There are times when you know that plastic surgery is the right thing for you and that you’re ready for it. You’ve read all the books and information on the procedure you want, such as breast surgery, or a tummy tuck, and you understand the risks, the recovery process, and what the surgery can or can’t do.
In other cases, plastic surgery might be something you think about, but aren’t quite sure if you’re ready to commit to or not. Aside from having a feeling of uncertainty about a procedure, there are a few clear signs that you’re not the ideal candidate or aren’t quite ready for plastic surgery at the moment.
Someone Else Wants You to Have Plastic Surgery
Rule number one when it comes to plastic surgery is this: you have to be the person making the decision to have it. If someone else, whether it’s a close friend, a romantic partner, or a family member, is pressuring you to have surgery and you’re not sure you want it or are ambivalent about it, it’s likely that now is not the right time to have surgery.
Being pressured into having surgery won’t just make you less likely to feel satisfied with the results of your procedure. It also puts a strain on your relationship with the person who is pressuring you. Instead of having surgery to try to please a family member or to try to keep your partner from leaving you, it might be better to consider having therapy or counseling with that person, so that you can work through your issues.
You’re Not in the Best of Health
Your health is a crucial deciding factor when it comes to having cosmetic surgery or not. Since the procedure is an elective one, meaning you don’t need to have it for medical reasons, most surgeons will only perform plastic surgery if the patient is in good health.
That means you shouldn’t have any untreated, long-term conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or liver problems. Before your surgery, you should have a medical exam and blood tests, even if you think your health is fine. Depending on your age, your surgeon might also want you to have an echocardiogram to make sure your heart is in good health.
Keep in mind that having a chronic condition like diabetes doesn’t completely rule out plastic surgery. If you are able to keep your condition under control, for example, if you’re able to get your blood sugar to an acceptable level, you might be able to have surgery.
In some cases, personal choices you make can impact your health when it comes to surgery. For example, if you’re a smoker and you won’t or can’t quit smoking for at least two weeks before the scheduled procedure, your surgeon will most likely strongly advise against having it. Smoking can interfere with the healing process, putting you at an increased risk for poor wound healing and other complications.
Your Schedule is Packed
You need to make time in your life for surgery. Unlike non-surgical treatments, you can’t simply breeze into the surgical center, have your procedure, then breeze back into your everyday life.
Depending on the type of surgery you have, recovery afterwards can mean taking anywhere from a week to several weeks off from work. It can also mean finding a sitter or caretaker for your kids and pets for several weeks, giving up your workout or exercise routine for about a month, and otherwise having to adjust your schedule.
If now’s a busy time in your life and you have a lot to juggle, from work and kids to exercise and a host of other commitments, it might not be the ideal time to schedule or even consider surgery.
You’re Looking for a “Magic Fix”
It’s true that plastic surgery improves certain aspects of your appearance. Breast augmentation enlarges breasts that were too small and a breast lift can make saggy breasts perky. A facelift takes years off and liposuction gets rid of stubborn, extra fat. But, it’s crucial that you don’t go into surgery thinking that it will magically solve all of your problems.
Liposuction, for example, won’t end your weight battles, and won’t help you lose massive amounts of weight. A breast augmentation won’t convince your husband or partner to stick around, and a facelift won’t make people like or respect you more.
What might happen is that changing some aspect of your appearance can make you feel more confident in yourself, and you might be willing to make some positive life changes afterwards. But, the surgery itself won’t do that.
You Don’t Actually Need Plastic Surgery
It’s true, not everyone needs surgery, even if they are a good candidate for it otherwise. For example, if you have just a small amount of stubborn extra fat, you might benefit from a procedure like Coolsculpting more than liposuction. If you don’t yet have a significant amount of facial sagging, non-surgical options such as Ultherapy or injectables might better suit you.
Since there are so many variables involved when it comes to plastic surgery, a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is a must. During your consultation, the surgeon can discuss your reasons for wanting surgery, help you better under what specific procedures can and can’t do, and help you compare the differences between surgical options and non-surgical ones.
If you’re not ready for surgery just yet, don’t worry. It might be that it’s never the right option for you, or it might be that in a few years time, surgery will make perfect sense.
To learn more about your surgical options and see if you’re ready, schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Vitenas, a top-rated plastic surgeon in Houston, Texas, today. Call (281) 484-0088 to make an appointment.