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Nowadays we live in an age where your physical appearance holds more weight than ever. We live in a selfie era. Individuals upload pictures of themselves at all times. Followers praise them on their beauty. The more attractive you are, the more popular you are. Not only this, but plastic surgery has become a more readily available and affordable option for most. A decade back, celebrities still underwent the knife, but they’d be much quieter about it.

They would refute claims of boob jobs and tummy tucks. Nobody would admit having botox. Things have changed drastically. With the rise of reality TV, stars such as the Kardashians and the cast of Geordie Shore openly discuss surgical procedures they’ve undergone. Pop stars such as Nicki Minaj have seen the popularity of previously unheard of procedures increase drastically. Boob implants aren’t enough for some anymore. Now there are butt implants too. The benefits of plastic surgery are flaunted in all of their glory. But are they really for everyone? Here are a few questions to ask yourself before going under the knife.

What Are You Hoping To Achieve?

Not all of us are blessed with the basics of societally enforced standards beauty. Plastic surgery is a way to change this. But are you being realistic with your expectations? Plastic surgery can radically change your appearance. But no matter how much surgery you have, you will never look the same as a celebrity who has undergone the same procedure. Remember, all that glitters is not gold. These people have a team of people around them who are constantly working on their appearance. Photoshop is a celebrity’s best friend. That and professional makeup artists and hair stylists. Be realistic with your expectations. Plastic surgery can seem to work miracles, but don’t expect too much from it.

Who Are You Doing This For?

Ask yourself who you are doing this for. Undergoing plastic surgery is a drastic decision to make. You will be having surgery. This always comes with risks and potential complications. Do you want to do this for a partner who might have put you down about your physical appearance? Or because of a rude comment from a stranger on social media? Only ever consider plastic surgery if it’s something that you want for yourself. If it makes you happy, weigh up the pros and cons. Do the cons outweigh the pros? Don’t do it. Can you see significant benefits from going ahead with treatment? Then go for it.

Are You Prepared? Physically and Mentally?

Plastic surgery is demanding on your body. Are you physically prepared for surgery? You’ll have to be at your peak when it comes to bodily health before surgeons will operate on you. Have you researched the recovery process involved with the procedure? Some operations will be over with relatively few side effects, but others can completely incapacitate you for weeks. Will you be able to take that much time off work? Do you have a good support network around you to help you out with physical tasks post op? Not only this, but it is a demanding process mentally. Will you be able to handle your new body type? Will you be able to handle the consequences of surgery if there are negative side effects or it doesn’t go quite as planned? Research info about cosmetic surgery. Make sure you are fully aware of what you are letting yourself in for.

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Do You Have The Money?

Plastic surgery is more readily available nowadays. But it’s not exactly cheap. If you’re considering taking out a loan to have the procedure carried out, then forget it. You need to have the money upfront. You don’t want to be paying off your nose job on finance with high-interest rates for the rest of your life. Prioritize your needs. Make sure you only spend what you can afford to. Many will try to find cheaper surgeons. These might be abroad in countries with fewer health and safety regulations. They may be able to offer lower prices, but your health isn’t something you can risk so easily. You could end up spending a fortune in attempts to repair the damage caused by poorly carried out procedures.


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Is It The Right Time For Your Procedure?

Certain procedures have optimal ages. For example, no twenty year old is in need of botox. Here are key times for certain forms of surgery.

Botox: 35 plus. You don’t develop permanent lines or wrinkles until your late thirties and forties. You don’t need botox before this point, as it won’t make much difference to your appearance at all.


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Eye Lift: 40. If you have inherited large eye bags, then you might want to go in early. But generally, most people don’t develop dark, permanent, sagging circles until their forties.

Nose Job: 20 plus. Your facial bones haven’t finished fully developing until your teenage years are over. You shouldn’t undergo surgery before you are fully formed. Who knows? The small change you want to the shape of your nose might change by itself by the time you’ve finished growing.


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Lip Fillers: 37. More and more young women are choosing lip fillers. But it’s not a procedure that you should look into until you’re a little older. Your lips thin with age. You can give them a boost in your late thirties. Before that, there’s not much point unless you want to take on an Angelina Jolie-esque look.

Face Lift: 45. A face lift is an extreme form of plastic surgery. It’s not something to consider lightly. A lot of people opt for this surgery once aging has taken its toll and is noticeable. Say, their fifties and sixties. However, in your forties, your skin is more elastic, and the results will consequently be better. The change will also be more subtle and discreet.

Boob Job: 25. No plastic surgeon should perform breast enhancement on a girl under the age of eighteen. Many girls won’t finish fully developing until their early twenties, so it would be silly to add implants when you don’t know how your body will look naturally in a couple of years time. By 25 you have finished growing and will know exactly how you want to alter your body shape and to what extent. However, remember that having a boob job isn’t the end of that procedure. You will need to have a boob uplift further down the line.

Boob Uplift: 45. Implants only last for around fifteen years. Potentially less if you experience complications such as hardening. At the end of this period, they’ll need to be removed and replaced. It is suggested that the uplift is carried out when the patient has finished having children.

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