With the growing normalization of cosmetic plastic surgery, more of us may be considering the possibility of cosmetic alterations. We see so many patients emerge from their plastic surgery experience with an increased sense of self-confidence, but it’s important to remember that plastic surgery is permanent, and a significant financial investment. Experts agree on two schools of thought that typically lead a patient to choose cosmetic surgery. Explore these ideas with us and learn where on the spectrum you fall––and if plastic surgery really is right for you.
Analytic vs. Holistic Thinking
After a series of studies, experts examining the effects of cosmetic surgery typically sorted their subjects into two groups: analytical thinkers and holistic thinkers. Analytical thinkers were more likely to focus on a single concern––for example, rhinoplasty to target insecurities specifically related to their nose––and consider specific “before and after” outcomes.
On the other hand, holistic thinkers tend to consider their entire appearance and overall aesthetic goals before making their choice.
Analytic thinkers, and those otherwise more focused on a particular feature or concern, proved more likely to go through with cosmetic surgery to correct or improve that feature. Of course, it’s important to consider the holistic perspective, as well, and think about how you will continue to view your cosmetic procedure years in the future.
Goals vs. Expectations
It’s likely that these singularly focused analytical thinkers were more prone to choosing plastic surgery because their goals were clear, and could reasonably be met and satisfied by a surgeon. No matter what your thought process is while considering plastic surgery, it’s important to remember that the goal of any cosmetic surgery is to increase your self-confidence by making you feel like your best self. Plastic surgery is all about small adjustments, as the basic structure of your features can only be altered in small amounts.
Because of this, it’s important that you have a clear goal for your results, and discuss with your surgeon whether or not these are accurate expectations. We recommend consulting with your surgeon, even while you’re still in the decision-making process, to ensure that your goals are reasonable and can be achieved with the procedure you have in mind.
Consider the Demands of Recovery
A consultation with your surgeon will also help to make you aware of the timetable and demands of plastic surgery recovery. Physical activity often must be halted for several weeks, and it can take up to a full year to see true results with many procedures.
If you’re ready to set up a consultation to discuss the possibility of plastic surgery with an experienced professional, contact Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery today! We offer a complimentary consultation, with both virtual and in-office options in our Alpharetta office. Contact us via phone at 770-667-3090 or request a consultation online.