The new five-year
trending data shows cosmetic procedures are up 24 percent from 2000.
So is cosmetic surgery right for you?
Well, I can't speak for everyone but there are a few things to note on what to expect.
First and foremost, cosmetic surgery is "surgery" and it hurts ...ouch! There is
swelling and puffiness immediately after the procedure, so don't expect to look beautiful
coming right out of surgery.
Understand that a nose job or a face lift won't necessarily make you beautiful and it
probably won't change how the world feels about you. In fact, patients have been known to
feel a sense of disappointment after their procedures. Because of this it's extremely
important to understand how much of a change you can expect. Changes could vary from
subtle to extreme.
If you're considering plastic surgery try asking yourself these things first:
Q: Why do I want cosmetic surgery? Who am I doing this for?
A: If it's because your co-worker says you have a big nose or if
you think looking more beautiful for your husband will help him pay more attention to you
then, you're a poor candidate.
Pleasing your co-worker or hoping your husband will be more attentive are poor reasons. A
new face, nose or body won't change how others feel about you, and if it does, it will be
Q: Can I afford This?
A: Most cosmetic procedures are not covered by health insurance
unless they are health related. If you have to scrape together the thousands of dollars it
costs to have a procedure done then you're probably better off looking into non-surgical
or less invasive treatments such as Botox, Chemical peels or microdermabrasions.
Q: What if the results are not what I expected?
A: There's always the chance that expectations won't be met. Be
sure you are ready financially and emotionally to undergo more treatment if the results
failed to meet your expectations.