Few patients who have had a successful facelift, breast augmentation or other cosmetic procedures will deny that plastic surgery made them look and feel better. While a nip and tuck can shave years off of your appearance and improve your look, every procedure is not necessarily appropriate for every patient.

It’s important to remember that cosmetic enhancements are also medical procedures, so if you’re considering surgery, keep the following factors in mind:

  • Expense – Most health insurance plans do not cover cosmetic surgery. The cost can vary depending on the procedure and the physician who performs it. You shouldn’t, however, focus on price alone when deciding on a surgeon.
  • Realistic expectations – Many plastic surgeons consider their work to be both an art and a science. They want to help achieve your aesthetic goals, but they are limited by many factors, including available technology and your physiology.
  • Recovery – Cosmetic surgery is no different from other major medical operations. Your body will need days or possibly weeks to recover. Before having surgery, consider how having limited mobility and needing more time to rest will affect your ability to work or run your household.
  • Risks – Complications are possible, so it is important that you have a surgeon who will quickly be able to see you should a problem arise.

Remember that it’s perfectly acceptable to take as much time as you need when making a decision about plastic surgery. Don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon questions or seek multiple opinions. If you’re interested in speaking to a board-certified plastic surgeon, contact The Lett Center today.