Are You A Candidate?
The key to happiness after cosmetic surgery is to have realistic expectations before surgery. You are likely to be disappointed if you have cosmetic surgery for any of the following:
The wrong reasons
- Your husband or boyfriend wants you to have it.
- You are going through a divorce or another major life change right now.
- You expect the surgery will enable you to attract a mate or land a better job.
- You are clinically depressed or have another mental health problem.
- You expect cosmetic surgery to completely transform your life.
- You are a perfectionist.
- You want to look like your 18-year-old daughter.
- You imagine the results of your surgery will stay with you for the rest of your life.
The right reasons
The best, if not the only valid reason to undergo cosmetic surgery is your own genuine desire to rejuvenate your appearance or to correct wrinkles, irregular skin texture, or another defect that truly bothers you. What other people think should be beside the point.
What to expect during your consultation
The success and safety of your surgery depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle. Be prepared to discuss:
- Why you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcome
- Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
- Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
- Previous surgeries
The Doctor may also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Discuss the options available to you for facelift and facial rejuvenation
- Examine and measure your face
- Take photographs for your medical record
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of a facelift and any risks or potential complications
- Discuss the type of anesthesia that will be used