Top 4 Factors to Consider Before Having Any Cosmetic Surgery Procedure

The rise of social media and smart phone filters has led most people to create unrealistic expectations of what they should look like. This has also been amplified by ‘social media influencers’, and celebrities who seem to have what most term as the ‘perfect looks’ – from head to toe. In all this, plastic surgery has played a major role in body transformation for a big number of celebrities and reality TV stars around the world. Dr. Adnan Tahir – Consultant Plastic and Reconstruction Surgeon at Aesthetics by King’s College Hospital Dubai explains more.

  1. The right plastic surgeon

Choosing the right plastic surgeon should be at the top of your list. It’s not news that there are quacks out there masquerading as plastic surgeons. To know if a plastic surgeon is good or not, he/she should fit into a certain criterion. This includes but not limited to:

i) The plastic surgeon should be qualified, licensed, and accredited by a recognized board; in other words, board-certified. You should be able to see proof of this as well as be able to verify without question.

ii) The surgeon should also have sufficient experience in his/her trade. And to take it further, the said experience should be in the cosmetic procedures he says he’s an expert in.

iii)   The patient should be satisfied with the answers the plastic surgeon gives, and if at any point you feel unsatisfied with the information provided, you should not go ahead with the procedure.

iv) Make sure the surgeon shows you his ‘before & after’ photos of the procedure in question in addition to the reviews he has received from previous patients.

v) Be sure the plastic surgeon is operating in a licensed medical facility, and not in the basement of his villa, or apartment.


  1. Your goal should be to enhance your features, and not to completely change them

The purpose of cosmetic surgery is to naturally enhance one’s natural beauty and not to completely change your looks to the point of being unrecognizable. Extreme aesthetic procedures are not recommended, and any good plastic surgeon will advise you against it. I like to refer cosmetic surgery as “beauty made better” because that’s what it is.

  1. Just because Kim K. is doing it you don’t have to

The decision to have a plastic surgery procedure should not be driven by the need to look like your favourite celebrity, TV house wife or Barbie and Ken. This is mainly because your bone structures are different, and the results you get after the procedure will be nothing similar to that of the said celebrity. Also, bear in mind that most of the images you see of celebrities on social media are heavily photoshopped, so they might not look as perfect as you think they do.

  1. Social media should not dictate your looks

Lately, having an extreme hour-glass figure that includes a ‘snatched’ (thin) waist, and extra-large gluteal muscles has been trending on every social media platform. To achieve this kind of figure, one has to undergo extreme liposuction and large amounts of fat transfer or collagen-replacing injectables. Anyone in their right mind should not go the extra mile just to fit in with what’s on social media. A well contoured and symmetrical body is not only naturally beautiful, but realistic as well. Ask yourself this: what will happen to that extreme hour-glass figure once the fad fades out in a year or so?