Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons. Love yourself, trust your choices, and everything is possible. – Cherie Carter-Scott
Cosmetic therapy is a viable option to those of us who are unhappy with particular aspects of their appearance and have found that other options failed to achieve desired improvement. You may be tired of seeing the wrinkles around your eyes, the bulge of your love handles, or the sag in your skin. If this sounds familiar, it's high time you stopped committing yourself to solutions that just don't work because there are many more effective cosmetic medical options that are available to you.
There is a cosmetic procedure that can improve just about any aesthetic concern relating to your physical appearance. From getting rid of "muffin tops" (excess subcutaneous fat in the abdomen and waist) and stained teeth to lengthening eyelashes and "pinning" down ears that stick out, we live in a world of options — so why deprive yourself? Take advantage of them and improve your appearance in the way you want to, finally.
Your course of action
Pinpoint your concern and find out what treatment is available to address it. Research the treatment, paying special attention to the related side effects and risks. Information is readily available on the internet, at the library and even at places that offer the treatment through the form of consultations. Consultations may be free or cost a nominal fee. In the event there is a charge for the consultation, the amount is typically put toward the cost of treatment should you decide to go through with it with that surgeon.
Selecting the right doctor will increase a positive outcome and reduce the chances of related side effects or risks occurring. Experience, knowledge and professional reputation are factors to consider, as is the rapport between you and the practitioner after meeting. Don’t be shy – ask questions and find out their credentials, professional affiliations and board certifications!
Where the treatment is being offered is also important to examine. The facilities should be accredited by a respected body, be sanitary and fitted with up-to-date equipment.
With due diligence, you’ll be able to make an educated choice and be more confident knowing that you’ve made the right decision.
Is it suitable for you?
Keep in mind that cosmetic treatments aren’t suitable for everyone. Each procedure, surgical or not, does have an “ideal” candidate. While some procedures are gender-specific, designed only for males or females (ie liposuction to treat pseudo-gynecomastia or breast augmentation for women), common attributes defining ideal candidates normally exist.
Physical and mental health
Ideal candidates must be healthy physically and mentally. An assessment will be performed prior to the procedure to determine whether it is suitable. Depending on the type of procedure, the assessment may involve a brief examination of the concern or a full blown physical with lab work. Good health is necessary because the body and mind must be able to handle treatment and some form of recovery period is almost always involved.
Another crucial attribute that the ideal candidate possesses is having realistic expectations regarding the outcome of a selected procedure. Cosmetic medicine is not a panacea; it does not cure all ailments. Breast augmentation won’t turn you into Marilyn Monroe and a hair transplant won’t transform you into Fabio. You will still be the same person. You’ll most likely just look and feel better about yourself!
It’s your choice
You must have made the decision to pursue treatment based on your own volition. Undergoing any cosmetic procedure for someone else will never achieve an optimal result, because the choice was made to appease someone else, not yourself. Whatever you choose to undergo, make sure it’s what you want to do and you consider it seriously. Be frank, open and honest about your problem and the results you hope to obtain during the consultative process. This allows your doctor to better comprehend your concern and the result you’d like to achieve.
Examine the pros and cons of treatment, do your research, figure out where and by whom you should get it done, and finally, don’t be afraid to do it if you really want to because you’re just being honest. While it’s never a good idea to rush into it, it’s common for patients to say that they wished they had done it sooner, since their concern tends to only get worse with time. Cosmetic medicine is designed to be safe and effective, with extremely rewarding results when performed by the right practitioner.
So ask yourself this: do you really want to live your life with that muffin top when you don’t have to?