Cosmetic Procedures: Friend or Foe?


We all have wished, at some point in our lives, to be born with a body, skin and features of our choice. That nose could be little sharper, lips fuller, perfect brows and envious figure. No matter how beautiful we look, we would still like to change a thing or two about our appearance. Thanks to advanced medical science, these wishes are being fulfilled in every corner of the city. Going under the knife is no longer unusual. But there are a number of risk factors associated with cosmetic procedures, that people tend to over look, which can lead to serious physical, emotional, financial and psychological troubles.
A cosmetic procedure can be surgical and non surgical method that is aimed at reshaping the structure of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem. There are a wide variety of procedures available today. From breast augmentation to tummy tuck and from skin rejuvenation to a complete face lift, everything is possible.
Before you make up your mind to reshape any feature of your body, the most important thing to do is introspect! Find out what has prompted you to undergo a cosmetic procedure, a desire to please yourself or others? Have you prepared yourself to deal with the potential risks?
The second step would be finding a trained and experienced doctor. He will guide you to the procedure and risks associated with it, lifestyle changes that may accompany the recovery period, and the expenses involved.
Physical risks of a cosmetic procedure involves complications related to anaesthesia, fluid build up under the skin, obvious scarring or skin breakdown, which occurs when healing skin separates from healthy skin and must be removed surgically, mild to significant bleeding, numbness and tingling from nerve damage.
Apart from these, a person has to undergo major life-style alteration, especially after a weight loss or botox treatment. Botox injections (botulinum toxin) are used to smooth frown lines and wrinkles around the eyes. The procedure paralyses the muscles in the forehead, so you will have decreased movement of these muscles. A tummy tuck, will radically change how you eat. Your appetite will go for a toss and your stomach will feel full quickly.
Emotional risk is when the result is not as per the expectation. The time, energy and money involved could look like a waste, leading the person towards depression and aloofness.
Some cosmetic procedures require regular touch ups & follow- up surgeries. There is a financial aspect associated with these. A person has to be mentally prepared for potential financial burden he/she might get into.
A cosmetic procedure gone wrong can hit your psychology, ripping you of self-esteem and confidence. Consider the number of celebrities who isolated themselves because of botched cosmetic procedures.

One should also understand that a cosmetic procedure can alter or resolve the problems of the body, not the mind and soul. You may gain confidence after a reshaped nose, but that is no guarantee of a happy life there after. Cosmetic procedures are not the solution. They may have a positive impact on some aspects of your life for a period of time, because many cosmetic procedures do not last a lifetime. The natural ageing process will continue to affect the result of a cosmetic procedure and appearance.

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