Why Do You Really Want Cosmetic Surgery? - Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre

Why Do You Really Want Cosmetic Surgery?

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This age-old convoluted question has been tossed about between the nay and yay groups forevermore but really, who are we to judge if you want cosmetic surgery? After all, to each individual, the decision to undergo any kind of cosmetic surgery is extremely personal and voluntary, a contrast to necessary surgeries needed to counteract health risks. However, the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is often driven from a combination of social and emotional factors. The way we perceive our body image is largely dominated by society and how we can accept ourselves and blend into society’s perception is entirely up to the individual. However, if you’re thinking along the points stated below, then you probably have a good reason to consider cosmetic surgery:

  • I’m doing this for myself
  • I don’t recognise the person staring back at the mirror
  • I feel young and fit but I don’t look like it
  • I keep getting remarks that I look tired or exhausted

Is cosmetic surgery for me? To answer this question, you need to be entirely honest with yourself on why you want to rectify or correct a certain part of your body. Here are some questions you should ask yourself before deciding on cosmetic surgery:

  • Are you doing it for re-constructive purposes due to genetic defect or injury; or are you doing it to slow down the aging process?
  • What motivates you to undergo cosmetic surgery? Is it for yourself or are you doing this for someone else (e.g. to please a spouse or girl/boyfriend)?
  • Why do you want to fix or correct that flawed part of your body?
  • When did you start considering about cosmetic surgery? Did you yourself wanted to do something about it or was it because of someone else’s remark?
  • What do you seek after surgery? What are your expectations and are they realistic?
  • Are you correcting a minor irregularity or are you trying to solve a deeper issue?

In any case, honestly answer the questions above to assess why you really want cosmetic surgery and evaluate if you have realistic expectations. First and foremost, cosmetic surgery will not change your life. However, it may boost greater self-confidence; provide more sense of well-being and higher self-impression. It is not an answer to personal problems nor can it make you look like another person. So do not make this decision lightly. An ideal cosmetic surgery candidate is one who is well-motivated for the right reasons and has considered cosmetic surgery for a period of time. Some cosmetic surgery patients have been known to have thought about having their procedures for as long as 5 years or more. Ensuring success One important factor to ensure that your cosmetic surgery results are successful; you need to have a good rapport and communication between you and your surgeon. You must feel absolutely comfortable and be able to communicate openly and honestly with your surgeon. Here at Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre, we understand that cosmetic surgery is a significant investment in emotion, time and effort. If you need assistance in assessing whether you have the right reasons for seeking cosmetic surgery, you should talk to our surgeons before deciding to undergo any procedure.

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