Cosmetic surgery is a big step for many. From a simple procedure like liposuction through to extension tummy tuck, nose surgery or even more radical procedures, we consider some of the pros and cons of what's involved in going under the knife.
In recent years, cosmetic surgery procedures have become more popular than ever before. It is now possible to have a small cosmetic surgery procedure in a single day (or even have one done in just a few hours) and prices for cosmetic surgery have dropped significantly. However, if you are thinking about having a cosmetic surgery procedure, you will need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of cosmetic surgery carefully.
As with any other kind of surgery, cosmetic surgery carries a number of health risks that will naturally differ depending on the kind of procedure that you want, however, by weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of cosmetic surgery you can make a well-informed decision.
You should start by considering a number of factors such as the severity of the surgery (i.e. how long will the operation take, is it complex therefore carrying higher risks to you and how long will it take for you to fully recover from your surgery? ).
You should also consider any other important factors, such as the costs involved. Cosmetic surgery can be very expensive – it often costs thousands of pounds – to this end, you will need to ensure that you can afford your procedure, or at least that you can get finance to pay it back over a longer term.
When you are considering the advantages and disadvantages of cosmetic surgery a large number of personal factors will naturally change your view on surgery. For example; the term ‘cosmetic surgery’ can cover a wide range of procedures – from surgery to correct facial deformities to breast implants or liposuction procedures. It could be that you have been saving up for some time to have a procedure such as a nose job done – you have already weighed up the risks i.e. how long it will take you to recover from your operation and any possible elements of the operation that could go wrong, and you are happy to proceed.
Some cosmetic surgery procedures can be literally life-changing – by correcting an area of your body that you are unhappy with, you can gain a whole new positive outlook on life. However, if you are simply having cosmetic surgery to slightly alter a part of your body that you are not 100% happy with, you will need to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of cosmetic surgery before you make your appointment.
Although the majority of cosmetic surgeries are performed without any problems at all, you will need to be aware of any potential risks that are involved with an operation before you proceed. As an example, if you are opting for liposuction, could the same results be obtained by implementing an ongoing exercise routine instead of opting for cosmetic surgery as a ‘quick fix’? If so, you could save yourself a lot of money and potentially a lot of pain by avoiding surgery.
Before you even consider going for cosmetic surgery, it is definitely a good idea to make a list of the pros and cons involved with the procedure you're thinking of. Then talk this through with a close friend or partner so you get a second opinion in effect.