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Five Reasons Not to Have Cosmetic Surgery

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Considering the abundant hoopla about cosmetic surgery in the media, one might get the impression that “everyone” is going under the knife. Obviously, that’s not really the case. But if you have the impression that everyone is having surgery, you might occasionally find yourself thinking that you “ought” to consider an aesthetic procedure.

Here are five reasons not to have cosmetic surgery. If one of these notions strikes a familiar chord with you, talk yourself out of jumping in and give it some more thought.

1. It seems like no big deal.

It’s true that when performed by an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon, surgical complications are relatively rare. But there are risks you must understand thoroughly, including physical, medical and emotional risks. There’s post-surgical pain to consider, a recovery period that may be longer than you might expect and even the possibility of revision surgery soon or down the road.

Television can make cosmetic surgery seem like a breeze. Don’t fall for that idea.

2. I want it for a better life.

All over the world, people who are struggling with various aspects of their lives occasionally turn to cosmetic surgery in the hope that their fortunes will improve. In November, 2010, Reuters reported this phenomenon occurring in Egypt, where low-income citizens borrow money, donate blood and turn to cheap clinics for treatment. See http://af.reuters.com/article/tunisiaNews/idAFLDE6AN18A20101124?pageNumber=4&virtualBrandChannel=0.

Even if you’re not poor, know that electing to have plastic surgery to help you face a challenge like getting a job, finding a mate or avoiding divorce is not a good plan. Surgery can only fine-tune your appearance; solving life problems is up to you.

3. I want to look like a celebrity.

Come on, you might say, I’m not like that great-grandmother who had surgery to look like Jessica Rabbit. Or like the obsessed fans who want to make themselves over in the image of Demi Moore or Kim Kardashian.

But think about it a little more.

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the decision to have cosmetic surgery is a life changing decision, that is why it is important to consider the risks and danger of procedures before heading to the operating room.

April 24, 2011 - 9:26pm
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