Is Cosmetic Surgery Right For You?

Your desire for and the decision to undergo any form of cosmetic surgery procedure is very personal and serious. There are several factors to consider when deciding to have cosmetic surgery. It is important to realize that this is a decision which should be made by you, for yourself and for the reasons that are right for you. The ideal candidate for aesthetic surgery is an individual who recognizes a specific area in which his or her appearance could be improved and has a strong personal desire to make a change.

Whatever your reasons for choosing cosmetic surgery, it is important to have realistic expectations. Improving a feature of your face or body may give you greater self-confidence and add to your sense of well-being, but it is not a guarantee of happiness or improved relationships with others. Surgery can enhance your appearance; the rest is up to you.

Perception and reality are dynamic and powerful forces. Perception, even if not based on truth (reality) can strongly impact our experience and surgical outcome. It is important to remember that cosmetic surgery can help change the physical reality of your body so that it can positively impact one’s self-perception.

Over the years, surgeons and psychologists have found that certain attitudes indicate cosmetic surgery is appropriate for a patient.

Is There a Real Flaw or Imperfection?

First, is there a cosmetic flaw that lends itself to surgical correction? Do you have small, large or sagging breasts? Do you have a large nasal hump or bulbous tip? Is your stomach stretched and hanging? Does this flaw lend itself to improvement?

Are You Motivated for Yourself?

You are better suited for cosmetic surgery if you wish to please yourself, not your family or friends. Can you honestly say to yourself, “I want this operation even if no one but me ever notices anything has changed?”

Are Your Goals Well Defined?

The person who enters a consultation room and asks a vague, unfocused question, such as “What can you do to make me look better?” or “I haven’t liked the way I look for years.” Does not have a clear goal in mind and may not be a good candidate for cosmetic surgery.

Because there are many resources via the internet about cosmetic surgery available to you, it is important that you get accurate information from credible sources and schedule a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who can answer questions about your own unique situation.

Copyright (c) 2007 Dr. Robert Kenevan