Cosmetic Surgery Self-Assessment

By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel

Cosmetic surgery is the solution for people who are not happy with their appearances. Most people are more confident and happier after cosmetic surgery. However, not everyone can get cosmetic surgery. If you want to get cosmetic surgery, ask yourself these questions first:

1. Why do you want to get cosmetic surgery?

The purpose of cosmetic surgery is to improve one’s self-image, which is the way one feels about themselves. People with a strong self-image are more confident, productive, and sociable.

2. Are you trying to please others?

Cosmetic surgery should be about yourself, not others. If you want to have cosmetic surgery just to please someone, it’s likely that you will not be happy with the result.

3. Are you realistic?

The most important thing to have successful surgery is to keep your expectations realistic. Although the surgery may improve your appearance, it has limitations. Consult thoroughly with your surgeon about what you want to see what he or she thinks about it.

4. Are you emotionally stable?

Cosmetic surgery is not recommended for those who are emotionally unstable. If you have just been through a divorce, the death of a loved one, or the loss of a job, cosmetic surgery is not for you. Surgeons are not comfortable with the idea of operation on people with depression or mental illnesses, or those with an obsession for perfection.

5. Is now the best time for cosmetic surgery?

Even an emotionally stable person may need to wait for a while if they have a lot going on in their life at the moment. Delay the surgery until you have the time to relax and heal. Surgery within a tight schedule may result in a tough recovery.

6. Are you prepared to adjust to the changes

Even positive changes take time to get used to. You will need some time to adjust to your new self, especially if the procedure created major changes in your face. Non-surgical procedures such as Botox or wrinkle-filling or volumizing injections are often easier to deal with.

7. Are you prepared for unexpected results?

Although unexpected outcomes are not common, there’s still a possibility. It may be extremely depressing. You should think about the worst that can happen, and ask yourself if you are willing to take that risk. If the result is not what you expect, you can your surgeon can still work to improve it. But it will take time, patience, and trust.

8. Do you have support?

You need physical and emotional support during recovery. The healing process can sometimes be disheartening. You may get negative comments from those around you. Think of someone who is willing to help. More importantly, accept help from those who may be negative.

9. Are you financially able to get cosmetic surgery?

Most of the time, your health insurance doesn’t do any good when it comes to cosmetic surgery. Learn about the costs and payment options to see if you can afford it and if it’s worth to you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: July 5, 2017 | Last Modified: December 6, 2019

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