by Amy Pusey
(last updated September 10, 2018)
Plastic surgery offers the opportunity for individuals to alter their appearance. It can correct imperfections, enhance attributes, or be used for restorative reasons following accidents, burns, or birth deformities. What is important when you decide to have plastic surgery is that you are seeking to satisfy you, and not doing it in hopes of pleasing someone else. Plastic surgery is generally defined by two categories, which are reconstructive and cosmetic. Reconstructive surgery affects function and cosmetic pertains to changing your appearance. There are approximately 25 different types of plastic surgical procedures available today. The most popular of these surgeries include the following:
A good plastic surgeon will have a consultation with you prior to scheduling any surgical procedures. They are responsible for ensuring your understanding of the possible outcomes of the requested surgery. It is also important they assess your reasons for wanting the surgery and expectations for results to make sure you are psychologically prepared for changes you will experience post-operation. Physicians look for reasons that focus on how you feel about yourself, and are concerned when the reasons are about others, such as looking better to save a marriage. A few positive reasons may be:
Plastic surgery offers the opportunity for great physical change, and it is critical that you have sound psychological expectations. What follows are some questions you may want to examine prior to seeking your physician consultation:
Finally, you want to be sure that you have appropriate physical expectations following surgery. Plastic surgery generally requires a certain amount of recovery time because your body has experienced a trauma. You should prepare your mind for the actual physical results immediately after surgery. These may typically include:
The better you prepare yourself for the psychological and physical changes pre- and post-surgery, the stronger you will be in successfully getting through the potentially long recovery period.
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