Cosmetic surgery is becoming more popular than ever. It’s become socially acceptable and something that is socially desirable in many parts of the world. If you are thinking about updating your appearance, and have never undergone any procedures or treatments in the past, there are some things you may want to consider before taking the plunge. Here’s our top 10:
1. Understand your “why” for wanting to proceed with cosmetic surgery
Making sure that you are getting cosmetic surgery for the right reasons is very important. Are you doing this to impress a significant lover? To look more like a certain celebrity? Or to enhance your features, but maintain your look? A healthy understanding, with realistic expectations and acceptance of the risks and limitations involved, are crucial for considering any kind of surgery.
2. Do preliminary research on the Internet on the procedure(s) you are interested in
Chances are that you already have a good idea of the parts of your body that you are happy with and perhaps have some parts that you would like to change or improve. Most people opt to first research their procedure of choice on the Internet, so that they can equip themselves with more knowledge before contacting a clinic to set up a consultation. CosMedicList provides an amazing planning tool where you can find the right cosmetic surgery treatment for you and get a free report tailored to your preferences. You can access the “Plan Your Procedure” section by clicking here.
3. Understand the risks involved that comes with cosmetic surgery
As with any surgery, there are some risks and limitations involved. Assess your comfort level and be prepared for any dissatisfaction that may arise after any type of cosmetic surgery. General complications may include excessive bleeding or infection. Address these concerns with the doctor and do not hesitate to follow up with them if you have more questions. While you are at the surgical site, check the facilities for cleanliness and take notice of how the staff interacts with each other. You should be fully confident in your assessment before proceeding with cosmetic surgery.
4. Talk to trusted friends or family members
Confide in your friends or family members who have your best interests at heart. Perhaps a friend who had a good experience in the past, one who had an average experience and one who knows you best who has never undergone surgery. Their input could be very valuable and they could raise questions that perhaps you had not considered before. Remember that this could be a big decision for you and that you do not need to feel that are you alone in making it. With the advice and support of loved ones prior to, during and after your surgery, it may make the whole process easier.
5. Find a qualified and reputable surgeon
“A great place to start is the Internet,” says Dr. Stephen Mulholland, cosmetic surgeon and owner and director of SpaMedica in Toronto. “When looking into a particular surgeon, cosmetic dermatologist or clinic, visit the following sites to verify that the doctor and/or clinic you are considering is accredited:
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (rcpsc.medical.org)
Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons (plasticsurgery.ca)
Canadian Society of Aesthetics Plastic Surgeons (csaps.ca)
Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (caaasf.org)
All surgeries performed in a clinic must be accredited and approved by the CAAASF, and all physicians that maintain their fellowships in good standing are listed, along with their specialty and certification date, on the Royal College’s of Physician and Surgeon’s Maintenance of Certification section. Be thorough – you’re interviewing the people who will change the way you look, so take the extra time to investigate.”
6. Set-up in-person consultations and interview at least 3 doctors
Have a checklist of questions to ask each doctor and take note of their responses. Share with the doctor the procedure you’re interested in and be sure to have the following questions answered: How is the procedure performed? What are your options? Is this procedure right for you? What results can you expect? What are the pros and cons of the procedure? What does aftercare entail? What are the limits and risks? What is the average cost of the procedure? What is the recovery time? Why should I choose you over another doctor? They should be knowledgeable in the areas of concern and should not hesitate if you ask them for patient testimonials or to speak to a previous client who is willing to share their experiences. CosMedicList provides a Find A Doctor feature where you can locate a doctor, review their profile and request for one-on-one consultations with them directly through the CosMedicList website by phone or email.
7. Understand the recovery process
Plan ahead and ensure that you are fully informed about the recovery process. Some procedures may only require an hour of your lunch time while others may require you to take a month off work. Patients often neglect to think about many important post-op factors: Is it a walk-in walk-out procedure? Will you need assistance leaving the clinic? Will you be in pain? What does the post-operative care entail? There are a number of factors to take into consideration and your doctor should discuss all of these thoroughly with you in advance.
8. Ensure that you have the financial means to afford the procedure
The last thing you want is to be in debt when choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery. It should be noted that cosmetic surgery is not covered by most health insurance plans. The cost varies depending on the procedure, ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. When you take into consideration the cost of any follow-up care or additional corrective procedures, the amount can quickly add up. You should be mentally and financially prepared for the duration of your procedure, as you will also need to factor in your regular daily spending. Average costs of each procedure can also be found on CosMedicList’s “Procedures” section by clicking here.
9. Take time to decide the ‘best fit’ for you
After interviewing your top doctors of choice and meeting them in person in their clinic, it is a good idea to take some time and review your notes. Is there a doctor whom you feel that you especially connected with, whom you trust based on their qualifications, experiences and instinct. Depending on the procedure you choose, you may be visiting the clinic for follow-up treatments, so a good doctor-patient relationship from the beginning is imperative.
10. Be happy and confident in your final decision
After taking into consideration all of the research and consultations with the selected doctors, and perhaps talking to your trusted family and friends one more time, make your final decision. It should be made without pressure and should come from you. Perhaps it’s the right time and maybe it isn’t yet. Whatever you decide, be happy and confident with your choice.
Published By: Canadian Living
Written By: Katherine Flemming
Article Name: 10 Things to Do Before You Undergo Cosmetic Surgery