Plastic surgery is no small feat. Between the preparation, financial costs, recovery time, and emotional stresses of altering and enhancing certain features, plastic surgery is a decision that should result only after a good deal of thought. So before you jump into the operating room, you should ask yourself the following questions.
Who Am I Doing This for?
When considering plastic surgery, this question is one of the first things you should ask. Cosmetic enhancement is a personal decision, and it is a decision that you need to make for yourself because you believe that it will make you happier, more confident, and more comfortable. Many patients go into plastic surgery with the idea that it will make their partner happier or that they should have surgery as some form of status symbol. While these are common reasons provided by patients, they are not good reasons. It’s your body that is going through the surgery, and it’s your body that will be enhanced—not theirs. Thus, the decision for plastic surgery is yours and yours alone.
What Do I Hope to Achieve With My Results?
If you have decided that you want to undergo plastic surgery, then you at least have a decent idea of what you are hoping to get out of the surgery. If you are interested in breast augmentation, then it’s safe to assume that you are looking to enhance the size and shape of your breasts. If you are considering liposuction, then it can be expected that stubborn pockets of fat are disrupting your confidence and stopping you from achieving your ideal body. Before you go into your consultation, you should have a good idea of what you are hoping to take away from this process. The more you know and the more open you are with your surgeon, the better off you’ll be.
Am I Realistic About My Desires?
When scrolling through informational pages on surgical procedures, you will no doubt come across a statement similar to this: “Patients should have realistic expectations of their results.” This concept is very important. There are still many misconceptions about plastic surgery out there; some people assume that plastic surgery will completely change their overall appearance and make them look like an entirely new and different person. However, this isn’t true. You will not walk out of the office looking like someone else. No matter how many pictures of celebrities you bring in, you cannot replicate someone else’s nose or cheekbones. You can imitate them by choosing similar aesthetic goals for your surgery, but you cannot reproduce their looks entirely. Instead, plastic surgery enhances your natural beauty, and it highlights what is already there.
Am I in Good Health?
Any form of plastic surgery is invasive, whether it is tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, or breast augmentation. Complications can occur. These risks are greatly reduced when you are starting in good health. Good health simply means that you have no previous medical conditions that can place extra strain on your body. Additionally, you should be close to your ideal weight and must not smoke. The healthier you are before your surgery, the better your body will handle both the procedure and the recovery.
If you believe that you are ready to begin your plastic surgery journey, contact Dr. Robert Rey to set up a consultation. Call his Beverly Hills office today at (310) 205-3107.