What you need to know about plastic surgery


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Maybe Mother Nature was not so generous or you've had an accident that has caused damage that needs putting right; or perhaps you are an adult who needs more self confidence or a better opinion about yourself. Then plastic surgery is your answer you are looking for.

Plastic surgery can be done either as cosmetic surgery, such as a face lift or eyelid surgery (that means a normal part of the body is reconstructed with the purpose of bringing the patient a better look, self confidence) or as reconstructive surgery to improve the function or the appearance of an abnormal part of the body (for those who have a birth defect, a problem caused by an accident or by ageing). In most cases, the second type is covered by the health insurance policies.

Plastic surgery can be classified as: abdominoplasty, breast enlargement, breast lift, injections with fat or collagen, chemical peel, dermabrasion, ear, nose and eyelid surgery, face and forehead lift, facial implant, hair replacement, laser facial resurfacing liposuction and male breast reduction.

If you've decided on a plastic surgery here are some things that you should know:

  • make a list with pros and cons; be sure that you really want to do it
  • check your health insurance to see if you'll have to pay or not for the surgery
  • find a plastic surgeon; take your time to find the right one; make sure that he/she is well trained (ask for recommendation), has experience and is certified by the relevant authority, for example, British Society of Plastic Surgeons (BSPS)
  • after you've made your mind up, go to a consultation; feel free to ask him/her everything that concerns you (it is recommended to write all your questions down on paper before seeing the doctor)
  • check the future location for the surgery (can be a private clinic, hospital, freestanding surgery center etc) and the conditions/privileges that you'll have there
  • during the surgery you may have one of the three types of anesthesia: local, general or a combination between local and a sedation (you are still awake, but more relaxed)
  • obey all your doctor recommendations, before and after the surgery
  • don't rush things: after it you will have to readjust with the changes and it also takes time to heal
  • don't start using cosmetics for covering unless your doctor has given you permission
  • remember that all surgeries imply some uncertainty and risks, so think carefully about if you want it.

If you are sure that this is the best solution for you, then go for it.

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