When deciding to move forward with a plastic surgery procedure, we tell our Webster, Pearland, and Houston, TX, patients it’s important to make sure you’re heading into the process with a clear, healthy mindset. Cosmetic surgery can be exciting and life-changing for the right person, but it’s not a decision that should be taken lightly.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few questions you as a prospective patient can ask yourself to make sure surgery is the right choice for you at this time.
What is my main motivation for choosing surgery?
You should only choose plastic surgery for yourself. Take a moment to make sure you’re not doing this for any reason other than feeling confident in your own skin. Unhealthy motivations for plastic surgery may include the desire to meet someone else’s expectations, the hope of saving a relationship, or the goal of living up to an unrealistic image.
Am I prepared for recovery?
While new surgical techniques are making the recovery process shorter, you can still expect to have some downtime—how much depends on your particular surgery. As a frame of reference, time away from work may vary from a few days to 3 weeks. Make sure you can realistically take the necessary time away from work to recover properly. Additionally, check that you have a support system in place to help with initial care and transportation.
Can I afford this?
Plastic surgery should be an exciting experience, not a stressful one. Having your financial bases covered will allow you to head into the process with a secure mindset. Cosmetic procedures are not typically covered by insurance, so it’s important to know that you’ll be able to cover your costs. Learn more about the pricing you can expect and your options for financing on our Payment Options page.
Do I know what I should look for in a surgeon?
Your decision to move forward with plastic surgery will be quickly followed by lots of research on potential surgeons and facilities. Do you know where to begin? Here’s a bit of guidance: as you browse, make sure you’re looking for board-certified plastic surgeons with great reviews and strong before-and-after photo galleries.
Will I feel more confident after my surgery?
The answer should be a resounding yes. Visualize yourself with your new look. How do you feel? If the answer is insecure, regretful, or embarrassed, surgery may not be the right choice at this time. If the answer is vibrant, energized, and strong, it’s a good sign that surgery might be the right next step for you.
To see examples of the results you can expect from the procedure you’re considering, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to learn more about your plastic surgery options, please contact us online or call our Webster, TX, office at (281) 720-8753.