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What Can I Expect From Plastic Surgery?

April 13, 2018

You’ve thought about having some cosmetic work done for a while. Or possibly, the notion of plastic surgery has only come to you recently. How do you make an educated decision? How do you manage your expectations from the procedure you want to undertake? Read on to learn more.

Preconceived Ideas

Some people have preconceived ideas dictating whether plastic surgery is appropriate or acceptable and for whom. They can be judgmental about a person who is contemplating having a procedure done.

Unfortunately, seeing someone on television or at the grocery store with less than stellar results can also give the wrong idea about plastic surgery. Or, just as bad, a potential patient may believe that having surgery will solve all their problems and get them that perfect job, the ideal mate, turn them into a movie star, or change their life.

Many myths about plastic surgery are to blame for these notions. All that really matters is the patient’s happiness, health, and satisfaction. If a patient’s family, friends, or significant other are supportive, the decision, surgery, and recovery will be a much easier process.

Before making a decision, talk with other patients about what they’ve had done and their level of satisfaction. In addition, consult with a plastic surgeon or two. Do your research.

Plastic Surgeon vs. Cosmetic Surgeon

Not all surgeons are alike. Ask questions, look at before and after photos, ask for references, and learn as much as you can about the procedure and the surgeon. Be sure your surgery will be in an accredited hospital and your doctor is board certified.

By the way, a cosmetic surgeon is not the same as a plastic surgeon. Any medical doctor can take a weekend training seminar and call themselves a cosmetic surgeon. Plastic surgeons, on the other hand, complete between 6 and 9 years of additional schooling focused on their specialty.  Choosing the best plastic surgeon you can is truly the way to get the results you want.

Feel Comfortable In Your Skin

Both men and women want to feel better about themselves, look younger and more beautiful, or repair a medical issue like a deviated septum, a mastectomy, or an accident. Another common motivation for a woman to get plastic surgery is to regain her pre-baby body. Whatever the reason, lots of people may benefit from having a procedure. However, the most important reason to have plastic surgery is to be more confident and feel more attractive.

Can It Change Your Life?

Maybe, but again, don’t give yourself unrealistic expectations. A procedure can correct or enhance an area of your body that you’ve never liked, giving you a shot of self-esteem and boost your confidence. That, in turn, can improve your outlook and empower you to meet new people, try new things, and have a few adventures. Who knows what may happen?

However, ethically, all surgeons are required to talk to their patients about the procedure they’re looking to have done. If for some reason the surgery won’t work for their body type, (implants too large for example) or pose a health risk, the plastic surgeon may try to talk you out of it.

The bottom line – plastic surgery is a very personal decision. You may know people who have had a procedure, but the results are not the same for everyone. What works for your friend may not work for you. You can read articles online, ask lots of questions, or even look at celebrities, but you have to be the one who loves the results. Have surgery for the right reasons; don’t ever have any procedure to please someone else. Be open-minded and then do what is best for you.

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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