Cosmetic Surgery Confidential: Why Women go Under the Knife
Want to know the number one reason women go under the knife in pursuit of beauty? Hint, hint. It’s not what you might think. The reason may surprise you. In fact, cosmetic surgery procedures have increased over the last ten years and continue to soar in popularity and the reasons why women elect to undergo today’s minimally invasive techniques for face, breast and body sculpting surgery are also changing. According to Medicinenet.com “Fewer people are growing older gracefully, while more and more are accepting the cosmetic surgery alternative.” Why is that?
Don’t Do It for These Reasons
You should never choose to have plastic surgery to please someone in your life. As a woman, you get constant feedback from those around you about your appearance. If your skin is glowing, radiant and refreshed and your hair is freshly colored and cut, you will be showered with compliments and get lots of favorable responses letting you know that you look good. People react to your appearance. You know a lot about how you looked based on the way others react to your looks. That is why, for women, body image and self-image are so closely linked. When you need a bit of fine tuning, you will notice a different type of response. Friends and family may offer you self-improvement tips to let you know, in a not-so-subtle way, that it’s time to make a change.
If you are opting to have plastic surgery to please someone else, you will be disappointed with the results.
When to Ignore the Whispers of Your Inner Circle
It can be difficult to ignore what the people closest to you have to say about your physical appearance. It is a true test of your maturity when you can ignore the whispers. Learn to listen to your own wants and needs and tune the rest of the world out. This may take some practice.
Decide What Matters Most to You
Give your own feelings the loudest voice. It’s hard to think about your wants when there are dozens of voices in your head screaming at you. Once you learn to silence those outside voices and be true to your own heart, your voice will become louder and you will seek out ways to get your needs met.
Boost Your Self Esteem
This is the number one reason women choose to go under the knife. The truth is, it doesn’t matter what your neighbors think. Or your cousin says. What matters most is your opinion of yourself. If you want to erase your frown lines, perk up a sagging jaw line or shed those extra pounds, pay close attention to your motivation. When done for the right reasons, surgery can be life-changing. You can increase your confidence and feel better about your appearance. Be honest with yourself about your motivation. Don’t do it because you want your partner to love you more or find you more attractive. Do it when you want to find yourself more attractive. Your opinion about yourself is more valuable than anyone else’s.
Your job as a patient is to do your research and find the most skilled doctor in your area. Get references. Check testimonials. Do your homework. Your doctor’s job is to find out what you are looking for as far as results. A qualified plastic surgeon can quickly assess your motivation and hone in on whether your expectations are realistic.
Be sure to pay attention to what you can expect to get as a result of the surgery. Talk honestly with your doctor and make yourself very clear. Emphasize your desires. When you decide what you want and you have clear expectations that are in line with the surgeon’s abilities, then you are ready to move forward and plan your surgery.