Patients considering cosmetic surgery need to ensure they understand the procedure thoroughly before electing to go ahead, according to a leading US medical practice.
While cosmetic surgery can certainly improve your appearance, patients can only make the right choice for themselves as an individual if they fully understand the benefits, risks and limitations of the procedure, reports an article on the Mayo Clinic website.
"Cosmetic surgery offers the potential to improve many areas of the body. But as with any surgery, cosmetic procedures also involve certain risks and limitations," the clinic warns.
"The closer you work with your surgeon to establish specific, measurable and achievable goals before surgery, the more likely you are to be happy with the results."
The clinic advises prospective patients to expect an improvement in their appearance, not perfection, and to understand that cosmetic surgery poses health risks similar to other kinds of surgery.
In addition, the article provides information on how to ensure a surgeon is sufficiently qualified and on what to expect during an initial consultation with your surgeon.
The experts conclude: "Even if you've done your homework and found a surgeon you like – at a price you can afford – make sure you feel absolutely comfortable with and committed to your choices.
"In the end, it's your decision and yours alone."