Ready for Plastic Surgery? Ask Yourself These Questions First
Whether you are considering a plastic or cosmetic surgery procedure with Dr. Cho or another board-certified plastic surgeon, it’s very understandable to question whether or not plastic surgery is right for you and your goals. While many patients are pleased with their results, plastic surgery is a big decision, one that requires an open, honest dialogue with yourself and your doctor. Below are some questions that can guide you through the decision making process (remember to answer these honestly, the more honest you are, the more content you will be in the long run).
What are you considering to change and why?
Cosmetic surgery can be used to improve a part of your anatomy that isn’t responding to diet or exercise, never fully developed, became altered after pregnancy or weight gain/loss. Cosmetic surgery could also simply be to improve your self-image and boost your confidence. While this is a healthy reason, ask yourself if you are considering surgery to please yourself or someone else. Your aesthetic goals, self-image and confidence should always be paramount to the potential influence of others.
Are your expectations realistic?
Plastic or cosmetic surgery can improve your appearance dramatically, but it comes with limitations. Talk with your surgeon about your aesthetic goals so that you are realistic in your expectations. While plastic or cosmetic surgery can’t guarantee you will get a nose like your favorite celebrity or breasts like your best friend it can make you the best version of you possible.
Have you done research on the procedure(s)?
Doing your research either online or at our office can provide you with the information you need to know about any type of procedure. This can set your expectations on what you can improve with a particular treatment or procedure and what you can’t. Based on your personal goals, your doctor can recommend the right treatment. Sometimes, what you want fixed can be treated with a non-invasive procedure and won’t even require you going under the knife!
Have you researched the right doctor?
Choosing a trustworthy plastic surgeon you feel comfortable with is just as important as finding the right procedure. We recommend choosing a surgeon who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ASPS members practicing in the United States and Canada are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Don’t be fooled by physicians who claim to be “board-certified”; they should least be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which sets the highest education and training standards. Physicians certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have met the following requirements:
- They have earned a degree from an accredited medical school
- They have completed 3 years of general surgery
- They have completed 2-3 years of supervised residency in plastic surgery
- They have had at least 2 years professional experience
- They have passed rigorous written and oral exams
Choosing the right physician you feel comfortable with and who has the right credentials can provide the best patient care for you and the lowest rate of complications.
Will you have enough time for an effective and comfortable recovery?
Some non-invasive treatments may require no down time at all while most surgical procedures require anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks off work. Depending on your procedure(s) your surgeon will provide you with a post treatment or post procedure guideline. To be able to achieve the best results and a comfortable recovery, it is best to plan a surgery when you are relaxed and can afford the time off to recover and heal. It’s also important to have someone who you can lean on for support, whether that’s a spouse or another family member. This person can help take care of your children if needed as well.
Are you ready for unexpected results?
In case something happens unexpectedly, although it rarely occurs, it’s important to be prepared and realize that it may require some extra time, patience, healing and mutual trust between you and your doctor to see the results you eventually want. It’s important to mentally prepare yourself, just in case, so you can avoid emotional distress.
Are you 100% committed?
The most important thing to think about is if the time, effort, and cost of plastic or cosmetic surgery will benefit you (and only you) in the long run. If you aren’t sure if you can afford surgery or if you aren’t quite ready physically and/or mentally, it’s okay to wait it out. It is a very big decision! If you still have some questions or concerns that have not been addressed, just give us a call. We’re here for you!
If you do feel that plastic or cosmetic surgery is something you are ready for, be sure set up an initial consultation with Dr. Cho at one of our offices.