Is cosmetic surgery right for me?

Choosing to have a cosmetic procedure is a personal decision that needs to be
made in consultation with a doctor or surgeon. It’s necessary to have all the
relevant facts.

Are you a good candidate for a cosmetic procedure?
In order to determine if you are a good candidate for a cosmetic procedure,
your doctor or surgeon will consider several things, including:

  • your general health
  • your current and past medical history
  • your state of mind
  • your reasons for wanting the procedure done

You need to have realistic expectations of the outcome of the procedure.

What are your alternatives?
If you are looking for alternatives to cosmetic procedures, some do exist.

For example, to remove unwanted hair, you may prefer to use wax, depilatory
creams, or shaving. Alternatives to tooth-whitening cosmetic procedures include
whitening toothpastes.

If you are considering liposuction to reduce excess body weight, you may wish
to look first at other means of losing the weight through diet and/or exercise
– a certified nutritionist or dietitian may guide you to approaches you hadn’t
been aware of.

If you want to keep your facial skin toned, facial exercises may help. To help
your skin remain young and healthy, you should:

  • wear a daily moisturizer with a minimum of SPF 15 to protect from UV damage
    that causes premature wrinkles and fine lines
  • avoid smoking, which deprives your body of oxygen
  • drink the recommended 8 glasses of water each day to retain moisture in
    your skin

Many people find that changing their clothing, hair, or makeup can minimize
an apparent flaw or even present it as a positive distinctive feature. Some
things that are undesirable to some people are even positive attributes in the
eyes of others – a certain shape of nose, for instance, or physical features
that give an air of maturity. And what may seem like a terrible defect to the
person who has it may be virtually unnoticeable to others – and may seem much
less important at a later time.

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