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Plastic surgery refers to surgical procedures to repair, reconstruct, and restore any part of the human body. Cosmetic surgery, also commonly referred to as aesthetic surgery, is a common type of plastic surgery that improves a patient’s physical appearance to achieve a more desirable look.

What is the scope of cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery makes the use of surgical and non-surgical procedures to modify, reshape, and enhance body structures to improve appearance in a way that makes the patient feel more confident. There are multiple procedures targeting different parts of the body under cosmetic surgery. Some popular procedures include:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Arm lift
  • Body lift
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Brow lift
  • Facelift surgery
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Liposuction
  • Non-surgical fat reduction
  • Dermabrasion
  • Dermal Fillers

10 things to consider before going for cosmetic surgery

In recent years, plastic surgery in Dubai has become increasingly common, with both men and women opting for different surgical options to transform their look. However, like all surgeries, any type of plastic surgery, including cosmetic surgery, demands careful thought, consideration, and planning. Patients need to be fully informed about the risks and costs of the procedures and be physically and mentally prepared to have an operation.

Here are some things you should consider before opting for any cosmetic surgery procedure:

  1. Are you doing it for the right reasons?

Cosmetic surgery is an elective surgery which means you are not obligated to undergo any procedure unless you want to. You do not need any plastic surgery to be your best self. While cosmetic surgery can enhance your appearance, it will not automatically lead to a better life or social standing. Before opting for cosmetic surgery, reflect on your motivations. Getting surgery for the wrong reasons will ultimately lead to further unhappiness.

  1. Is your plastic surgeon qualified?

The growing popularity of cosmetic surgery has led to a rise in unqualified surgeons, practitioners, and failed procedures. Make sure to check and verify the qualifications and experience of your selected plastic surgeon. They should be board-certified and have expertise in the specific cosmetic procedure you want. Along with checking your surgeon’s credentials, you should also ensure that the facility they operate in is fully equipped, safe, and licensed.

  1. Consider the cost of cosmetic surgery

Elective cosmetic surgery comes with a hefty price tag that insurance does not cover. You need to carefully evaluate your options regarding the cost of procedure and recovery. However, this is not an area where you should cut costs, and it is often better to hold off surgery for some time and save money rather than opt for a cheaper, low-quality practitioner and clinic.

  1. Plan the timing of your cosmetic surgery

Barring some minimally invasive, non-surgical procedures, cosmetic surgery takes time and comes with a significant recovery period. You should consider short-term and long-term events in your life and plan accordingly for the time it will take you to undergo the procedure and for your body to recover.

  1. Know the risks

All types of plastic surgery come with their fair share of risks, and surgical complications can happen, such as infection and wound separation. It is also possible that the result of the surgery may not meet your expectations. It is crucial to discuss all risks associated with cosmetic surgery and your specific procedure with your plastic surgeon beforehand and then make an informed decision.

  1. Ask about ‘stacked’ cosmetic surgery procedures

In some cases, you have the option of undergoing multiple procedures in the same visit. The ‘Mommy Makeover’ is a great example of stacked procedures, combining a tummy tuck, breast lift, and liposuction in one sitting. Specialists at the best cosmetic surgery hospitals in Dubai are qualified to advise about similar options. It is also advisable to discuss the risks of stacked procedures, such as increased downtime, risk of blood loss, and higher risk of infection, etc.

  1. Consider the recovery period

After undergoing any cosmetic procedure, you cannot expect to see results immediately. Each procedure requires a specific amount of recovery time to allow for the swelling and bruising to subside. Sometimes it can take weeks and sometimes months. So, you need to talk with your surgeon about post-surgery expectations, accommodate for the recovery period advised, and be patient.

  1. Is your body ready for the cosmetic surgery procedure?

Before getting cosmetic surgery, you must ensure that your body is healthy and ready to undergo your desired procedure. You need to have a stable weight and be physically fit to minimize the risks and avoid complications during and post-surgery. Discuss your medical history in detail with your plastic surgeon to make a decision that is good for your overall health.

  1. Have realistic expectations from cosmetic surgery

Plastic surgeons are not miracle workers, and no surgery will radically change your life for better or worse. You must approach cosmetic surgery with realistic and attainable expectations.

  1. Keep one eye on the future

Keep in mind that your body will continue to change, especially if you choose to grow your family in the future. Giving birth and nursing babies dramatically changes your body. So, it is reasonable to plan your surgery accordingly and consider whether you would want additional procedures down the road.

Opting for cosmetic surgery is a big step that can potentially impact your life in a significant way. You must work closely with your plastic surgeon to make an informed and accurate decision.

For more information on how to approach plastic surgery in Dubai, get in touch with us.