You hear about it all the time – this one’s just had a face lift, this one just went for botulinum toxin injections and this one got a tummy tuck for her 50th birthday. Even men are doing it! And sometimes you see famous personalities on television that you can’t even recognize due to the extreme changes plastic surgery has produced!
Most people opt for plastic surgery to reconstruct a certain body part, from noses to breasts and from whole faces to just foreheads and mouths. The goal is to obtain the desired results in as little time as possible, at the lowest cost, and with the least amount of pain and downtime.
And usually, patients have an exact picture in their head of what they want, and expect to see when the procedure is done, usually with the help of the surgeon’s software that can reconstruct the applicable area on a computer screen. However, as the doctor always states, and the patient always signs off on – there is no guarantee. Uh huh!
And what about the risks involved? Well first of all, any type of surgery poses a risk. Is vanity reason enough to opt to go under the knife with general anesthesia? How about the time you need to take off from work and all types of daily activities because you are a prisoner in your home while your face, or other body part, resembles something akin to a ghoulish mask? And then, there’s always the cost, which most likely is an out-of-pocket expense, not covered by any insurer because it’s hardly what they would call “medically necessary.”
So is it really worth it? Do you like the expressionless faces of television and movie personalities who look like their faces will crack if they smile? And just why is it that so many people’s perceived happiness and overall mood is tied into their external appearance rather than their internal well-being? Will a wrinkle-free face really make you a happier or more fulfilled person? Will larger breasts somehow make you feel different?
Or is acceptance of your outward beauty really more related to the state of your inward beauty. Remember that real beauty, like real health, comes from the inside out!