The biggest underlying question behind plastic surgery, is it something you want or something you need? To go through a medical procedure as serious as plastic surgery, you have to wonder what your true motive is? Is it to correct a health complication or is it only to boost your aesthetic and improve self-esteem?

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Specialist plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexander of Universal Hospitals Abu Dhabi, says most patients are looking to reconstruct or ‘photoshop” their looks is they can look like the people they follow on social media.

“Social media does more harm than good because a lot of patients have false high expectations about plastic surgery and we are at the receiving end of that,” says Dr. Alexander.

So before you decide to speak with a doctor about plastic surgery, there are a few things you need to consider beforehand seriously.

What is Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery

Plastic surgery is a surgical speciality that focuses on reconstructing a part of the face or body that has been affected by the disease, burns, congenital disabilities, and trauma.

However, plastic surgery has become increasingly popular due to its ability to improve the aesthetic appearance of a person. This is also known as cosmetic surgery.

Things to Consider Before Getting Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery

1. Are You Healthy Enough?

No matter what reason you want to undergo plastic surgery, you need to make sure that you’re healthy and that your body is competent enough to go through the surgery.

If you have a medical condition, recovering from an illness or disability, you may not be able to proceed with plastic surgery as soon as you think you might. The only way to find out is to speak with a doctor and finding out if you’re you’re qualified.

2. The Risks of Plastic Surgery

Consider the risks of such a procedure, how it may affect you, and the chances an accident or negative outcome might happen. Plastic surgery can have its fair share of accidents that can range from small significance to detrimental outcomes. Ensure that you are getting the best type of treatment for you from a qualified professional.

3. Consider the Recovery Time

Recovering from cosmetic surgery isn’t exactly a walk in the park. You might need days, weeks or even months to recover from the effects of plastic surgery. Most of the times, physical effects can range from skin discolouration, dry or peeling skin to minor bruising.

Oftentimes, these side effects may mean that you can’t go to work or social events while also trying to avoid sunlight. Just keep this in mind when deciding when to proceed with this surgery

4. Consider the Expenses

Plastic surgery int cheap. Speak with your medical practitioner or a professional surgeon about what treatment is exactly the right option for you, and assess how much it will cost.

Also, bear in mind that you may also need downtime from work as well as spending the extra money to buy creams and cosmetics during the process. This may affect your income and expenses.

5. Assess Your Expectations

Assessing and managing your expectations is extremely important. By looking at cosmetic surgery as the one all answer to all your aesthetic goals, you may be left disappointed. Cosmetic surgery can only do so much to your physical appearance, but there is no guarantee on how long or much it can keep you feeling happy.

To get a better idea on what you can expect, so you aren’t disappointed or feel mislead after is to speak openly as possible with your doctor or surgeon. You must communicate what is ”good enough” so they can bring you back to reality. You should only proceed with cosmetic surgery if you are happy with what the doctor can do for you.

6. Find Out Alternatives 

Is plastic surgery the only way? Are there safer options with fewer side effects? Are there treatments that can give you the same outcome without running your wallet dry? Always find out other possible ways, remedies, and treatments that are available to you.

Plastic or cosmetic surgery is not a procedure you should just consider on the fly. The side effects, downtime, cost, and permanent effects should be enough for you to at least consider other possible alternatives. Speak with your doctor, friends and other people who may know a thing or two about beauty and cosmetics.

7. Speak With An Expert

Having plastic surgery works done on yourself is not something you should take lightly. It requires a lot of thought and research. The best way to go about this is to speak with a medical professional and no one else. This is important because whether you can have plastic surgery or not depends on your personal health.

This needs to be assessed by someone with experience and professional qualifications to give such advice. Instead of speaking with friends and finding information online, be sure that you are getting the true and correct advice from your medical practitioner.

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