Millions of people, both male and female, undergo cosmetic surgery every year. Modern plastic surgeons can alter almost any aspect of physical appearance, from facial features to body shape. While some cosmetic surgery is done for medical reasons, many other procedures are voluntary. Weighting the pros and cons before having cosmetic surgery can help people make a right decision.
For some, having cosmetic surgery can be vital to confidence levels and self-image. If you have a physical feature that you've spent years wishing were different or that has a recognizable impact on your daily life or health, this is usually an indication that it is something you truly desire to change. However, obsession over a specific facial or body feature can indicate mental health issues, and therapy might be a better option than surgery.
Another big benefit comes to those who have health issues related to their appearances that bother them. Some women with very large breasts experience excruciating back pain that a breast reduction can reduce significantly. A nose job can potentially reduce sinus infections, and the removal of breast tissue in men can lower the risk of cancer in that tissue. These are just a few of the health problems that can be alleviated through cosmetic surgery.
Cosmetic surgery is still surgery and shouldn't be taken lightly. The potential for complications exists, Just as for any other operation. Pain is a significant drawback to plastic surgery, and recovery times can be as long as six months in some cases. Some patients may be at risk for severe reactions to anesthesia or may develop health problems such as hemorrhaging as a result of their surgery.
Sometimes the surgery doesn't produce the results the patient desires. This is often a problem with expectations, not with the skill of the surgeon. Expecting unrealistic results, such as that surgery will make you look like a movie star or automatically solve all of your dating problems, can be a significant drawback to having cosmetic procedures. Besides, cosmetic surgery can be expensive and is usually not covered by medical insurance. There may also be a financial loss due to time taken off work for recovery.