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5 Things to Think About Before Considering Plastic Surgery

Looking for a safe and effective way to enhance your appearance? Before you consider any plastic surgery procedures, be it a breast augmentation or permanent makeup, here are 5 things you should consider. 

From traditional procedures including breast augmentation and abdominoplasties, to newer, less invasive treatments such as permanent makeup and tissue fillers, plastic surgery is becoming more popular than ever.

In fact, working with a board-certified, experienced plastic surgeon can have many benefits including:

  • Improved physical appearance
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Improved physical health
  • Enhanced mental health

Whatever your aesthetic and health goals, the plastic surgeons at our Kelowna clinic offer a wide range of cosmetic surgeries and skin treatments to help you look and feel your very best.


5 Things to Think About Before Getting Plastic Surgery

When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, procedures such as breast augmentation and body contouring can yield safe, dramatic and beautiful results.

However, if you are seeking to improve your appearance with invasive plastic surgery, here are a few things you should ask yourself first:

1. What am I trying to change or "fix"?

Patients should have a very clear idea of what is motivating their decision to have plastic surgery. In order to manage expectations of how you will feel post-procedure, it’s important to be realistic about the outcome of your surgery.

Working with a plastic surgeon can improve your appearance. They can help lift sagging breasts, remove excess skin from your belly, or reduce (increase) your breast size. But such treatments CANNOT change how you feel on the inside.

NOTE: Before turning to anything as permanent as plastic surgery, it’s advisable that you take some time to work on the way you see yourself and try to resolve any issues you may have about your appearance.


2. Do I understand all the risks?

All surgery involves risk, even the less-invasive treatments such as permanent makeup and Botox. Before having an elective procedure, it’s important to be prepared. Risks may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Open wounds that may take a few weeks to heal
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Risk of infection

However, you can drastically reduce your risks by carefully choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, having realistic expectations, and following your doctor’s post-operative orders carefully.


3. Am I ready for the extensive recovery period?

When opting for plastic surgery, you must understand that your body will need time to heal after the procedure. This is not a process that can be rushed, so you must be patient with yourself and listen to your plastic surgeon on how you can aid your body through this period.

Some typical recovery times include:

  • Breast lift/Breast Augmentation (1 week)
  • Abdominoplasty (2-3 weeks)
  • Facelift (2 weeks)
  • Brow Lift (1-2 weeks)
  • Mommy Makeover (4-6 weeks)


4. What are my goals and expectations?

When deciding on plastic surgery, you must be honest with yourself about what you are hoping to gain from altering your appearance. Talk it through with someone you trust, or a plastic surgeon, whose opinion you respect.

Taking the time to really understand what you want from the procedure and why, will ensure that you make the best possible decision for yourself and your life going forward.

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5. Are there non-surgical alternatives?

Some patients may want to improve their appearance but are not ready for plastic surgery just yet. In such a case, there are many options available and your plastic surgeon can offer advice on what would be a good solution based on your aesthetic goals.

Some of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments include:

  • Botox
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Permanent Makeup
  • Microdermabrasion/Chemical Peels
  • Non-surgical body contouring procedures


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To find out more about our wide range of plastic surgery procedures, from facelifts and breast augmentation to non-invasive body contouring treatments and permanent makeup, contact our Kelowna plastic surgeon today at 250-868-9099 or fill out our online contact form.

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