One of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make is deciding to have plastic surgery. Plastic surgery can be life-changing. But it also costs a lot in terms of time and money. Jumping into surgery isn’t something you necessarily want to do. It might not be the right time in your life or you might not be prepared in other ways. When deciding whether or not a particular surgery is right for you, right now, here are a few questions you can ask yourself.
Do You Have a Realistic Idea of What to Expect from the Surgery?
Knowing what is going to happen during and after plastic surgery is essential. You want to have a full understanding of what you can expect during recovery, such as how you’re likely to feel and look and how long the recovery might take. It’s also important to have an understanding of the potential risks involved with any type of plastic surgery.
Questions you can ask yourself to see if you have an understanding of the surgery and what to expect include how long will recovery take and what are the risks for the surgery. You can also ask what your surgeon will do to minimize the risks and what you can do to help make your recovery afterward as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Do You Want Surgery for Yourself?
Here’s a big question to ask yourself before any plastic surgery: Who are you having the surgery for? Ideally, you’ll be thinking about surgery for yourself as a way to improve your own self-confidence and your own feelings. You don’t want to choose surgery to make another person happy or in an attempt to win the approval of another person.
If one of the big reasons you’re thinking about surgery is to make someone else happy or because someone else is pushing or pressuring you to have the procedure, it’s very likely that you won’t be happy with the end results. You might end up regretting your choice since you didn’t make it for yourself.
How’s Your Health?
Being in good health is a must before any type of elective plastic surgery. That includes both your physical health and your mental health. It means not being a smoker and not using any other forms of tobacco.
If you do have a health condition, surgery isn’t necessarily completely off of the table. But you’ll need to work with your surgeon and other doctors to get the condition under control and fully managed in order to reduce any risks for complications when you do have your surgery. That can mean getting your blood sugar levels under control if you have diabetes or taking medication to reduce high blood pressure.
How Will You Pay for the Surgery?
Plastic surgery is expensive. Except for when it’s medically necessary, insurance doesn’t cover it. Having a plan for paying for surgery is a must before you decide to move forward. You can save up for the procedure in advance, but it’s also possible to finance it using a service such as CareCredit. Your surgeon’s practice most likely offers financing options to help patients manage the cost of surgery.
Other options for paying for your procedure include putting it on a credit card or taking out a personal loan from a bank or credit union. Often, credit cards charge the highest amount of interest. The amount of interest you’d pay on a personal loan might be less than on a credit card, but it still tends to be more than the interest charged by programs that are designed to cover medical expenses.
Have You Looked at All of Your Options?
Depending on your specific goals and what you want from a procedure, plastic surgery might not be your only or best option. In some cases, a non-surgical procedure, such as a non-surgical rhinoplasty in place of surgical rhinoplasty or injectable fillers instead of a facelift, might be a better pick for you. Understanding how surgery differs from the non-surgical options can help you see whether one is right for you at the moment or not. It might be that you’re better off with a non-surgical option today, holding off on surgery for a few years.
Speaking with a board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures can help you see whether you’re a good candidate for a particular surgery or if there are other options out there that are better for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Vitenas, a top-rated plastic surgeon in Houston, Texas, call 281-484-0088 today.