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What Are Some of The Right and Wrong Reasons For Wanting Plastic Surgery?

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Have you ever considered plastic surgery? Here some of the right and wrong reasons for going under the knife. 

When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, cosmetic procedures such as a facelift, breast augmentation, or liposuction, are safe and effective ways to improve your physical appearance.

But there are also many other possible benefits of such procedures, including:

  • increased self-confidence
  • improved physical health
  • enhanced mental health
  • higher quality of life

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Right and Wrong Reasons For Seeking Cosmetic Surgery

At some point during your consultation, your plastic surgeon will ask you to explain your motivation and reason(s) for pursuing cosmetic treatment. This answer will be taken very seriously and your surgeon will often use it to screen you for suitability.

Acceptable Reasons to Pursue Cosmetic Surgery

  • To correct a flaw that has always bothered you. Correcting a physical flaw is a perfectly valid, acceptable and common reason to pursue cosmetic treatment. This could include:

    • Small breasts
    • A large/crooked nose
    • Abdominal skin that sags after pregnancy
    • A protruding chin
  • To restore a more youthful appearance. Another common and reasonable motivation for plastic surgery is to minimize signs of aging and restore a more youthful appearance. For this, your plastic surgeon may recommend surgical or non-surgical treatments including:

  • To feel good about yourself. One of the most significant benefits of plastic surgery is that it can improve your physical appearance and boost your self confidence. If you have done enough research and truly believe that changing an aspect of your appearance will make you feel better, then this is realistic and healthy reasoning.


Unacceptable Reasons to Pursue Cosmetic Surgery

  • To impress someone else. As any plastic surgeon will tell you, cosmetic treatment is a PERSONAL CHOICE. That means, you should not face pressure to go under the knife from anyone including:

    • your significant other
    • a family member
    • friends or colleagues

While it is reasonable to ask someone’s feelings about your plastic surgery, it is what you want that is truly important.

  • For revenge. The desire for ‘revenge plastic surgery’ is one of the most unacceptable reasons to pursue cosmetic treatment. Some plastic surgeons say they have seen clients seeking to enhance their looks after the end of a relationship, in order to make their former partner second-guess their choice or to show how much better they now look. This is just as unhealthy as bowing to pressure from a current partner. It is important to remember that you don’t have control over how someone else feels. You can only try to feel and be the best version of yourself.

  • To save a relationship. This is something that can occur with men and women who are in failing relationships. They believe that if they look more attractive, they can salvage the marriage or relationship. However, it’s important to note that this is certainly not the case and a plastic surgeon will not accept this as a viable reason to go under the knife.

  • To heal emotional turmoil.  While correcting a perceived flaw can be a perfectly valid, it is important not to go into surgery with unrealistic expectations about how your life will change as a result of altering your appearance. If you are struggling with an underlying emotional issue; body dysmorphia; or severe depression, it is important to keep things in perspective. In these cases, focusing on healing and achieving a healthy mental outlook before proceeding with any cosmetic treatment.


Book a Consultation With a Plastic Surgeon

If you are uncertain whether you are pursuing plastic surgery for the right or wrong reasons, it’s best to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. He/she can help evaluate you for your requested procedure, discuss your intentions, and explain the realistic outcomes for the treatment. To find out more, or to book a consultation, contact our Kelowna clinic at 250-868-9099 or fill in our online contact form.

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