Cosmetic surgery procedures are deemed elective, which means that they are not necessary for function, but aim to improve or enhance the aesthetic appearance of the patient. As a result, most cosmetic surgery procedures have to be funded privately by the patient. Even procedures that might be necessary to improve the patient’s quality of life – like a breast reduction for a woman that has overly large breasts – are now almost impossible to receive on the NHS. As a result, the cost of cosmetic surgery does become of huge importance to the prospective patient.
However, I believe it is imperative that any man or women contemplating a cosmetic surgery procedure appreciates that the ‘cost’ of cosmetic surgery, in monetary terms, should not be the overriding concern. It is my job during the consultation at my Leamington cosmetic surgery practice to ensure that the patient fully understands the investment they will be making, before they make the decision to go ahead.
An investment of time
Any cosmetic surgery procedure involves a lengthy recovery period and demands that the patient is fully invested in their recovery to ensure the best results possible. There is no quick fix when it comes to surgery, so it is essential that the patient understands what is required of them.
Smoking is probably the prime example of this. Nicotine constricts the blood vessels, reducing the amount of the essential transported oxygen that can get to tissue that has been cut and manipulated during surgery. This increases the chance of wound infection and wound breakdown and anyway slows healing, so scars tend to heal less well. The best option is to quit completely, but if the patient is unable to do so, I insist that they stop smoking for at least eight weeks before facelift and complex tummy tuck surgery and for a month afterwards.
Investing in a new you
Surgery does not stop the ageing clock or prevent you from piling on the pounds again. Facial cosmetic surgery procedures such as a facelift, blepharoplasty or neck lift, can reset the ageing clock, restoring and rejuvenating your appearance, but ageing changes will continue to occur. Committing to looking after your skin and avoiding damaging habits such as smoking or excessive sun exposure should be a must afterwards.
In a similar way, body contouring surgery such as a tummy tuck or liposuction, can greatly improve the appearance of you body, but we can’t guarantee that your body will stay that way afterwards unless you look after your results, in terms of committing to a healthy diet and exercise regime.
If you have any further questions about what a cosmetic surgery procedure entails or would like impartial, expert advice on whether it is the right decision for you, please call 01926 436341 to arrange a cosmetic surgery consultation.