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Cosmetic Surgery: Are You Really Ready?

H-m-m-m-m Should I Have Cosmetic Surgery on My Nose?

While some people don’t research cosmetic plastic surgeons enough before signing on for surgery, others – especially those who have had a bad surgical outcome — over-research, sometimes for years.

Many of those endless researchers have had lackluster nose jobs; it’s not surprising, given that rhinoplasty is the most difficult facial cosmetic surgery to learn, perform and master. So anywhere from 15 to 25 percent of nose job patients need a corrective surgery known as revision rhinoplasty.

     (See Some Revision Rhinoplasty Before & After Pictures.)

But if you want to get off the dime and go ahead with surgery, cosmetic plastic surgeons say some items in life halt procrastination, sending you to one of those cosmetic plastic surgeons you’ve been studying.

Those moments include:

  • The potential patient just can’t stand mirrors, pictures, store windows or anything else that reflects back that hated facial feature. So they finally make a first appointment.
  • The person no longer looks good in clothes. One woman procrastinating and studying liposuction stopped several years of research when three people in a day asked when the baby was due. But she was not pregnant.
  • It happens with faces, too. A mid-30s mother was pushed off her face lift sticking point when she picked up her daughter, 8, at school. The girl’s teacher said she was very glad to meet Janie’s grandmother.       (Look at some face & neck lift before and after pictures.)
  • One cosmetic plastic surgeon said during consultations, he lists all the slight surgical risks that can go wrong like infections or a scar not healing well. If the patient is still committed, he or she is really ready for surgery.
  • Another dead-bang giveaway: the patient has taken care of the pre-cosmetic surgery health exams, required by law in some U.S. states.

To test top readiness, some cosmetic surgeons ask:

  • If the patient knows what medical board that surgeon is certified in.
  • How long the typical recovery period for that particular cosmetic surgery usually takes.
  • The names of any cosmetic surgery books the patient has read, and:
  • What patient-centered websites — like RealSelf.com – the patient has visited and, better yet, signed onto to converse with other patients.

Other plastic surgeons look to financial aspects to see how – or if — the patient has covered cosmetic surgery costs.

The patient is really, really, ready when he or she has lined up the person who is to drive her home after surgery and watch over her for the first after-surgery night.