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Reflection and realism ensure benefits beyond the obvious
The number one reason people seek cosmetic surgery is to increase their self-confidence. They want to feel better about themselves; whether this means rejuvenation techniques or improving a physical feature they have not been happy with for years. With the proper motivations and realistic expectations, patients reap additional benefits at home, at the office, with family, and with friends.
Before you schedule your consultation appointment, take the time to consider the real reasons you are seeking a change. Why do you want this procedure? Make sure you can articulate your answer; this will probably be the first question your facial plastic surgeon asks you in your initial meeting. Healthy reasons may include the desire to look as young as you feel or to increase your self-confidence.
Unhealthy reasons, such as trying to achieve the same face as someone in Hollywood or to please your spouse, are inappropriate motivations for surgery. Cosmetic surgery is not a cure-all. It will not help you overcome personal difficulty or secure you a better job. Motivation for having a procedure will vary from one person to another; however, your physician will ensure that you are having surgery for the right reasons and with the right attitude before recommending any procedure.
Facial plastic surgery will not provide perfection. In fact, if you choose a minimally invasive technique, the results will be subtle, with little or no disruption to your normal activities. Conversely, if you decide to have cosmetic surgery, your recovery will depend on the extent of the procedure with an average of two weeks. Then, you still may need additional time for the swelling to go down before you see the desired results. It is important to remember that upon waking up in the recovery room, it will not instantly be a new you.
Facial plastic surgery does have noticeable and sometimes dramatic benefits; however, you should expect realistic results. It will increase your self-esteem and self-image. This will in turn affect how you come across to people—confident and self-assured—and the impressions you make. Because you feel more confident, you may decide to take on new tasks at work or become more adventurous in social situations.
The side benefits to your inner strength will spill into all areas of your life. Share with your close family and friends why you want a treatment or to undergo facial plastic surgery and what you expect will be the outcome. Be prepared to discuss this with your facial plastic surgeon as you take the next step in boosting your self-confidence. !