The idea of plastic surgery can be appealing – you can change anything you dislike about yourself with relative ease. However, it can also be terrifying, particularly if it is your first time. You will never know what to expect. The questions that would plague you will most likely be:

How much will it hurt? How will it feel during the recovery period? How will people react to my new look?

In order to answer these questions, you will have to do your research before scheduling yourself to go under the knife.

Consider the Effects

What do you want to achieve? What are you aiming for? You should always plan ahead and think about the effects that you want after the surgery. Plastic surgery can boost your self-esteem immensely. If you are suffering from low self-esteem, decide if plastic surgery can make you feel good about yourself.

Plastic surgery has no guarantees – you will never know the outcome, even if you have an exact model that you want to look like. It depends on your doctor’s skill and expertise. Lastly, you should always do plastic surgery on your own desires, not someone else’s.

During Consultation

After considering the possible effects and your projected outcome, choose a doctor that is certified by your country’s Board of Plastic Surgery. You should ask the following questions to ensure your doctor’s medical background:

  • Were you trained particularly in plastic surgery, or have you studied something else during medical school?
  • How many years of experience in the field have you had?
  • What are the risks that you expect to meet in my situation?
  • How long is the recovery period after my surgery?
  • Will there be any complications that I will experience during the recovery period?
  • How will I expect to look when a significant amount of time has passed?

Weeks Before the Surgery

A few weeks before the surgery, you should always follow the following guidelines – this is true in any type of surgery.If you smoke, try to stop smoking at least a few weeks before the day of your surgery. This is also true for alcohol. A fit body recovers easier, so try to exercise and take well-balanced meals weeks before the procedure.

Ask your doctor what to expect after the surgery so you can prepare materials to facilitate your recovery accordingly. Ask your doctor to provide prescriptions for post-surgery pain so you can easily retrieve them. Of course, after surgery, you should rest and not not over-exert yourself. Rest is necessary for you to build your strength before the surgery.

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