Cosmetic surgery focuses on enhancing the appearance of an individual through surgical or non-surgical techniques. Improving proportion, aesthetic appeal, and symmetry are the vital functions of cosmetic surgery. Some of the well-known surgeries are breast augmentation, liposuction, eyelid lift, facelift, chin and cheek enhancement, Botox, laser hair removal, and laser skin resurfacing.
However, not every cosmetic surgery has the desired result, and below are the things you should consider before going under the knife.
1. Pre-existing Health Conditions
It is important to understand that like any other surgery, cosmetic surgery also gets affected by your pre-existing health conditions. Conditions like diabetes, hypertension, obesity and habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol could cause complications. Therefore, it is important to discuss with your surgeon about the possible hazards which your already existing health conditions could cause.
2. Risk Of Creating Problems Elsewhere
Since you are tampering with the normal balance of the body, a surgery might give rise to problems that didn’t exist before. A liposuction might ensure reduction of fat cells in your lower abdomen and thighs. But, eventually, when you put on weight, might result in unequal distribution of fat cells making your proportions uneven. There have been cases where a botox treatment led to paralyzation of muscles, and a face-lift surgery led to irreversible nerve damage.
3. Possible Complications From Anesthesia
Anesthesia allows patients to undergo surgery without feeling the procedure. General anesthesia is administered for temporary sedation of the whole body and used mostly in breast augmentation surgeries. It can also be done under local anesthesia. However, the medications apart from making you unconscious can (in some cases) lead to stroke, heart attack, or lung infections. The less intense side-effects include waking up feeling dizzy and disoriented.
4. Dissatisfied With The Results
Research indicates that around one-third of the people undergoing cosmetic surgery are unhappy with the results, especially when it comes to face-lifts. Once the person discovers that the surgery has done no good, he/she might opt to alter it further, putting himself at all surgery-related risks yet again. This might also lead to addiction when the person is not satisfied with the results every time.
5. Developing Body Dysmorphic Disorder
In the initial phase after surgery, unsatisfactory results could lead the patient to slip into depression, for looking different than expected. In later stages, he might become a prey to Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). It is a psychiatric condition where a person often exaggerates a problem with his body to the point of delusion. A minor flaw might look like a serious aesthetic blunder to him and he might get obsessed with it. This needs further medical advice from a mental health care provider.
Cosmetic surgery is a billion dollar business each year, with more and more people opting to tweak their natural appearance. The above complications have to be carefully considered before wishing for that perfectly aligned nose or fuller breasts.