Nearly 30,000 cosmetic surgery procedures are performed in the UK alone each year, on various body parts, for a whole host of different reasons. From familiar surgeries like breast uplifts and breast reductions, tummy tucks, liposuction and face lifts, to the somewhat less known surgeries like labiaplasty, eye bag removal and male breast reduction.
People from all walks of life, backgrounds and ages groups desire to change parts of their body for many different reasons. These include;
- To reduce pain
- To tighten skin from aging
- To tighten skin from losing weight
- To look younger
- Sex and gender reassignment
- To remove signs of aging like wrinkles and bags
- To remove excess fat
- To increase an area’s size
- To simply look and feel better
- And many more health and mental health issues
There is no right or wrong reason to want plastic surgery and we consult 1000’s of men, women and transitioning people each year who are all hoping that surgery will improve their life, for their own personal reasons.
What most of them want to know initially; Am I the right candidate for cosmetic surgery?
Each and every surgical procedure will have specific guidelines and requirements for the candidates. For instance, if you’re looking to get the more natural looking breast augmentation / enlargement with fat transfer (instead of breast implants), you will have to have the correct shape, size and amount of excess fat to remove and replace. If you want liposuction, you’ll have to have the fat there to remove and also have tried to lose the weight naturally first.
There are also health requirements for plastic surgery too, and ordinarily candidates have to be in good health if they want surgery. Certain attributes that can make a person a bad candidate for plastic surgery are;
- Being under 18
- Having serious health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, bleeding disorders, diabetes and more
- Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, taking certain legal or illegal drugs
- Suffering from depression, anxiety and other mental health illnesses
Although the physical requirements are of course important, we feel that mental requirements are just as important too. Some questions you may want to ask yourself if you are interested in plastic surgery are;
- Why do I want plastic surgery?
- What do I want to change about myself and why?
- Who am I having the surgery for? (It should always be for yourself!)
- Is the surgery going to change my life / help the way i’m feeling?
- How long have I wanted this surgery for?
- What are my expectations of the surgery?
- Are my surgical goals reasonable?
Knowing why you want plastic surgery, knowing what you’re hoping to achieve by having surgery and being realistic in your expectations, will all help you and your surgeon determine whether plastic surgery is right for you.
Any reputable plastic surgeon or plastic surgery company in the UK should offer free, in depth consultations to discuss the health, physical and mental requirements for each surgery candidate and patient. This is a chance to speak openly and honestly with a professional and ask all the questions you need, as well as answer them from the surgeon too. There should be no obligation, as your surgeon should always put your mental and physical well being first.
If you’re ready to speak to a surgeon about being the right candidate for plastic surgery, and would like to book a consultation, please feel free to contact us via phone, email or the website.