Self-care takes many forms, and cosmetic surgery is one of the most popular. Last year, nearly 1.8 million people underwent cosmetic surgery, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Despite its rise in popularity, cosmetic surgery still intimidates many prospective patients. Have you been putting off a surgical procedure that could improve the quality of your life because you fear surgery?
To help you make an informed decision based on facts, not fear, here’s a list questions to explore before scheduling your surgical consultation.
How would surgery change your life?
How long have you hated your tummy bulge? Did it worsen after having kids? Or, have you struggled for years with a double chin? Are you self-conscious about asymmetrical or small breasts? Now estimate how much time you spend worrying about your “problem.” Has it held you back and impaired your confidence? Imagine life without your problem. Does it make you feel free? Relieved? Excited?
For whom are you getting the surgery?
There is only one correct answer to this question. YOU. Surgery is a personal choice that belongs to only you, the patient. If you are seeking surgery to please someone else in your life, it may be time to reevaluate that relationship.
Are you afraid of pain?
Fear of the unknown is often more painful than the reality. We love this old saying because it rings true for almost every one of our patients! You may be surprised to learn that several of the most popular forms of surgery—breast augmentation, liposuction, and eyelid surgery—involve only a couple days of moderate discomfort. Many patients can return to work the day after liposuction, for example. This doesn’t mean these procedures don’t involve downtime, but many patients are pleased to learn that they will be “out of commission” for only a short while. Keep in mind that avoiding exercise and heavy lifting is essential for at least 4-6 weeks following most surgeries. We will carefully detail your post-procedure plan so you know exactly what to expect every step of the way.
Drs. Anthony Deboni and Gregory Baum and their dedicated team offer decades of surgical experience and expertise to help through every stage of the surgical process. To learn more about your surgical options, don’t hesitate to call 315.663.0112 or request a consultation today.