Categories: Skincare

Plastic Surgery Tips and Guidelines

When it comes to our appearance, most of us take things very seriously. From the color of our hair – vibrant and shiny, of course – to the color of our nails – always the latest colors for the season, or a French mani, or classic pink or red – women are just about always working to keep looking great. Even as we age, we find new and inventive ways to keep looking young and radiant – miracle skin products, youthful hairstyles, and sometimes even cosmetic surgery.

When it comes to cosmetic surgery procedures, please don’t take them lightly. You should do the same level of research you would do before choosing a college or buying a car or a house. Your appearance is the only one you’ve got, so you’d better take good care of it. It would be a shame to go through a cosmetic surgical procedure and then turn around and want to undo it. The bottom line is to be very aware of the pros and cons of cosmetic surgery, as well as the health risks and potential complications involved.


Here are a few tips to help you as you consider whether cosmetic surgery is right for you:

–    Learn about all the possible side effects. Can you live with them? If not, plastic surgery may not be the best choice for you. Granted not all side effects are common and some may be rare, but there is still a chance.

–    Know that there are risks involved with any type of surgery or medical procedure. Be sure you are in sufficient health to outweigh the risks. Speak with your doctor for medical clearance.

–    Consider reasons why you might want to “undo” the procedure. If there are no such reasons, you might be a possible plastic surgery candidate.

–    Remember that your body will change when you are pregnant. If you are thinking about cosmetic surgery, consider how your body may change during pregnancy. If you are planning to breastfeed, you should also speak with your doctor prior to getting work done on your breasts.

–    Understand that cosmetic surgery often involves time off from work so you can recover and heal. If you are in a job that doesn’t allow much vacation time, this may be a strong point of consideration for you. It is important that you give your body enough time to heal.

–    Consider all of your options. Sometimes different cosmetic procedures exist as options for the same or a similar outcome to your appearance. You may find a nonsurgical solution that you like even better, or you may be able to choose a less invasive procedure for the same result with less pain.

–    When in doubt, speak to your doctor and other trusted professionals for a medical opinion. It is crucial that you make the best decision possible without rushing into the first idea that pops in your head.

Also remember that you have many options for a variety of plastic surgery procedures. If you do opt to go under the knife, you should take your time in choosing a cosmetic surgeon and plastic surgery practice that makes you feel comfortable and confident.

Kathryn D'Imperio: