When to consider cosmetic surgery?
In the world of beauty, nothing seems more controversial than cosmetic surgery. Part of the debate focuses on celebrities who have surgically distorted their faces to absurdity. The fear of going too far in cosmetic surgery and becoming a pale reflection of oneself deters many people from going under the knife.
More importantly, cosmetic surgery is, in and of itself, surgery. What’s more, elective surgery. The risks incurred during surgery, whatever it is, are undeniable. Admittedly, taking these risks for the sake of beauty is a bit extreme. The absurdity is then at its height if you decide to have recourse to cosmetic surgery without having assessed all the advantages and risks associated with it. However, if you carefully weigh the pros and cons based on the facts and research findings, you can make the best decision for your needs and budget.
Why not age with dignity?
Opposed to those in favor of cosmetic surgery are the naturalists, who argue that cosmetic surgery and such procedures should be forgotten, and that it is better to age as healthily and with dignity as possible. Health is undoubtedly essential, regardless of your age. However, aging with dignity seems quite contradictory to what really happens when you age. Considering the havoc the sun can wreak and the accumulation of years on your face and body, the result of “natural” aging is anything but elegant. This is not an inescapable reality that we simply have to accept, but of course a decision that we all have to make for ourselves.
Cosmetic surgery is a personal choice, and is not given to everyone. Whether you are for or against this type of surgery, the truth is that cosmetic surgery, combined with other aesthetic treatments such as lasers, cosmetic injections and fillers, is the only method that can take a few years off your appearance. after the age of 50 (or earlier, depending on the damage caused by the sun on your skin). Of course, a good skincare routine also plays a major role. However, some signs of aging, such as sagging skin and bags under the eyes, cannot be corrected by skincare products alone. Even the best skincare routines and most effective products have their limits. But, it is certain that after a while,
When is the time to have surgery?
Most people consider having cosmetic surgery when they hear about it from their friends. Once you’ve engaged in this type of conversation, you’ll find yourself in front of a mirror gently pulling on your skin to try and figure out what your jaw line and facial wrinkles might look like with a little improvement, and imagining the result that cosmetic surgery could give you. Usually that’s when your friends tell you that you don’t need plastic surgery, because you’re beautiful. What to do ?
You might consider postponing this surgery until “the need arises”. But, truth be told, the best time to consider cosmetic surgery may be when your skin is still looking good. Indeed, waiting for your skin to hang from your jaw, for your neck to waddle from right to left or for your wrinkles to form folds like a curtain is certainly not the ideal time to call on a surgeon. If your friends ask you if your cosmetic surgery is scheduled for this year, then you know the right time has passed!
One of the main factors encouraging the need for a procedure of this type at an early stage is that surgery of any kind, including cosmetic surgery, is safer when you are younger. First of all, your skin and your body are better able to heal when you are younger. The older you get, the longer the skin takes to repair and heal. If you have cosmetic surgery early, when your face is only beginning to show the signs of age, the results are less extreme than if you look older and your loved ones are used to seeing your your “older” face and neck.
Important factors to consider
The decision to have cosmetic surgery should not be taken lightly, and certainly not as a result of some emotional upheaval in your life, such as an affair or a divorce. These reasons are not sufficient and should not determine when you decide to go under the knife. Of course, don’t make this decision just because you want to look like THE latest celebrity. Here’s what to think about before making the decision to have a body part redone:
Can you afford it? There are a few exceptions, like breast reductions to relieve back pain or straightening the upper eyelid that has sagged to the point of blocking vision… And that’s about it. Cosmetic surgery is not about comparing prices to find the right deal. For example, you may decide to have cosmetic surgery abroad to save money. But sometimes the result is just the opposite. First, you must pay the travel-related costs. Then follow-up appointments (extremely important) are only possible if you agree to go back and forth or if you live there until your full recovery.
What are the risks and how long does recovery take? Surgery always involves risk, and recovery time differs from individual to individual depending on the procedure performed and what you are doing to promote healing (or hinder it) during your recovery. You should discuss these aspects at length with your doctor. If the doctor you see only briefly touches on these much-needed and rather unpleasant details, or simply hands you a sheet listing potential problems, then you’re calling the wrong doctor. Again: any type of surgery, as well as non-invasive cosmetic treatments, carries risks.