Tuesday, January 24, 2017

My Thoughts On Plastic Surgery & Understanding What You Want ♥

The other day my friend and I were having a catch up and the subject of plastic surgery came up. I don't know how the topic even came about - it was one of those conversations that began at one place and ended up at something completely different to what we had started chatting about in the first place, you know the kind, but it became apparent that plastic surgery was something that the both of us have considered at some time.

My arms have always been a source of embarrassment for me and I've always been overly conscious of showing them off, preferring to wear cardigans and long-sleeved tops to cover them up. It all started when I was about eleven when a friend at the time pointed out that my arms were, in her words, fat. I know she didn't mean to be nasty, after all, we were only children, but that comment has stuck with me forever - I even remember the time and place where she said it.

Since then I've always longed for some sort of surgery or body sculpting on my arms and honestly, if I had the money, it would be something I'd definitely do. The above picture of myself and Beau in the sunflower field makes me cringe and seeing pictures like that all I can focus on is my arms and how much I hate them - it's sad but true as other than that I think it's quite a beautiful picture. Also, my weight loss efforts have done nothing to improve the appearance of my arms and sadly, I don't think it's an area which a whole lot of toning up will improve, as even at my thinnest my arms were still big.

I believe that plastic surgery can be a great thing, if done for the correct reasons. If someone has a part of their body which they hate (like me with my arms) and which causes them some distress in having to be overly conscious about it, then surgery can be a good option - if researched and thought about properly.

Today I'm sharing some tips, for people like myself who are contemplating having plastic surgery. It's important to think about the impact plastic surgery can have on your body and mind before going ahead with a procedure and to be fully aware of the consequences and outcomes it may bring.

Select your surgery
There are a number of cosmetic surgeries available, not all of which involve going under the knife; the surgery you want will depend on what you want to change about yourself, and how comfortable you are with the thought of surgery and going under the knife.

There are also a variety of combinations of surgery available, such as tummy tucks and liposuction together and breast enlargements and uplifts. Deciding on the right surgery for you can be complicated, but the job is likely to be easier if you select a plastic surgeon with a supportive team and an esteemed reputation. People like Gary L Ross in Manchester or Harley Medical in London are great starting points.

Be realistic
The majority of people who choose to undergo the knife for cosmetic surgery are 100% satisfied with the results of their surgery - but there are some people who aren't as enthralled with your new look. To ensure you aren't disappointed after your surgery, it's crucial that you discuss your surgery, expectations and likely results with your surgeon prior to opting for the surgery.

It's also extremely important that you choose a surgeon who is experienced and professional and willing to answer any questions you may have. If you can't communicate fully with your surgeon, then it's time to look for another one; the changes you make to your body are likely to be permanent, so it's important that you have the chance to be frank, honest and open with your surgeon about your wants and your expectations to avoid disappointment.

Selecting your surgeon
Cosmetic surgery tourism is a thing. Many people from the UK and Ireland choose to travel abroad to undergo risky procedures for the sake of a few quid. Although travelling abroad for surgery may undoubtedly be cheaper than having the same surgery in the UK or Ireland, it's significantly more risky.

It's unlikely that the surgeon you choose will be able to speak English fluently, and it may be that a no professional translator is employed to facilitate conversations between you and your surgeon; this could mean that some of your queries and questions, or some of your surgeon's crucial information, is ultimately lost in translation.

There's also the problem of medical standards abroad not always being as high as those you're used to here in the UK. Depending on the country and facility you choose, it may be that the risk of infection is higher due to lapses in hygiene, unsanitary conditions, or the use of surgical tools which haven't been properly sterilised.

If you're having implants or fillers of some kind, you may struggle to identify exactly what type of filler or substance is being put into you body, and the fillers used may not be approved for use in the UK (hence why they're probably cheaper).

That being said, it is possible to have surgery done abroad and be satisfied with your results; just make sure you do your research first and, wherever possible, visit the clinic prior to booking the surgery to speak with the surgeon and staff and inspect the facility.

The risks
Every kind of cosmetic surgery carries its own individual and unique risks; even non-surgical forms of cosmetic surgery (such as lip fillers) are risky and could potentially result in an infection or other problem.

For surgeries which involve going under the knife and having anaesthesia, the most obvious risks are those typically associated with being knocked-out. Serious risks often associated with going under anaesthetic include respiratory distress and cardiac arrest.

If you smoke, your surgeon will probably recommend that you stop smoking for a number of months prior to having your surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots and other problems.

There are also psychological risks associated with going under the knife; opting to undergo operations at a young age or if you aren't totally sure can result in dissatisfaction and reduce your confidence further.

Have you ever contemplated or had cosmetic surgery?

*This is a collaborative post.

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