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The Right Reasons
From trying to re-ignite a
relationship to trying to get that
coveted job, there are indeed
right and wrong reasons to do
plastic surgery. Essentially good
reasons for cosmetic surgery are
when the problem is physically
obvious; for example a large hump
on the nose or a very broad and
bulbous nose or when there is
a functional problem such as
breathing difficulty as well as
when an individual has realistic
expectations and displays a
reasonable understanding of the
pros and cons and is medically fit.
Dr. Sanjay Parashar at
Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic
Transformation tells that there
are essentially two motivations
to seek cosmetic surgery. “One is
external motivation which may be
a fear of age discrimination, fear
of rejection, coercion by spouse,
friends or parents, or to satisfy
ambition,” he says while the other
reason is internal motivation.
This is the desire to diminish
depression, shame, social anxiety,
or to alter a feature they dislike or
desire a more youthful appearance.
“Ideally plastic surgery is done to
restore an appearance, where it is
deformed, displaced or distorted;
to maintain an appearance, when
it is altering due to age, disease
or environmental factors; or
to enhance one’s appearance
for physical, psychological and
or social functioning within
reasonable limits,” he says.
TheWrong Reasons
Wrong reasons, tells Dr. Parashar,
could be coercion by family or
friends, for glamour, the desire
to look like a celebrity, a quick fix
option, to compensate for personal
or professional failure or because
somebody is paying for it, or
seeking a change that is unaesthetic
or unnecessary by all means.
KnowingWhat to Ask
• It is important to ask about the
surgeon’s qualifications, and the
years of experience as well as
where they went to university
and completed medical school/
specialization.
• It is important to ask the
surgeon the risks as well as the
benefits of doing a surgery. All
ethical surgeons should always
warn you of risks as well as
benefits.
• Make sure that your surgeon
knows all your medical conditions
so that he can ask you the right
questions and if there is something
that you don’t understand, you
must ask.
• If you are not satisfied, try
another surgeon until you know
what you are looking for.
• Be sure also to ask the surgeon
where he operates and how long
the procedure takes.
• Make sure you understand the
pre-op and post-op instructions
so you can make the right
arrangements.
(Credit: Dr. Maurizio Viel, London
Centre for Aesthetic Surgery Gulf.)
The Right Reasons to
Undergo Plastic Surgery:
• If you have been thinking about
a particular surgery for a long
time and you have researched
and seen a few plastic surgeons
then you are probably on the
right track.
• If you are aware that you are
Self-Quiz:
Should You Have
Cosmetic Surgery?
• Are you trying to fix some
psychological problem with a
physical solution?
• Ask yourself if you really have a
problem. If you’re healthy and
have good genes, do you really
have a problem that needs to be
fixed with a surgical solution?
• What messages are you giving
yourself that make you think
you need surgery? Are you
negating your positive qualities
(honesty, loyalty, intelligence,
and humor) and hoping that
plastic surgery can give you
what you feel you lack?
• How do you expect to feel about
yourself if you go ahead and get
the procedure? Are you looking
for a different body, or are you
really hoping to attain self-
esteem?
• There is no reality, only
perception. If your self-esteem
is so low that you view yourself
through a filter of self-rejection
(“I’m ugly” or “I’m fat”), all the
surgery in the world isn’t going
to make a difference. If you
don’t change the filter through
which you look when you see
yourself in the mirror, you’ll
never be happy.
(Credit: www.drphil.com)
using plastic surgery to enhance
your looks and not to change
them completely.
• If you feel that this plastic
surgery will help with your self-
esteem and self-confidence
• Ensure that your plastic surgeon
has listened to your thoughts,
concerns and worries, and then
your plastic surgeon should tell
you the benefits/risk analysis,
and as the patient you should
decide if you wish to go ahead
with the procedure.
(Credit: Dr. Maurizio Viel)
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