Thanks to images in the media showing ‘perfect’ people, a lot of us girls feel the need to alter our bodies in some way. What’s the most common way that we do this? Through plastic surgery, of course. While there’s nothing wrong with having cosmetic surgery if it’s what you want, it’s important to think the decision through.
You see, there’s a lot more to going under the knife than you may realise. So before you decide that cosmetic surgery is a route you want to go down, it’s important that you are aware of both the pros and cons of having surgery. To give you an idea of the good, the bad and the ugly of cosmetic surgery, I thought I would put together this guide.
There’s not just the cost of your procedure to think about
When it comes to plastic surgery, a lot of people only take the cost of the procedure into account. However, it’s worth thinking about how high the price will be if you need extra care and treatment. Not all procedures go to plan; sometimes infections can take hold, which can result in the need for further medical treatment. This can include a longer stay in hospital and a higher than expected bill. When booking your procedure, make sure to ask your surgeon about the cost of additional treatment, if needed. Some clinics cover this for you, while others don’t. So make sure to double check this.
Surgery may boost your confidence
The number one reason a lot of women go under the knife is to help boost their confidence. If you have a feature that you’ve always been self-conscious of, having it fixed could boost your confidence. However, it’s important to realise that undergoing cosmetic surgery doesn’t guarantee a self-esteem boost. If you love your new look, it may make you more confident, but it’s not guaranteed. You may realise that you prefer how you looked before, and end up being even less confident because of this. This is rare but occasionally, it does happen.
Things could go wrong
Most cosmetic treatments go without a hitch. However, that doesn’t mean that yours will do. Every so often, an error is made with a treatment which can lead to your surgery not leaving you looking how you hoped it would. Sometimes, these types of errors can be fixed. Other times, sadly, they can’t. In these cases, compensation can be sought. For instance, say your breast implants exploded, leaving your breasts damaged – worst case scenario. You would then be able to make breast augmentation claims to have the clinic that performed the procedure pay you compensation.
A nose job or liposuction won’t change your life
It’s easy to get into the mindset that having cosmetic surgery will change your life. However, what’s it’s important to realise is that while surgery may make you happier, it won’t change your life significantly. Or, at least, it most probably won’t. A lot of women go under the knife with the idea in their heads that their whole life will change afterwards when that’s often not the case. You’ll probably love your new look and so will your partner, friends and family but that doesn’t mean your whole world will change.
If you do decide to undergo cosmetic surgery, it’s important to be aware of the above things. It’s a big decision to make and one that you need to be completely sure about before going ahead.