understanding your motivation behind wanting to have cosmetic surgery is incredibly important. If you are truly not doing it to improve your self-esteem, then it won’t provide the answers you’re looking for.

Your Health

One of the first things that will be discussed in your initial cosmetic surgery consultation will be your overall health. Unfortunately, there are a few health conditions that make plastic surgery more dangerous for some people than others. So no matter how invasive (or not) the procedure you’re interested in may be, be prepared for your consultant to ask you about it.

Generally, if you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, an autoimmune disease or any bleeding disorder, you may be a poor candidate. These conditions will increase your risk of serious complications, including infection, excessive bleeding, improper healing, and trouble with anesthesia.

Additionally, if you are an excessive smoker or drinker, there are some significant potential risks you may face. It is strictly recommended that individuals refrain from smoking for at least four weeks before and four weeks afterwards as well.

Understanding the Risks and Limitations

One of the problems with the age of the internet is the dangers of information overload. When it comes to cosmetic surgery, it can be difficult to fully determine and understand the difference between what is fact, what is an opinion and what is a marketing tactic.

The easiest way to sift through the overwhelming amounts of information you’ll find online is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified surgeon. They will be able to walk you through what options are best for you, as well as the potential risks. Don’t hesitate to set up more than one consultation or phone to make sure you understand every aspect of the procedure. This is the best option to make sure you’re fully informed before underdoing a cosmetic procedure.

The Cost

Finally, and probably the most underrated aspect to consider if you’re considering cosmetic surgery is the cost. There are a variety of costs and fees associated with different procedures that you may not be prepared for. Don’t forget that you may also need time off work.

As much as you may want a particular cosmetic surgery, you have to be realistic with yourself and consider your current financial status. It might be helpful to set yourself a budget, that way you won’t get sucked into any additional procedures—which is a major red flag when picking a surgeon anyway.

There may be alternative, more cost-effective options too. For example, liposuction costs significantly less than a tummy tuck and Botox or fillers cost less than a facelift.

Book a Consultation

At the end of the day, the easiest and most thorough way of gauging if you are a good candidate for surgery is to book an appointment with a reputable plastic surgeon. For an opinion that you know you can truly trust, book a consultation with Dr. McLean. With over three decades of experience, he will be able to help determine whether or not you would be a good plastic surgery candidate.

To find out more, contact us today!

August 4, 2019
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