Considering a little nip here or tuck there? 7 essential questions to ask before going under the knife

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The world we live in today is very visual. To be honest it can be down right conceited. Keeping up with everyone else in a whirlwind of social media, selfies, reality TV and self image can be exhausting, and expensive.

Plastic surgery is no longer a topic whispered in the dark corners of a sleazy strip club. It is a very common procedure. At the end of the day, who doesn’t want to look amazing? We now have the power to shed pounds and inches on our lunch break.

The thing is, plastic surgery is not for everyone. There are a lot of questions that you should have concerning surgery. Here are a few vital ones that you should be asking yourself for sure!

Here are 7 questions you should ask yourself before proceeding to the surgeons office.

  1. How experienced is the surgeon you are considering?
  2. Does the surgeon have proof of both their qualifications and experience?
  3. How safe or confident do you feel about the surgeon you have chosen?
  4. Do you have realistic expectations about the outcome?
  5. Have you prepared for recovery?
  6. Are you doing this for yourself or for someone else?
  7. How informed do you feel concerning the process from beginning to the end commitment?

Look, a surgeon who is not registered is dangerous. You have to go with someone with verifiable credentials. While there are some amazing success stories out there you will also find some horrific stories, some even tragic. Do not go on online reviews alone.

The more experience a surgeon has the better, and if you can actually consult with former patients then that is super too. Never be too intimidated to ask him or her about their skills and experience. Being able to openly talk to your surgeon is essential, and if you feel you can’t then you probably should go elsewhere. You do not want to deal with someone with whom you do not feel 100% safe. Try establishing a rapport with him/her. If you aren’t connecting then move on.

It is vital to be realistic about the outcome of surgery. Recovery is often painful, you won’t be able to go back to work right away, you will look rough at the surgical site for a while and you are going to need help. There are no magic fixes. Be honest with yourself about the limitation that the surgery you have chosen will come along with.

Having a support system and truly thinking through your decision as well as the motivation behind that decision is very important. This is not something easily taken back, and sometimes cannot be reversed at all. You will need help. Plastic surgery is invasive. It hurts.

Though we live in a vain society of people one should never go bankrupt trying to obtain this image that they have made for themselves. If you can’t afford it don’t do it. We most certainly should never go with the cheap alternative.

It would be easy to get all excited and rush forward with surgery without really thinking it through, but to be honest this is your life. There are real stories out there of women who have went under the knife and come out horribly disfigured. Other women never made it out to tell their stories. Even if someone is getting you the surgery as a gift, check the surgeon out thoroughly.

Many times we are our own worst critic, and that thing that drives us nuts may very well be what attracts others to us. Sometimes our imperfections are perfect just the way they are.