Plastic surgery is one or more procedures designed to change your appearance. From breast augmentation, to tummy tucks and ear surgery, plastic surgery can alter your physique to reflect who you are as a person. Because for some, their body image is inextricably linked to who they are as a person. And plastic and reconstructive surgery can help them achieve that.
Just what plastic surgery can do for you largely depends on your body type, age, and desired outcome. Having realistic expectations of what surgery can achieve is a necessary part of any successful result.
Why get plastic surgery?
People get plastic surgery for very different reasons. However, all the reasons why you would get plastic surgery can be broken up into two categories:
This category includes reasons such as accidents, birth defects and cancer. With accidents sometimes both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery is required. Birth defects in the form of genetic disorders. Reconstructive surgery—often done as the person grows up—is used to correct birth defects.
Reconstructive surgery after cancer is most common with women who’ve undergone a mastectomy. While the procedure isn’t medically necessary—it has been known to help ease the psychological trauma.
There are two main reasons people choose to get cosmetic plastic surgery: the first is massive weight loss. After extensive weight loss, a lot of the skin doesn’t shrink. Removing this excess skin can correct the damage caused by obesity.
The second reason for cosmetic plastic surgery is more contentious. And it’s probably the biggest reason people get surgery: the reason is vanity. Although it would probably be better described as self-image. Especially because vanity has slightly negative connotations.
Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder?
One of the worst possible reasons to consider undergoing plastic surgery is because someone else thinks you should change how you look. Because, let’s face it: beauty is in the eye of the beholder is a cliché. And one which doesn’t take into consideration how important self-image is.
The only reason you should get plastic surgery is because you want it for you.
Should I get plastic surgery?
If you are considering plastic surgery, but aren’t sure what your options are, or what the best way to proceed is, please feel free to contact us today.