Should I Settle with Aging Gracefully?
There is no question that being healthy is fundamental regardless of your age, but aging?gracefully?seems somewhat contradictory to what actually happens as you get older. Given what the ravages of sun damage and passing years do to your face and body, what can result “naturally” is anything but graceful.
When Is the Right Time for Surgery?
Most women start considering facial cosmetic surgery when they hear their friends talking about it. You could consider putting off surgery “until you really need it,” but, waiting until your skin is hanging loosely from your jaw or neck certainly isn’t the ideal time to book that surgeon.
One key factor in having a procedure done sooner rather than later is that it’s safer to have any surgery, including facial cosmetic surgery, when you are younger versus older. First, your skin and your body are better able to heal when you are younger. Having cosmetic surgery sooner is less dramatic when your face is just beginning to show signs of age.
Important Factors to Consider
The decision to have cosmetic surgery shouldn’t be made lightly, and absolutely not as a result of some emotional upheaval in your life. Here’s what you really need to think through before you make the decision to have something done:
- What are your expectations?? Those who report the greatest satisfaction after cosmetic surgery are the ones who kept their expectations realistic-and didn’t expect their new, lifted face to magically transform every aspect of their life. They also did it for themselves, rather than to please someone else.
- What are the risks and how long is the recovery?? There are always risks with surgery, and the time for recovery differs greatly the type of procedure. You must discuss these items at length with your physician. If the doctor you are seeing glosses over these details, or just hands you a piece of paper with a list of the potential problems, then reconsider the doctor you are seeing!
Finding a Qualified Cosmetic Surgeon
The good and the bad news is that there are dozens of reputable cosmetic surgeons. You should only deal with a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
In the end, if you choose to have facial cosmetic surgery, your decision should be based on improving how you feel about yourself from the healthy perspective of wanting to feel more confident and look as young on the outside as you feel on the inside. If that’s your mindset then there’s every reason to go for it!