Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a deeply personal decision that should not be taken lightly. Making the choice to permanently alter part of your body requires a significant amount of forethought and research—you not only need to consider the procedure itself, but also the recovery period and how you’ll become accustomed to your changed appearance.
Before you decide to have cosmetic surgery, try asking yourself these three questions to help you determine if it’s the best option for you.
1. Is it the right treatment for me?
When considering a cosmetic procedure, it’s important to do your research, as having a good understanding of what the process involves and what the likely outcomes are, will help to keep your expectations realistic. While you may initially think a treatment or procedure is going to be the ideal solution to treat your condition, that may not always be the case.
Before you get your heart set on a procedure, it’s important you seek out the right advice to verify whether the procedure will be able to meet your goals and find out more about the potential risks involved. A good practitioner will explain both the capabilities and limitations of the treatment and may suggest other options which may be a more suitable fit for what you want to achieve.
Cosmetic treatment should be about enhancing your natural beauty while respecting your body, and the best candidates are individuals who have realistic expectations of what the procedure can achieve for them. Unrealistic expectations of what a treatment can achieve will ultimately lead to disappointment, so it’s important to listen to your surgeon to fully understand what’s involved and the likely outcome of the procedure..
The recovery process is another thing that needs to be considered. Depending on the type of surgery, you may need to allow for some time away from work or other activities, so it’s important you understand the expected recovery time and are adequately prepared for it.
2. Can I afford it?
There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to cosmetic surgery. Every patient is different and each patient’s surgery requirements are unique, so it’s not uncommon for the cost of a cosmetic procedure to differ depending on the individual needs of the patient..
There are several things to consider when preparing financially for cosmetic surgery, including:
- the type of surgery being performed,
- the number of treatments required,
- the techniques being utilised,
- the doctor performing the procedure,
- where the procedure will be performed, and
- what components/follow-up services are included.
Be wary of cheap or discount offers, as cosmetic surgery is not something you want to get wrong. Overseas tourism-surgery clinics offering low-cost procedures often have little to no follow-up care and no option for recourse if you’re not happy with the results.
Surgical decisions should not be made on monetary reasons alone. You should also pay careful consideration to your health and wellbeing, basing your decision on the competence of the doctor rather than the cost of the procedure.
3. Have I chosen a reputable clinic and surgeon?
Choosing the right clinic and surgeon is crucial to ensuring your safety and satisfaction with the outcome of the surgery. Consider not only the surgeon’s qualifications and accreditation, but also the number of years of experience they have.
Not all surgeons are alike and you need to be fully informed and understand your options before commencing any treatment. To be confident they’re the right practitioner for you, it’s important you not only feel comfortable with them, but that you’re also happy with their responses to all your questions.
Enquire about how often they perform the procedure, their success rate and patient satisfaction record, and request to view before and after photos of actual work done by the surgeon so you understand the likely results. You should also find out whether they’ll be available for post-operative or afterhours care if you need it.
Also pay close attention to the clinic where you’ll be undergoing the procedure. Do you feel comfortable with the nurses, support staff and facilities? Do you feel as though you are being listened to and your individual needs are being considered?
At Me Clinic, we have over 35 years of experience and training in cosmetic surgery and a team featuring renowned surgeons who are up to date with the latest techniques. With unparalleled safety and patient satisfaction records, we take the time to talk you through all the options to ensure you always receive the best advice and guidance before committing to a cosmetic procedure.
Book a personal consultation with one of our highly qualified and experienced surgeons to find out more about having cosmetic surgery at Me Clinic.