If you are considering cosmetic surgery, it is important that you carefully consider the answers to two questions. Why do I want surgery? What results do I expect from the surgery? Generally, the most satisfied patients are those that are content and well-adjusted, but are feeling self-conscious about a specific body part. If surgery would meet their expectations, and there is no hidden agenda to be addressed, this would be an ideal cosmetic candidate.   You must express exactly to your surgeon what changes you expect to see. The patient must be a good listener to hear not only the benefits described by the surgeon, but the risks. If your “plate is full” with work commitments, family obligations or personal crisis, don’t overload yourself by attempting to squeeze in an elective procedure. No surgery is “simple” and it requires adequate recovery time, both emotionally and physically.   Be prepared for the financial aspect of surgery, this should not add a burden to you or your family.

Patients who believe that cosmetic surgery will cause miraculous changes in relationships (personal or business) are not considered good candidates as these are unrealistic expectations. Those who obsess with a physical flaw, often one which no one else even notices, may tend to blame any other problems they have on that imperfection. Cosmetic surgery will not solve these problems or create a “perfect life”.