New research suggests that most people will choose to have cosmetic surgery to look more attractive rather than younger but, whatever your reasons for wanting procedures, it is not a step that should be taken lightly. There are many, many positives to having cosmetic surgery but there are some things you should consider before committing to having work done.

Are You Sure?

Cosmetic surgery can have a very positive life-changing effect but you need to be absolutely sure that this is what you want.

Make sure that you are not opting for surgery because you feel pressured by someone else or are attempting to put right other areas of your life.

A good surgeon will ask you why you are motivated to have surgery, so make sure you have considered the question carefully. It can help to write down the reasons and take this along to your consultation.

What Is the Result You Want?

You should go to your consultation knowing exactly what you want the results of any surgery to be, although you should also be willing to listen to the advice and recommendations of your surgeon, who will be best-placed to advise you if your expectations are unrealistic or unsuitable for you.

Know the Facts

Even before you meet with a surgeon, do your research about the type of procedure you want. Consider all of the potential outcomes but do not always take what you read on the internet as fact.

Instead, chat with people you know who have already had surgery, speak with your GP, and do not be afraid to ask questions of your chosen clinic and surgeon.

All reputable clinics and practitioners should be more than happy to answer any questions you may have as they will only want to perform procedures on people who are fully informed.

Pick the Right Surgeon

Choosing a cosmetic surgeon is not as easy as simply picking deals from the best-priced supermarket. You will potentially be putting your health and well-being in the hands of this person and so you cannot afford to compromise on experience and reputation.

Do not fear checking out a surgeon’s qualifications or asking to see examples of previous work. A good surgeon will never refuse such requests.

Is Surgery Right for You

Whilst surgery is the ideal solution for many people, you do need to consider whether this is a good option for you. Speak to your GP if you have any medical conditions or are taking medication that could cause issues during or after surgery.

In order to have surgery, you should be in generally good health, and your surgeon may refuse to operate if this is not the case.

If this does happen, remember that your surgeon is acting in good faith and, whilst you may choose to get a second opinion, do not be tempted to employ the services of unscrupulous practitioners who are more concerned with profits than with your health.