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Plastic surgery pros and cons

Updated on November 9, 2015

To date more than 4 million Americans have had surgical plastic procedures performed. The growth in number of operations over the last few years has been staggering and it’s not just women doing it. Around 17% of all surgery is performed on men. Clearly we are not looking at a fad here, but a trend, a trend that one cannot just dismiss. Many people are clearly benefiting from cosmetic surgery.

So why do people do it? In this article we will answer the question by looking at cosmetic plastic surgery pros and cons.

Before committing to surgery you should strongly consider whether the benefit of makeup and non surgical cosmetic procedures isn't enough to fill your specific needs.

The need to research
You can better gage the pros and cons of plastic surgery if you properly research the procedure that you are considering as well as the surgeon who will be performing the procedure. Each procedure is unique and has a different price, risks and recovery time. Go online; talk to people who have had the procedure, the time you will spend will be well worth it. If you live in the USA make sure that your surgeon is board certified.

Read up on the pros and cons of cosmetic surgery

Plastic surgery pros

How you feel about yourself
The most dramatic change, in those that have plastic surgery, lies in how they see themselves and their place in the world. Having more self confidence can be life changing. However you have to ask yourself: Is this a good enough reason to do it? Is there an easier way?

Plastic surgery and your career
Studies show that more attractive people have better, longer and more rewarding careers. The benefit from cosmetic surgery isn’t the same, for all careers. Individuals in sales and industries connected with cosmetics and beauty tend to get more out of the money they spend.

Plastic surgery cons

The expense of cosmetic surgery
Depending on the procedure cosmetic surgery can be expensive. It can run anywhere from $2,000 for Liposuction to $10,000 for a facelift and hunting for the cheapest alternative isn’t a good idea, in the world of plastic surgery. Your medical insurance is unlikely to cover any elective surgery, so you will have to pay for it all yourself. The question then is: Does the benefits outweigh the costs?

Recuperation time after cosmetic surgery
You are bound to need some time off after any surgery. The amount of time your surgeon tells you, to plan for, is only a guideline. Different people handle surgery very differently. Some can be back at work the next day, while others need to take weeks off. You will also need to prepare yourself for some pain and unsightly swelling, after surgery.

Unrealistic expectations
It’s normal to get a bit excited about the possibilities of plastic surgery. Remember it will still be you just a little different. Try to keep your expectations reasonable.

I hope this article has given you a slightly better idea of plastic surgery’s pros and cons. Remember to thoroughly research your options before going through with it.


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      Cait 8 years ago

      Thank you!

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      Lauren 8 years ago

      Plastic surgery can really change how a person approaches their place in the world. I've seen dramatic increases in confidence from people who felt completely self conscious before their procedures.

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      PSChannel 8 years ago from TX, United States

      This is a great hub for anyone thinking about undergoing plastic surgery

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Thanks for this JG.