Are you considering cosmetic surgery? Thinking it might be time to try Botox, or a face lift? – A little body reshaping or breast augmentation? Perhaps those images of over-stretched and over-plumped celebrities are giving you pause.
Certified Plastic Surgeon in the downtown of San José, Costa Rica, suggests several care you must have before a professional hire us to get a cosmetic surgery.
Dr. out that there are many choices these days for enhancing your looks that don’t involve a scalpel. There are newer non-invasive procedures like Botox injections, soft tissue fillers or skin care medicines that can help revive an aging face. Also available are minimally invasive procedures that resurface or tighten the skin without undergoing a full surgical procedure. And, of course, there are surgical procedures like breast augmentation or reduction, liposuction, face lifts or the classic “nose job” that more dramatically reshape the body.
Dr. notes that not all procedures are aimed at reversing the forces of aging. Younger patients may wish to reshape an area that has long troubled them – a big nose or protruding ears. There is also a growing phenomenon of women who desire “Mommy Makeovers” to reverse some of the pregnancy-related changes to a woman’s figure, as well as post weight-loss surgeries to deal with excess skin. But most often, cosmetic surgery is sought by the person who wants to avoid the ravages of time.
So here are the top 10 tips for having a safe and successful cosmetic surgery experience:
1. What is your reason for plastic surgery?
Cosmetic surgery can improve your outward appearance, but won’t help with self-esteem problems on the inside. Be clear about why you want this procedure done and what it will mean in your own life. All good cosmetic surgeons will also engage in this important conversation with you. Dr. notes that the reason for doing a procedure should always be yours, alone. “Don’t do it because your spouse, or anyone else, suggested it. Do it for yourself, only.”
2. Be realistic about having the procedure done:
Having your lips enhanced won’t make you look just like Angelina Jolie. It will give your own face bigger lips. Be sure you aren’t expecting too much from a cosmetic procedure.
3. Learn about cosmetic surgery from reputable sites:
Dr. recommends visiting the site of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to learn about different procedures. Another recommended site is RealSelf where a community of patients and providers share experiences, thoughts and results from actual procedures.
4. Understand what to expect – before, during and after your procedure:
Be sure you have a clear understanding of what’s involved in your procedure and what to expect right after. Will there be discomfort or pain? Is there a period of time when you won’t look “normal?” When can you return to work or physical activities? For those contemplating actual surgery, understand that it is a medical procedure with real risks and a recovery period, just like any other surgery.
5. Choose a good surgeon:
Your surgeon should be knowledgeable, experienced and caring. You should be comfortable talking with your surgeon and feel that he or she understands YOUR goals and concerns. Ask to look at before and after photos of your surgeon’s patients. And most importantly: Choose a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. says to be cautious of other “certifications” that a doctor may present.
6. Make sure any surgery will be performed in an accredited operating room:
If you are having surgery, check out the facility that will be used. It should meet high standards for safety, and have life-saving equipment available at all times.
7. Be knowledgeable about the cost:
Cosmetic surgery is very rarely covered by health insurance, so you will be paying the cost out of pocket. Dr. notes that "be careful of those offering low-cost procedures – it is a sign to carefully assess their professional skills and the safety of their facilities". In Costa Rica the prices are 50% cheaper than in USA, including the costs of stay and travel. Dr. offers the same quality procedures and standards of care used in USA.
8. Beware of marketing hype about a procedure:
If a procedure sounds too good to be true – well, it probably is. Find a provider you trust and have him or her guide you about possible procedures.
9. Stop smoking!
Although it is known that smoking can accelerate aging, that’s not the reason. Dr. notes that smoking increases the possible risks associated with cosmetic surgery procedures.
10. Take your time:
Last, but not least, take your time in evaluating your options. Do not rush. A cosmetic procedure can make a wonderful difference in your life – if done well and for the right reasons. There is usually not any reason to rush this particular decision, so use the luxury of time to follow the tips above.
- Length of the procedure: 3 to 4 hrs
- Type of anesthesia: general
- Clinic Staying: 6 hrs or 1 night depending of the extension of the procedure.
- Postoperative stay in Costa Rica: 7 to 14 days.