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Planning early for your plastic surgery – surgeons, recovery and other implications

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You are not happy with the way you look, and plastic surgery might be the solution? Don’t be afraid to make a change in order to feel better in your own skin. When done right, the effects of plastic surgery won’t be so evident that people start asking you about them. The outcome should please you from all points of view and this is the reason why you have to plan everything carefully, from choosing a good surgeon to paying attention to recovery recommendations and so on. This article should help you organize all the aspects of a plastic surgery in a reasonable amount of time.

Research and documentation are both paramount for making sure that everything will turn out as expected. You have to expand your knowledge related to this topic and get to know every step involved into plastic surgery. This decision is an important one that could affect the rest of your life in a positive or a negative way. Be prepared to invest time and resources into it for achieving the expected result. Rushing the process will always make things worse, so take your time to decide what’s best for your situation. Here are the details you should know about:

Be aware of the implications of plastic surgery

Before anything else, you should find and read as much information as you can about the plastic surgery you want to choose. Depending on your very own situation, your medical history, and your budget, there are specific details you should know about the respective surgery. In case you are not completely sure what type of surgery do you need in the first place, you should read about the many options you have and select the one that you think it’s suitable. Each plastic surgery type comes with certain implications – a specific recovery time, using medication, requiring further interventions etc. Learn about them and make sure that you are willing to go through the entire process. Also, figure out your budget. The prices for plastic surgery may vary depending on the surgeon or the clinic you choose.

Most common types of plastic surgery

The most common types of plastic surgery include breast augmentation, facelift, tummy tuck and liposuction, in the case of women. Men often choose rhinoplasties, hair transplants, breast reduction and liposuction.

  • Breast augmentation involves getting breast implants in order to increase or modify the shape or size of the breasts. Breast implants are also used in reconstructing breasts after mastectomies or to correct congenital defects.  
  • Facelifts, also known as rhytidectomies, are plastic surgeries that both men and women can opt for. It is a procedure used for redraping skin on the face or neck. The purpose of this procedure is to give the patient a youthful appearance. It can also be used after losing weight.
  • Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery used for changing the appearance of a person’s abdomen, by making it thinner and tightening the skin. This surgery is often performed after pregnancy or major weight loss.
  • Liposuction is a plastic surgery used to get rid of excess fat anywhere on the body. This is not a long-term solution, as the fat will return and redistribute in a few months if no further changes in habits are considered (dieting, exercising etc.)

Recovery times and risks involved

Each plastic surgery has specific recovery times. Your surgeon will let you know what these times are and will guide you through the steps you have to complete for proper recovery. Some plastic surgeries also require a second or third intervention for making required corrections. All surgeries, regardless of their type, are risky. You should get informed about the possible risks and complications that can occur during the surgery and be prepared to face them in case they happen.

Choosing the perfect surgeon

Give yourself at least two weeks to research and come up with a list of surgeons you would prefer working with. Not all plastic surgeons are reliable and some of them might not be available. You could use a people search service to find out more information or the contact details of the surgeons you’re interested in. After analyzing your options, set up a meeting to see which surgeon has the expertise to perform the plastic surgery you want. Look for reviews online and ask previous patients about their experience with the surgeon. It is a decision that you should make patiently and carefully.

Moral and physical support

Last, but not least – get yourself some people you can trust. You will need both moral and physical support once you get out of surgery and help is more than welcomed at this point. Talk with your family and friends about the procedure and confirm a trusted adult to stand by you during the whole process.

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