Plastic surgery can improve the way you look. If you have been unhappy about a feature, such as your nose or the shape of your chin, for years, undergoing surgery has provided you with the opportunity to fix it. Cosmetic surgery isn't something to rush into and the decision to undergo a procedure isn't something you should take lightly. A few factors can help you decide whether plastic surgery is the right choice for you, right now.

Your Health

The state of your health plays a big role when it comes time to decide to undergo a surgical procedure. Plastic surgery is usually not recommended for people who have bleeding disorders or serious medical conditions.

Lifestyle choices that impact your health should also be considered. For example, smoking cigarettes or drinking excess amounts of alcohol can make it difficult to recover from surgery. If you smoke and want cosmetic surgery, it's usually recommended that you quit several weeks before surgery and continue not to smoke for several weeks afterwards.

The Cost

Another big factor to think about when considering plastic surgery is the cost. Unless you need the surgery for reconstructive or medical reasons, your insurance company will not cover it. Examine your finances and ask yourself if you can afford to pay for the surgery. Some plastic surgeons, including Dr. Ary Krau, offer cosmetic surgery financing options which make paying for the procedure easier.

What You Want From the Surgery

Understanding what a procedure can and can’t do for you is essential when deciding to undergo surgery. Although it can sometimes seem like it, cosmetic surgery is not magic. It’s possible to improve your look, but you can’t expect the surgeon to make you into a perfect specimen. Having an in-depth conversation with a board certified plastic surgeon before you commit to a procedure is essential. Dr. Krau can give you a fair idea of what to expect from surgery or recommend other options, such as Botox or fillers, if more indicated than a surgical procedure.

Recovery Time

Another issue to ask yourself before deciding to get surgery is do you have the time needed to recover? Have a realistic expectation for the amount of time you will need to get back on your feet. If you are unable to take time off from work or to leave the kids with a babysitter, now might not be the time for a procedure.

To get a better idea of whether or not plastic surgery is the right choice for you, you can use our contact form to ask Dr. Krau questions and schedule a consultation in our office. Use this link to reach out to Dr. Krau – Contact Dr. Krau.

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