When deciding to move forward with a plastic surgery procedure such as breast augmentation at our Washington, DC-area practice, it’s important to make sure you’re heading into the process with a clear and healthy mindset. Checking that your motivations are coming from a positive place helps set the stage for a smooth and rewarding plastic surgery experience complete with results you’ll genuinely love.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few questions you can ask yourself to confirm whether surgery is realistically the right choice for you at this time.
What is my main motivation for choosing surgery?
Whether you’re looking to restore your body, enhance your natural appearance, or correct a concern that makes you feel insecure, your choice should be purely about helping yourself live a more confident life. Take a moment to make sure you’re not doing this for any reason other than feeling strong in your own skin. Unhealthy motivations include pleasing someone else, saving a relationship, or striving to meet other outside expectations.
Am I prepared for recovery?
While new surgical techniques are making the recovery process shorter, you can still expect to have some downtime—how much depends on your particular surgery. Your recovery time may range from a day or 2 to a couple of weeks. Make sure you have a support system in place to help with childcare, transportation, and similar needs during this time. It’s also important to be sure you’re prepared to take the necessary time away from work to recover properly.
Can I afford this surgery?
Plastic surgery should be an exciting experience, not a stressful one. Having your financial bases covered and being realistic about your budget will allow you to head into the process with a confident and secure mindset. To learn about ways to save on procedures without compromising on safety, please see our previous blog post.
Do I know what I should look for in a surgeon?
Your decision to move forward with plastic surgery will likely be followed by lots of research into potential plastic surgeons and facilities. As you browse, make sure you’re looking for board-certified plastic surgeons with positive reviews and great before-and-after photos.
Will I feel more confident after my procedure?
This answer should be a resounding yes. If you’re having trouble deciding on a procedure, try visualizing yourself with your finished look. How do you feel? If the answer is vibrant, energized, and strong, it’s a good sign that surgery might be the right choice for you. Your next step is to book a consultation with a surgeon who will support you every step of the way. That’s where we come in.
To see examples of the results you can expect from the various procedures we offer, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to learn more about your plastic surgery options here in the Washington, DC, area, please contact us online or call (703) 560-2850 (Annandale, VA) or (301) 652-7700 (Chevy Chase, MD).