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Be Realistic About Cosmetic Procedures

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Tuesday, 15 Dec 2015 03:52 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Each year, millions of Americans choose to undergo medical treatments or surgical techniques to improve their appearance and make themselves look younger and healthier.

Some can go too far, but most cosmetic medicine consumers are simply trying to look and feel better.

When considering cosmetic surgery, a person should be clear about his or her motivation.

Pressure from friends, family, or loved ones is not the best reason to go forward with such a procedure.

It is also important to be realistic about what any particular procedure can and cannot accomplish. Cosmetic surgery will not cure depression, although you might look a lot more attractive when visiting the psychiatrist.

Choosing the right surgeon is critical, and often involves finding a doctor who specializes in the particular procedure you have chosen. A good strategy is to rely on recommendations from other doctors and friends you trust.

You can also check with the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, although just being a member of a professional society does not necessarily ensure quality.

If you decide on a cosmetic treatment or procedure, make sure to review the pros and cons of the options available.

Learn all you can about the procedure you will be having, and talk with the doctor about potential risks and benefits.

Ask the specialist to show you before and after photo examples of their work, and be skeptical of guaranteed promises or extravagant claims.
 

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