7 Questions to Ask When Deciding if Cosmetic Surgery is Right for You

It’s easy to jump on the Cosmetic Surgery bandwagon, assuming a quick change here and there is all that is needed to make you feel better, happier, or more content. But, in fact, we have found that the more time patients spend determining whether or not cosmetic procedures are right for them, the more satisfied they are with the results when they decide to move forward. 

We spend a good deal of time talking to patients about why they want to have a particular procedure. Sometimes, the answers to our questions cause our patients to take a step back and think for a while before scheduling their appointment because they need to feel 100% confident about their choice. Here are questions you can ask yourself to determine whether or not Cosmetic Surgery is right for you now.

  1. What am I hoping to achieve with this procedure? If the answer to this question is, “I want to be happy,” or “It will make me feel better about myself,” you may want to dig a little deeper. It’s true that how we feel about our physical appearance has a direct reflection on how we feel emotionally, however, beauty really is only skin deep. If you are unhappy in other areas of your life, a cosmetic procedure won’t do anything to alleviate your stress or unhappiness. Make sure your goals are directly related to your physical appearance, and aren’t acting as a shield for something else.
  2. Have I experienced a recent upheaval, change, or stressful experience in my life? Sometimes, in an effort to avoid negative emotions or to give the appearance that “everything is fine,” we turn outside of ourselves for comfort. Cosmetic Surgery, like shopping, eating, drinking, or chronic socializing can serve as a buffer from your real feelings. We recommend that our clients process their life changes emotionally first, and wait a while, before working to change their physical aspects.
  3. Do I lead a healthy lifestyle? Think twice about pursuing Cosmetic Surgery if you do not lead a relatively healthy lifestyle, including eating well, getting regular exercise, and avoiding unhealthy habits such as smoking and excess drinking. Your body needs to be healthy in order to get through the surgical and post-surgical processes. Plus, an unhealthy lifestyle will cause you to age faster, gain weight back, etc., which renders your cosmetic procedures less effective.
  4. Am I doing this for myself? There is only one person who should be asking, requesting, or suggesting Cosmetic Surgery to you – and that is your own inner voice! You should never undergo any cosmetic surgical procedure to make someone else happy, or to fit someone else’s ideal of what is attractive. You are the only person who should have a say in how your body looks.
  5. Who do I want to look like? If a celebrity, a best friend, or any other person is the first example to pops into your head, you should re-think things for a while. Your body is uniquely your own. While a plastic surgeon can perform certain procedures to enhance the body and facial shape you have, they cannot be used to transform your body completely. You can never have a body or face exactly like someone else’s. However, you can have the best version of your own body, and Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj looks forward to assisting you with that transformation.
  6. Do I have realistic expectations about the outcome? Just as we mentioned above, your body comes with its own set of “ideal blueprints” that are unique to you. It has provided you with a skeletal and muscular structure that is already in place. We can’t make your bones and muscles become 30 years younger, and we can’t completely change everything about you. Take the time to look at our Before and After Cosmetic Surgery Pictures during your consultation so you can gain a realistic vision of how your face and body will be different, and how some aspects will remain the same.
  7. Am I trying to save a relationship? Every once in a while, we have patients who consult with us because they are about to lose someone they love, and are desperate to improve their exterior appearance in the hopes that it will save the relationship. This is the wrong reason to make permanent changes to your physical self. You should only move forward with Cosmetic Surgery if and when you are sure, you are ready to make changes for your own benefit.

Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj prioritizes the health and well-being of his patients. He is only interested in performing Cosmetic Surgery on patients who look in the mirror and see concrete physical aspects of themselves that they would like to change. Your emotional and physical well being are intrinsically connected and we hope that our services will work to integrate both. 

The Importance of Holistic Health on Cosmetic Surgery Success

While it’s easy to view your body one part at a time, it’s important to remember that each part is intricately connected to the whole. Your holistic health will have a direct impact on the recovery time and the outcome of your upcoming Cosmetic Surgery. Emotional well-being, lifestyle choices and nutrition all play a role in a complication-free procedure, quick recovery, and minimal scarring – all of which are important to achieve the vibrant and youthful glow you desire.

Here are tips on how to look and feel your best before, during, and after your Cosmetic Surgery.

  1. Have a positive attitude. Physical appearance can be enhanced using cosmetic procedures, but a radiant inner glow is something onlyyou have control over. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people, and be grateful for the simple things in life. Keep your chin up through the recovery process. Don’t feel like whiling away the recovery time at home? Some of our patients use this opportunity to relax in a New York hotel, pampering themselves with room service all week long!
  2. Make smart lifestyle choices. If you smoke, it’s imperative that you quit for the two weeks before and after your surgery. Smoking inhibits circulation, which is key to a healthy surgery and recovery. Smoking immediately after surgery can cause the tissue around your incisions to die, which will noticeably effect the outcome. Alcohol is a blood thinner, so limiting your alcohol consumption will help your blood to clot normally, reducing the chance of complications.
  3. Avoid vitamin E and ibuprofen. Vitamin E and ibuprofen are also blood thinners, which makes it difficult to stem the flow of blood when the doctor is making incisions.
  4. Take Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a wonder supplement; it boost the immune system and reduces swelling and bruising. It is a powerful antioxidant, inhibits cancer growth, and has additional anti-aging benefits. We recommend that our clients take 3000 mg per day. These should be divided into three 1000 mg. doses, taken morning, afternoon, and night. While you can use it for the period before and after your surgery, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t become a regular part of your dietary supplementation. Vitamin C is water soluble, so your body eliminates what you don’t need.
  5. Homeopathic Arnica. Arnica is a plant in the sunflower family. One of the species. Arnica montana contains a chemical called helenalin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory, especially adept at reducing the effects of bruising. Arnica has been used as a homeopathic remedy since the 1500s. Your local health food store will have Arnica tablets in their homeopathic section. Homeopathic Arnica can also be purchased online. Take it orally, as directed, for the first two weeks or so after your cosmetic procedure to reduce swelling and minimize bruising.
  6. Eat a well-balanced diet. A well-balanced diet is always a good thing, but it’s especially important when your body is healing. For enhanced post-surgical benefits, focus on eating an anti-inflammatory diet, which will keep swelling and bruising in check, and will boost your immune system. Many of our clients find they maintain an anti-inflammatory diet long after their Cosmetic Surgery because it can also reduce food sensitivities, increase energy levels, and help to improve joint pain. Reduce your intake of processed foods and sugars, and focus on whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and lean proteins.

By taking a holistic approach to your health, you will have the energy and vitality to enjoy the benefits of your Cosmetic Surgery procedure. For more information about pre and post-operative care, or to learn more about your Cosmetic Surgery options, contact the office of Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj.

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