Is Cosmetic Surgery Right For You?
Cosmetic surgery changes lives. No doubt about it.
Yet even in a world where modern plastic surgery enables men and women to make changes and feel better about themselves, there are doubters.
Why is that?
The figures speak for themselves. Annually, there is an increase in the number of procedures performed, demonstrating that cosmetic surgery has definitely become more acceptable.
No doubt, eating right and exercising regularly will help maintain the healthy and energetic you. However, even after all the sweat, many of us still have excessive cellulite that just will not go away, a face which no longer goes along with that energetic, enthusiastic and confident person.
And how about the sagging jowls and nose which is just not in proportion with the rest of the face, or the breasts that are either too large or too small?
As a nation we continue to diet, colour our hair, whiten our teeth, get facials and fake fingernails.
We spend money on over-the-counter skincare products, pop vitamins and take daily hormone supplements.
We hire personal trainers, get hair implants and take Viagra... all of these actions taken so that we can look better and feel younger.
Yet so many of us hesitate at the prospect of cosmetic surgery.
Certainly, some people still have a dim view of cosmetic surgery, seeing it as frivolous, self-indulgent or vain.
Or they may be reluctant to have a cosmetic procedure because they expect others to argue about the need to accept aging and to feel comfortable with wrinkles, dark spots and sagging jowls.
For such people it often requires a significant life change to motivate them to take control of their looks through plastic surgery.
That significant event may be a job crisis, with increased pressure not only to perform, but also to look more polished and youthful.
Or perhaps a relationship break-up. Such a traumatic experience hardens our resolve to feel better and look fresh so we can face the world anew.
That is not to say that beauty will provide happiness, make someone a kind person or maintain or repair a relationship, but it can improve physical appearance. That alone can psychologically change a person, and restore energy and optimism.
And of course, a part of that is to eliminate bags from under your eyes or or those embarrassing saddlebags so that you can wear fitted pants. And men may not want to grow goatees to cover up a weak chin, and wear baggy clothese to cover their baggy midsection.
The problem for most people is that they do not want to radically alter their appearance - they just want natural-looking improvements.
And that's where cosmetic surgery slots right in. Because cosmetic surgery's aim is only to improve one's appearance.
So, is it really pure vanity that is driving you to want to look or feel more pleasing and youthful? Perhaps, to some, but it is your body and your decision.
Your first step should be to choose and consult with a qualified Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. The doctor you find should put you at ease, explain the procedure, take the time to educate you and answer your questions.
A skilled surgeon can produce wonderful results from any one of the astounding array of procedures available today.
Do your research, check into the available options and make an informed choice.
And remember that cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure which has obvious benefits - but some limitations. Have realistic expectations. You are what you are. Cosmetic surgery just improves what nature provided.