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Should you have plastic surgery?

Published On: Oct 16 2011 08:47:36 PM CDT   Updated On: Jan 03 2014 09:59:08 AM CST
Plastic surgery

Deciding whether cosmetic or plastic surgery is right for you is a decision only you can make, but does require some research on the risks and pros versus cons. Not very many years ago, plastic surgery was commonly performed on only the rich and famous and those who underwent plastic surgery were considered extremely vain. Actually, many celebrities? jobs depend on looking young, so vanity was less of a reason than maintaining a career.

The average citizen now contemplates cosmetic or plastic surgery for almost any defect, from minor to major. There are several procedures to choose from depending on what you feel needs changing or improving. In cosmetic surgery, there is dermabrasion or chemical peels for acne or sun damaged skin. Dermabrasion isn't used as often anymore due to the long healing time and risk of further scarring. Several visits to the dermatologist for chemical peels is the preferred method at this time. There are lunchtime peels too, which are not performed by dermatologists but are mild enough one could also do it at home and continue on to work right afterward.

Plastic surgery is performed by certified plastic surgeons. General or local anesthesia is used to prevent pain while undergoing the procedure. Plastic surgeons commonly perform surgeries from a simple rhinoplasty, breast enhancements or reductions to complete face lifts. Plastic surgeons not only work on those who want something changed, they also perform reconstructive surgery on those who've been disfigured. The results have not only been remarkable for the patients, but have allowed them to lead normal fulfilling lives.

Cost is the first item on the checklist when considering cosmetic or plastic surgery. The more involved the procedure, the higher the cost.

The second item to consider is your health. Surgeries are risky and many things can go wrong from excessive bleeding to death, so if you're in good health you have a better chance at a safe and quick recovery. Having someone stay with you and help you as you recover is another very important consideration.

The third one on the list is ensuring the surgeon is a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon. He should have performed successfully many times the procedure you want done on you. The way to find out is to be sure your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and only works in accredited medical facilities.

Once you've armed yourself with all the knowledge you need, you then can go forward with your decision to wait or go ahead and have your cosmetic or plastic surgery. Don't allow anyone to pressure or dissuade you for this decision is yours and yours alone.

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