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   Dec 16

Cosmetic surgery – is it right for your fitness?

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Statistics shows that 14.6 million Americans went under the knife in 2012, with 5% more than in 2011. Over 6 million Botox injections were performed and roughly 286,000 boob jobs. However, patients should be realistic as far as plastic surgery is concerned. Although the recovery process and the costs are significant, in the end the decision is yours. Do you think cosmetic surgery is right for your body? Can you live with the consequences, accept the result, and embrace your body?

Rumor has it that cosmetic surgery is deeply connected to one’s subjective opinion about their persona. Some people can’t accept themselves for who they are, and therefore they turn to surgical interventions to modify their self-inflicted imperfections. Prior to thinking that you need a nose job or a Botox treatment, answer yourself the following question: will cosmetic surgery make me feel more confident, more beautiful, more valued by society?

Are you an adequate candidate for cosmetic surgery?

You can be an excellent applicant for cosmetic surgery if your body is healthy. On top of that, it’s important to have reasonable expectations, and be aware that the every procedure comes with probable risks. If you’re suffering from health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, a heart condition, or depression, then cosmetic surgery is not for you. A surgeon might even ask patients to make some changes in their daily routine before the surgery. For example, if you’re an avid smoker, you might be asked to quit the habit for a period of 4 weeks in order to allow the body to heal itself after the intervention.

It’s important to have a detailed conversation with your doctor prior to the procedure. Talk about general aspects of your lifestyle and general routines (include drinking habits, exercise, smoking, and drug treatments if any). Chatting about your concerns will help the physician determine if the cosmetic surgery you’re thinking about is the right one for you. Don’t forget to mention if you’re taking vitamins or any other type of herbal products without a prescription.

Are you ready to make the decision?

Your physical features and skin type should have an important role in your decision to go under the knife. For instance, skin resurfacing techniques are extremely efficient on people with light-colored hair and fair skin. Those with delicate and thin nasal skin will get excellent results from a nose job (rhinoplasty). The following list should help determine for which type of cosmetic surgery you fit beet.

Lip augmentation – if you’re young and you want to have bigger, luscious lips, the intervention might suit you, as well if you’re past 40 and your lips are thinned. However, the cosmetic procedure is not for you if you’re currently suffering from the following conditions: herpes, lupus or any other sort of autoimmune condition, serious allergies of all types.

Cheek implants – If your cheek bones are flat or sagging you might be a good candidate, however excess skin sagging can’t be diminished with a cheek implant. In this case, you are advised to consider a facelift.

Chin implants – If your chin is weak or not properly balanced, the procedure might suit you. However, note that if your dental bite is abnormal and demands jaw realignment, you might not be a good candidate.

Eye-lid surgery – If your eyes are droopy or you have bags around the eyes the cosmetic intervention will completely rejuvenate your appearance. If your complexion has too many fine lines, crow’s feet, and dark circles, you should consider a different type of cosmetic augmentation.

Rhinoplasty – A large, crooked nose or a deviated septum make you a perfect candidate for a nose job. Yet, if your skin is too thick it’s important to accept that the surgery might not work.

Cosmetic surgery can work wonders on people’s self-esteem. Whether we’re talking about minor fixes like Botox injections and dermal fillers, or more complex procedures like breast augmentation, it’s important for a patient to be reasonable. Cosmetic surgery is not forever, it might not completely remove body flaws, and in some cases it might not work at all. Prior to making a decision on your own, it’s best to talk to someone, in order to determine what expectations you have from such an intervention.

Jessica Staheli

About the author: Jessica Staheli is a health and fitness nut. She loves to write about being healthy and getting in shape. You can follow her at Google+

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