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Plastic surgery: 5 things to consider before going under the knife

The Private Clinic in Dubai urges patients to consider
By Lubna Hamdan
Thu 22 Sep 2016 12:10 PM

Following recent hypes in Dubai over cosmetic surgery procedures such as the “superman six-pack,” experts at medical and aesthetic centre The Private Clinic in Jumeirah have proposed five key questions patients should ask themselves before going under the knife.

1. The surgeon:

Picking the right plastic surgeon for your procedure is of utter importance because plastic surgery is a serious physical and emotional commitment. So research your options and make sure they are Board Certified surgeons. Additionally, you can look for references from other people and research various medical associations online.

2. The reason:

Are you undergoing plastic surgery because of peer pressure, family comments or other external reasons? If so, rethink having your surgery. It is your body that is going to be changed by this procedure, so make sure you’re going through with it because you want to. If you have any doubts behind your reasons for the surgery, speak to a trusted friend or counsellor before moving forward with it.

3. The pain and recovery:

By the amount of people undergoing plastic surgery, one would think the pain and recovery are practically non-existent. But all surgery results in some kind of discomfort and pain. While your surgeon should make your recovery as smooth as possible, depending on the type of procedure, full recovery may take up to several weeks. So you need to know you are able to go through this without becoming distressed.

4. The expectations:

When you have sky-high expectations about a particular experience, it is easy to feel disappointed and resentful if the reality doesn't match up. The same goes for plastic surgery. Make sure you have realistic expectation before going into surgery and ensure you understand the capabilities and limitations of the procedure. If you want to look exactly like Kim Kardashian – it’s time to rethink the whole idea.

5. The state of mind:

Many people undergo cosmetic procedures during tough times such as relationship breakups, loss of jobs or mourning. Sometimes the procedures act as quick fixes or distractions from emotional pain and suffering. If your mind-set is anywhere near those lines, give yourself time to think clearly about the surgery.

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Last Updated: Thu 26 Jan 2017 01:27 PM GST

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