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How To Research a Cosmetic Surgery Procedure:

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You should ask yourself these questions:
Am I considering cosmetic surgery because I would really like something improved or is it in response to somebody else’s comments? It is really important that any patient is very clear about what concerns them and not to depend on other people’s opinions.
Am I in the right frame of mind to have surgery at this point? Often patients who are going through a difficult time for instance after a divorce or recent bereavement may consider cosmetic surgery but it is usually more appropriate to consider such surgery at a less stressful or difficult time to make sure that any decisions are the right ones.
Am I sure that the person I wish to see is fully aware of all that I would wish to have done and understands my concerns?
Have I received enough information about the procedure, risks and potential outcomes of the surgery before making a decision? It is important that your surgeon gives you a good idea of the necessity for the surgery as well as any potential risks. It is also vital that you understand what is required of yourself post operatively and to have ample opportunity to ask all relevant questions in this regard.
Have I given appropriate consent through discussion over at least two stages? It is important to understand that consent for any surgery is a process and should not be based on one single point of discussion. Often one needs to have at least two weeks to make that decision.
Is any decision that I have made regarding surgery my own, or have I been inappropriately cajoled or induced into having such surgery? Patients can sometimes be pressured into having surgery and if this is the case, it is best to seek an opinion elsewhere to be sure that any intended surgery is appropriate for you.
Many of these questions should be answered during any interaction with a surgeon and the hospital where treatment is likely to occur. If you have any concerns, it is best to ask these questions specifically and ensure that you get an appropriate answer. If you have any doubts, it is best to have a discussion with an appropriately qualified surgeon.


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