More young adults are itching to change their physical appearance by going under the knife.
According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 64 percent of facial plastic surgeons surveyed saw an increase in injectable treatments or cosmetic surgery in people under 30 in 2015.
Experts point to our selfie-obsessed culture and the so-called Kardashian effect but this isn’t just the youngsters. Eighty-two percent of the surgeons surveyed said that celebrities were a big influence on the decisions of patients of all ages to get plastic surgery last year.
“Patients bring pictures of celebrities on their cell phones or show me photos they found on social media of what they want to look like,” says Eugene Kim, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills.
Whatever your age, make sure you are as well advised as you can be, you can use this checklist as a guide:
Researching where your surgery is performed is crucial to ensure that you are in safe hands. We advise treating this as seriously as any other medical practice. It could be that the hospital has a history of malpractice, uncleanliness and problems with the law.
Taking a visit to the hospital prior to surgery is always beneficial. For outpatient procedures, you will be able to see your doctor and the surgery areas. If you're feeling comfortable with practitioners, you are bound to be at ease throughout.
The procedure and anaesthesia:
Before even meeting with your surgeon, it is important to research your procedure thoroughly, from the specifics of the surgery to the possible side effects and medications.
Usually forgotten, questioning the type of anaesthesia and the feelings you'll have are very essential. The amount of anaesthesia that is used varies pain levels and recovery time.
During a consultation, it is advised to ask a prospective surgeon about their credentials. Ask them questions about their past education, experiences and photographs of former patients.
When you are the patient, considerations may be a little daunting. It is best to ensure that you feel completely at ease before going under any cosmetic surgery, regardless of how big or small.
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