Before you book a cosmetic procedure, consider how it might make you feel afterward. It’s possible that you already feel good about yourself, but you’d like to change something about your appearance and will feel even better afterward. Or you may want to change something about your looks that has hurt your self-esteem. It may take time to feel better about yourself, but you will over time. Keep in mind, cosmetic surgery can’t change how others feel about you. Your friends and family may love your new look, but you can’t expect them to. Remember, you’re not changing your appearance for them (and if you are, you may want to reconsider).
Sometimes it’s best to get counseling before having a procedure done. Here are the circumstances in which this may be the best approach: you’re coping with a divorce, job loss or death of a loved one; you need to feel young again; or you believe that if a minor defect is fixed, your life will be perfect. Know your goal—and tell your cosmetic surgeon what it is before having a procedure. If what you’re trying to accomplish is not reasonable, you won’t be happy with the outcome. But if you have clear and reasonable goals, cosmetic surgery can be an exciting and life-changing experience.