Plastic surgery is a medical specialty concerned with the correction or restoration of form and function. Though cosmetic or aesthetic surgery is the best-known kind of plastic surgery, most plastic surgery is not cosmetic: plastic surgery includes many types of reconstructive surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery, and the treatment of burns.
The number of plastic surgeries done each year is growing quickly and most patients have found that the procedures have helped them be happier with their appearance. Advances in technology and techniques have reduced costs over the last ten years, so the procedures are more affordable to most people. As a result of lower costs, having surgery done is no longer the private domain of movie stars and millionaires, and statistics bear this out.
Despite what stigma and the Media will have you believe, the decision to get plastic surgery is never one that people enter into lightly. If you're considering a breast augmentation or other form of plastic surgery, you'll understand that there are a complex series of issues that are individual to each patient, and that these issues are all-too often trivialized by mainstream media and popular opinion. The important thing to remember is that although other people might not understand the complexity of the situation, it's crucial to find a cosmetic surgeon who does, so here are the steps your surgeon should take with the process:
A responsible cosmetic surgeon will sit you down and discuss with you the reasons behind your desire to have a procedure done, your medical history, your emotional connection to the procedure and a range of other options that are available, if there are others.
The nitty gritty of cost, appointment times and insurance will come into play here, but it all deserves an equal amount of thought because having surgery is something that needs to be given the respect it deserves in terms of recovery time and allowing yourself to heal, so be sure to ask as many questions as you need to about the practicalities of the situation such as when you'll be able to get back to work, what you'll need help with and how much you'll be able to manage directly after the procedure.
Remember that the final decision remains yours to be made right up until you go under the knife. There should be no hesitations or doubts in your mind--of course you may be a little nervous or frightened about the procedure itself, but you should be confident in your decision about the outcome. Whether you're going in for rhinoplasty or a breast enlargement you should feel as though all your questions have been answered and that your doctor has made you feel comfortable and secure.