Plastic surgery can be an exciting experience but it is also a serious undertaking. Before committing to an invasive cosmetic procedure, patients must consider all of their options carefully. If you are thinking about undergoing plastic surgery in 2019, top Greenwich plastic surgeon Dr. Sandra Margoles recommends you ask yourself the following four questions:
Are You Pursuing Plastic Surgery for the Right Reasons?
Is your significant other pressuring you to enhance your physique? Or, is a recent major life event, such as a divorce or breakup, influencing your decision to undergo plastic surgery? These are examples of bad reasons for wanting plastic surgery. You should only pursue plastic surgery for yourself and not to please someone else.
It is also important to understand that while addressing a bothersome cosmetic feature like an overly large nose or flabby stomach can enhance your self-confidence, it cannot improve all aspects of your life. Ideal candidates need to be aware of this and have realistic expectations of what plastic surgery can and cannot achieve.
Have You Done Your Research?
The most satisfied plastic surgery patients are typically those who have done their research well in advance. Before committing to plastic surgery, take the time to research the procedure of your choice, including candidacy requirements, the recovery phase and potential risks and complications. When selecting a plastic surgeon, you must also research his or her background to determine whether he or she is qualified to perform the procedure you seek. Be sure to look at the surgeon’s before-and-after photos to get an idea of the results you can expect.
Can You Afford the Procedure(s)?
Cosmetic surgical procedures can be costly. Most procedures are considered to be elective, and are therefore not covered by health insurance. Make sure to inquire about the total cost of your procedure, which should include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fee, surgical center’s fees, follow-up appointments and aftercare. Remember to factor in the cost of any medications your surgeon may prescribe after surgery.
In addition, many (but not all) board-certified plastic surgeons offer a variety of payment options, including credit cards and health care financing, to help patients pay for their cosmetic treatments. Ask about payment options during your initial consultation with your surgeon.
Are You Ready for the Recovery Period?
If you are undergoing a surgical procedure like tummy tuck, breast augmentation or facelift, you must consider the recovery period. Procedures like these entail some downtime, which can range from several days to weeks. Work, exercise and everyday tasks like bending and lifting your children will be off limits. When scheduling your procedure, ask yourself if you can fully commit to the recovery period.
If you are ready to take the next step in pursuing plastic surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Margoles. Contact her practice by calling (203) 869-2939 today.