Blog – Are you ready for plastic surgery?

Are you?

Let’s face it, we all think about the things we want to change just a little….our boobs (they no longer sit where they used too, or never where they should), our nose (that we don’t like when we see ourselves in photos), our tummies (after having our babies), our faces (often once the kids have grown up) and realise suddenly when our lives are our own, that time has aged us more than we feel- unfairly-Yes!!! ..While we’ve been too busy to really do something about it or afford it. But what is it that makes us take that final step to wake up and think I WILL do something about this?

Is it seeing someone that has the boobs/nose/face/tummy we thought should be ours and thought “Yes!” I want that too! ” Or is it that that we finally recognise a worth in us, that although beauty IS on the inside, we just know that we would be that little bit more confident, stand that little bit taller if we didn’t feel that paranoia in photos, or feel that roll that sits on top our jeans or hate the fact that our boobs only look good in a bra, and thought  ” I could be so much more confident if….”

In reality, most people that do go through with plastic surgery have been thinking about it for years. Rightfully so. It’s a big decision and should not be made lightly, and not during or after a stressful time in your life. A good surgeon will be able to assess you and your motivations and only agree to operate on you if you show clear forethought and a good understanding of what’s involved.

You have to be sensible and you have to make informed choices.  Then and only then are you are in control, and you can decide if it is for you or not.

You need to do proper research. Choose a qualified plastic surgeon. Make sure surgery is carried out in accredited facilities. It will be worth it for the peace of mind. If you are unsure go to the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons website www.asps.org.au. You are sure to find someone whose surgical qualifications are recognised by the Australian Medical Council, the only recognised governing body in Australia.

Safety first, always.

You need to be realistic. If you have a boob, ear, eye, side of the face slightly different to the other side it will likely still be different after surgery. The aim of surgery is to make you more symmetrical but no two sides are ever the same and so be mindful to note this preoperatively. This is one of the main reasons for photos- to highlight these natural differences before surgery. Surgery can sometimes make these differences initially more noticeable (only to you) so you need to be aware of your individual makeup, as confronting as it may be.

You need to be honest about your body as it is and understand the limits of surgery. If you do not start with perfect breasts prior to breast augmentation they may not be perfect afterwards.  But the improvement should be pleasing with attention to balance and harmony the aim.

You need to make a decision that is right for you and you only. Partners may have an opinion, but it is for you only. Your surgery is forever.

You need to understand surgery is permanent. You need to understand surgery leaves incisions and scarring. Have you thought about possible complications? Be clear on these possibilities and what is covered in your care including revisional surgery if required.

You should not feel pressured to make a decision to go ahead, nor should you feel like a consumer. This is not a sale. You can’t refund or return this. If you are not given the opportunity to go away and think things through, you are probably in the wrong place.  If your surgeon cannot provide what you think is a reasonable result you don’t need surgery.

Be prepared to do more research here.

You need to choose well and then trust. Choose a surgeon you feel comfortable with, who listens and understands what you are hoping for. One who will explain things, clarify expectations and then let him decide the rest! People don’t understand that hours of Google research does not make you an expert on breast augmentation, implant position or type for example. You pay for the expertise and result. Ask to see photos and typical results.

Trust your surgeon to make choices that are best for you.

Finally if in doubt, don’t. When you are sure, things fall into place and everything happens.

Good luck, it will likely change your life, just make sure it is for the better!