According to statistics, more and more people are having plastic surgery. They do it for different purposes; and one of the reasons is that, good looking individuals can land high paying jobs and establish better connections as compared to ordinary-looking ones.
Plastic surgery then becomes an option for the less good looking individuals.
Plastic surgery is gradually being accepted by society especially in the Philippines. However, with so many people who wanted to undergo surgery, there are many neglected considerations that sometimes cause ill-effects to individuals, physically and psychologically.
We can avoid this, only if we are faithful with the dos and don’ts of the procedure. Listed below are the top 10 things both patient and surgeon should consider to have a safe and successful procedure.
This is the first and most important step of a good plastic surgery plan. Expert psychologists will evaluate you if you are mentally and emotionally prepared to undergo a surgery procedure. They will also assess if you have realistic needs and expectations with regards to the results. Requests that are trying to look like a celebrity or to achieve that “perfect” look are alarming signs for plastic surgeons.
Pick the Right Procedure
Not all plastic surgeries are fit for everybody. A certain procedure might not be suitable to your anatomical limitations. For example, if you have an Asian nose and want a pronounced Caucasian feature, plastic surgeons will not recommend you to have the procedure because it will not complement your overall Asian look. A good doctor will advise you what alternative procedures are best for your features.
This is one of the vital parts of a good plastic surgery procedure. A board certified surgeon will know a lot of different tricks to hide surgery scars. It can be hidden under the armpits (for breast augmentation) or behind the ears (for facelift).
Achieve a Pleasant Outcome
Talk to your doctor before you decide to have an operation so that you can cross-check your expectations with him. It is important to have a harmonious outcome that is complementary to your overall look. You can also ask your doctor about the possible outcome just to ensure that you are on the same page.
Minimizing Side Effects
This is an important aspect of good cosmetic surgery recovery. A good surgeon should have plenty of tips and tricks to help you heal faster. Religiously follow your doctor’s advice to minimize the effects. In case you develop redness or excessive swelling, let him know so that he can take measures to ease your pain.
Before you decide on what procedure you want, the best weapon that you can have against disappointing result is education. Research on the particular procedure you are eyeing. Aside from research, ask your surgeon because after all, he is the expert on that matter.
Choose the Right Plastic Surgeon
According to Dr. Edwin Paul V. Magallona, a board certified Philippine plastic surgeon, the most important qualification that a patient should look for in a doctor is if he is board certified. One must also take into account if the surgeon has extensive experience, good education background and lastly, read patient’s reviews. Having a plastic surgery is a life-changing procedure so you must be sure with your doctor.
Avoid Financial Traps
Discuss all possible financial costs with your surgeon before the procedure. Make sure that your doctor presents a pricing quote and you should also discuss with him the cost (if there will be) of unforeseen events like complications, etc.
Ask about Revision Surgery
Did you know that most plastic surgeries require follow up procedures that end up costing almost the same as the initial surgery? Ask your doctor if revision surgical costs are provided at no charge by his clinic.
Look for an Alternative First
If you think that plastic surgery will solve your problems, think again. Before diving in to have a procedure, consider first all possible non-surgical procedure and try them. Then, if it does not work, this should only be the time that you consider cosmetic surgery. Having a surgery is a big health and financial decision so you must thoroughly think things through before you have it.