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Cosmetic surgery can help improve your appearance, but it’s not
for everyone. Know what to consider before surgery, how to find a
surgeon and what questions to ask.
By Mayo Clinic Staff
Factors to consider
Cosmetic surgery changes your
appearance by altering parts of your
body that function normally but
don’t look the way you want. Before
you proceed with cosmetic surgery,
Your expectations.
improvement, not perfection. If you
expect cosmetic surgery to turn you
into a movie star, you’re bound to be
disappointed. Don’t count on surgery
to save a rocky relationship, gain a
promotion or improve your social life.
Cosmetic surgery isn’t
covered by most health insurance
plans. The cost varies depending
on the procedure, ranging from
hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Also, consider the cost of any follow-
up care or additional corrective
Dissatisfaction is possible
after any type of cosmetic surgery.
Surgical complications are possible,
too - including excessive bleeding or
infection at the surgical site.
After cosmetic surgery,
you might need days, weeks or even
months to recover. Understand the
physical effects that might be part
of your recovery, as well as how the
surgery might affect aspects of your
personal and professional life.
Psychological changes.
self-esteem might improve after
cosmetic surgery, but cosmetic
surgery isn’t likely to relieve
depression or other mental health
Finding a qualified
cosmetic surgeon
If you decide to pursue cosmetic
surgery, you’ll probably have your
choice of cosmetic surgeons. Choose
one who specializes in the procedure
you’d like to have done and is
certified in the specialty by a board
recognized by the American Board
of Medical Specialties, such as the
American Board of Plastic Surgery
or the American Board of Facial
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Beware of misleading certifications
from unrecognized or self-designated
If you’ll be having a procedure that
requires general anesthesia, be sure
that the operating facility has been
accredited by a national- or state-
recognized accrediting agency,
such as The Joint Commission, or
is licensed by the state in which the
facility is located.
Jan/Feb 2014