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In the struggle to look one’s best, there are a great many tools that can be utilized to achieve the results you’re going for. Good, consistent skin care aids with long-term maintenance of the health and visual quality of your skin, and makeup can be used on an as-needed basis to accentuate, diminish, or tweak your features to produce the most desirable effect. That said, there is only so much either makeup or skin care can do, which is why some people get cosmetic procedures—often referred to as plastic surgery—to permanently alter their features to better match what they’re going for. There is no shame in having a cosmetic procedure if it helps you, but it’s also not something to be taken lightly, and there are a lot of things to consider before making this decision. For this reason, Vine Vera thought it best to help by discussing the various pros and cons of cosmetic procedures, so that you can make an informed decision about what’s best for you.
Pro: Potential Self-Confidence Boost
If you want a cosmetic procedure because a particular feature causes you a lot of stress and you really want it taken care of to help with self-esteem, surgery could aid with that. At the same time, you should consider just how much this feature bothers you, and if you honestly believe you can live a stable, happy life with it (especially if you use therapy to help you cope). If the answer is yes or maybe, you may want to postpone surgery while you think about it. If the answer is no, then a cosmetic procedure could really help you.
Cosmetic surgeries are expensive, and there’s no getting around that. It’s usually not covered by insurance unless it’s connected to a medical condition and is being done to help with said issue, and you can lose additional money if you have to take off time from work to get it done.
Pro: Health benefits
This only applies in specific circumstances, but if you’re considering a cosmetic procedure for something related to a health issue, there are cases in which a “cosmetic” procedure can be more than just cosmetic. Good examples include a nose job actually reducing sinus pressure, or breast reduction surgery reducing back pain caused by too much weight on the chest.
Cosmetic surgery is still surgery, and all surgical procedures carry a risk of complications. The risk isn’t necessarily huge (although your risk will depend on a number of factors and should be discussed with your doctor and/or with the surgeon you’re considering getting the procedure done by), but you should carefully think about how badly you want this, and if it’s worth the risk. Complications are not something to be taken lightly; they can potentially be life-threatening.
Pro/Con: It’s Irreversible
This one can potentially be either good or bad depending on how you like the results. On one hand, if you love your new look post-op, great! It’s permanent! On the other hand, if you hate it…well, too bad, because it’s permanent. Consider your expectations carefully, and whether they’re realistic. If they’re not, you could be in for disappointment.