As the pursuit of eternal beauty continues to gain traction, more and more people are considering plastic surgery as fewer people consider it ‘taboo.’ It is no longer just the super-rich going under the knife, but lots of ‘everyday folks’ as well. Lots of people like to malign plastic surgery, but ultimately there is nothing wrong with wanting to improve our appearance and boost our confidence. The key is the state of mind and expectations of the person considering it.
If you have been thinking about getting a procedure, this is not a decision to be made in haste and without lots of forethought. Here are just a few important things to consider.
Who Are You Doing it For?
This is a really important question that must be answered with complete honesty, or you may experience a lot of emotional discord after your procedure. And, I think we all know the preferred answer here—ourselves.
If you are considering getting plastic surgery for anyone but yourself, this is dangerous territory. Don’t do it because you think it will make you more attractive to other people. Don’t do it because you think it will help you hold onto a relationship. Don’t do it to conform to a standard of beauty established by society at large.
If outside forces are your main driver, ultimately you will be very disappointed. When we determine our value based on how others perceive us, we will never reach a point where we truly feel good about ourselves.
What Do You Expect to Happen after Your Surgery?
Again, you really need to be honest with yourself here. Unrealistic expectations are a common issue with cosmetic procedures. You have spent so much time and energy focusing on what you don’t like about yourself, it is all too easy to grossly overestimate the emotional benefits of finally fixing the ‘problem.’
It is also easy to have unrealistic expectations about how it will impact your life. While being attractive certainly brings lots of benefits to people, and often makes others view us in a more positive light, make sure you are not expecting your world to dramatically change because you have that cute button nose or larger breasts.
It is important you talk to a plastic surgeon openly and honestly about why you are doing this and the expectations you have. He can offer valuable information to help you evaluate your decision and ensure you are going into this well-informed.
Are There Non-Surgical Procedures that May Be the Better Option Now?
While plastic surgery may be the only option for certain fixes, like enlarging your breasts, or changing the shape of your nose, many other issues can be addressed in different ways. Albeit, the results may not be as dramatic, but they might be better options at this point in time. Instead of getting a full-on facelift, or eye surgery, maybe it might be a good idea to start with some laser treatments that can tighten the skin and give a more youthful appearance. Carefully consider all your options before rushing right into plastic surgery.