[pic]While cosmetic procedures may enhance your self-image, they won't fundamentally change your life. So, if you re thinking that a nose job might increase your chances for a promotion, you may want to reconsider your motivations. Several factors make some individuals better candidates for a procedure than others, including health, expectations, time and money. Of course, matching the problem to the correct procedure will weigh in, but, overall, whether you're thinking fillers or facelift, there are some general guidelines that will increase your chances for a positive outcome.
First, your general health must be good, says Joseph Niamtu, III, D.M.D., a cosmetic facial surgeon in Richmond, Va.
"There is no such thing as a required cosmetic surgery. A patient is not going to die if they don't have a procedure," Dr. Niamtu tells ITK. However, he says, you may have a significant risk of complications during and after a procedure if you are severely overweight, smoke or have other serious health conditions. Therefore, it s important to be upfront with your doctor about any health problems you may have, so together, you can work out the most effective treatment plan. Grounded expectations According to Dr. Niamtu, bringing in pictures of celebrity body parts, like Angelina Jolie s lips or J-lo's hind side, won't make a positive impression on your doctor.
You need to be honest with yourself about what you're looking to improve and -why. Your doctor should help you to better understand what you can expect from a given procedure. But, Dr. Niamtu advises, "You can't quantify a cosmetic result." An ideal patient is one who says "they just want to look the best they can for their age — that's realistic," he says.
Time fiex required
You can't expect to immediately be back at work and fully functioning the day after a procedure, so you've got to factor downtime into the equation — and the amount of time needed for recovery depends on the procedure....