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Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery, in essence what is it? In very simple terms it is a way to improve or enhance your appearance using surgery.If you go back a few years cosmetic surgery was mainly used to help people who were born with disfigurements or had been damaged by an accident. Reconstructive surgery was known by many as a way to make themselves look normal after a major operation or accident. Breast reconstructive surgery probably being the most common following breast cancer. Today though cosmetic surgery to enhance looks and appearance is much more common.You may be considering cosmetic surgery; however, firstly you need to be realistic. Cosmetic surgery will not make you look like your favourite celebrity; neither will it make you look 20 years old if you are 50! There is only so much that a cosmetic surgeon can do, so be realistic about the outcome.Cosmetic Surgery does not come without risks and as most surgery is done under a general anaesthetic there will be the risk attached to this. Also surgery can go wrong, plastic surgeons should go through all the risks with you prior to any decisions being made, if they don’t do this, run and don’t stop until you find a decent surgeon. Before you decide on a procedure, get as much information about it as you can. The most common types of plastic surgery are:

  • Breast Enhancement
  • Breast Reduction
  • Liposuction
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Face Lift
  • Blepharoplasy - Upper and lower eye lid reduction
  • Rhinoplasty - Nose surgery
  • Ostoplasty - Ear surgery

If you can find someone who has already had the type of cosmetic surgery that you are interested in, talk to them and find out what experience they had. Everyone is different but at least you should get a realistic view of what to expect and they can probably give you some tips on how to prepare for surgery and how to deal with any problems afterwards.  Cosmetic surgery does not come without some pain, unfortunately you have to have the pain to get the gain.  Be careful when selecting a plastic surgeon. Make sure your plastic surgeon is qualified. Whenever possible use someone who has been recommended. If you don’t know anyone who has had the procedure then contact a couple of cosmetic surgeons and ask if they have anyone who they have operated on who would be willing to talk to you about their experience. This is not ideal as they are unlikely to let you contact someone who is not satisfied but it may help you make an informed decision. Go to a reputable hospital, they have lists of plastic surgeons who will work out of that hospital and possibly others, this gives you a choice geographical about where you wish to have your surgery.

Get quotes for the surgery you require, the same surgeon may give you different prices depending on where you have the surgery, this is because different hospitals charge the surgeon different rates to use their facilities and also because they charge for each night of your stay in hospital and the rates may vary, a little like a hotel. Make your decision based on the information you collect, don’t necessarily go for the cheapest quote. You have to pay for an initial consultation however, after you have seen a surgeon you are not happy, pay to see another one. Cosmetic surgery is not cheap so if it means spending an extra £60 to put your mind at ease by seeing a second surgeon, do just that. Once you have made your decision and you want to go ahead with a cosmetic procedure you then need to consider the more practical aspects, we have listed a few of them that may help you.

How are you going to pay for the cosmetic surgery?  Hospitals and surgeons require you to pay up front for the surgery; cheques have to be cleared prior to your surgery date. You may be charged extra for using a credit card. Debit cards are fine though and you will be able to pay using a debit card on the day of surgery.

Make sure you have ascertained how long your hospital stay is and how long the recovery period is. If you drive you will need to know how long you must refrain from driving. This will enable you to make arrangements for time of work, for any children or pets you have and hopefully the more organised you can be the less stressful the whole process is.

 Make sure you know what items may be needed after your surgery and ensure that you purchase them prior to going into hospital. For example you may be asked to purchase a special support bra after breast surgery. You may be asked to moisturise your scars after eye lid reduction. It will make it much easier for you if you do as much as you can prior to your surgery.

Eat healthily, plenty of fruit and vegetable so that you give your body the best chance to recover.  If you take the herbal remedy arnica  a few weeks prior to and after surgery it will help to minimise bruising.

Finally,  don’t be tempted to do too much too quickly. Let your body recover.

 



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