“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”
While cosmetic surgery can make you the fairest of them all, going under the knife is not for everyone. Many women opt for girls makeover (non-invasive procedures) to achieve an improved appearance. This can include Botox, makeup and facial treatments.
However, if an extreme makeover is right for you, it is important to understand the process, benefits, and risks.
Is a Cosmetic Surgery Make Over right for Me?
There are many reasons to undergo plastic surgery: youth, confidence, increased appeal, and even career success. In fact, Americans were looking and feeling better as 1.6 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2011. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Report, these numbers have risen with the current improvement in the economy.
Whatever the reason, make sure it’s for you and no one else. A good candidate for an extreme makeover is healthy, does not smoke, and is willing to follow a physician’s instructions before and after cosmetic surgery.
It is important to select your cosmetic surgeon and facility based on certification. Do your homework to make sure both have provided quality care for other patients. Seek recommendations from those who have had similar procedures with successful outcomes. Schedule a consultation with the surgeon.
Consultations include evaluations, medical and medicinal history, allergies, expectations, and risks. Some helpful questions to ask include:
- Do I make a good candidate for this procedure?
- What are the pros and cons of this surgery?
- How many procedures will I need for expected results?
- What type of anesthetic will be used?
- Is hospitalization required for this procedure?
- What follow-up care will I receive?
- How long is recovery?
- What are the costs involved?
Always ask how often the surgeon has performed the type of procedure you are requesting. He or she should have photographs of the process and results. Study the pictures and look for incisions that fall within the folds of the skin. Patient photos should reveal a natural, post-recovery appearance.
Once you have made your selection, your surgeon will take measurements and photographs of the area needing treatment.
On the day of cosmetic surgery, anesthesia is given and an incision is made. Depending on the type of surgery, a surgeon will insert facial implants, make soft tissue augmentations, remove fat, or fill wrinkles. The skin is replaced, treated for infection prevention, and bandaged.
Bruising, swelling, and pain will be present and it may take a few days or even weeks to recover. It is important to understand that it may take a while for the final results to become evident.
Psychologically, a patient who has received an extreme makeover procedure experiences an increase in confidence and self-esteem. By achieving the desired look, he or she becomes more relaxes in social interaction. These results contribute to a happier, more accepted life.
Cosmetic surgery is surgery, and complications are possible.
- Excessive bleeding.
There are no surgical guarantees, and expecting perfection is unrealistic. Save yourself disappointment by having a realistic understanding of what the surgeon can do for you.
Cosmetic surgery can only erase lines and improve imperfections. It cannot heal a relationship, make you feel worthy, or relieve depression. Having a good attitude and a realistic expectation will make your experience more satisfying.
Most health insurance plans do not cover cosmetic surgery. Depending upon the type of surgery, patients can pay anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Additional treatments or post-surgery care can add to the final cost.
Many patients elect to have surgery abroad for lower costs. While they save thousands of dollars, they are able to work with highly qualified surgeons in beautiful destinations. Take time to consider all of your options before making a decision between girls’ makeover or an extreme makeover.