Thursday, August 4, 2011

Plastic Surgery: Pros & Cons

For many people, the decision of whether or not to get plastic surgery can be a very difficult one to make. There are a number of different factors to consider. Many of your questions about plastic surgery, and breast augmentation procedures in particular, can be answered at websites like In the meantime however, here is a brief look at some of the typical pros and cons of plastic surgery that a lot of patients consider.


Appearance: This is the most obvious of the positive aspects of plastic surgery or breast augmentation. You may be unhappy with the way you currently look, you may be concerned about ageing, or you may have had a difficult injury or illness that left you physically scarred. Whatever the reason, it is generally true that plastic surgery can improve specific aspects of a person’s appearance, which for some is an invaluable positive.

Self-Esteem: This is basically a result of the idea above about improving appearances. However, it is important to consider the psychological impact of making yourself more beautiful as its own unique “pro.” Having a positive view of oneself can drastically change one’s life for the better.

Safety: Fortunately, as the world of medicine continues to advance and improve, procedures in the field of plastic surgery keep getting safer. There is less and less chance of infection or general mishaps every moment that surgical procedures improve.


Scarring: Unfortunately, as is true of just about any surgery, it is generally impossible to completely avoid scarring. This may not be a big deal to you, but if you do not like the look of scars, or if you do not want anyone to know about your surgery, you may prefer to avoid the surgery to begin with so as not to be left with scarring.

Public Opinion: To some, the outlook of the general public, or even of friends and family, can be a huge factor in this decision. While the decision of course rests with you, you may find it difficult to get over negative stigmas about plastic surgery. If you feel that you will struggle with this, you may want to spend some extra time before making your decision.

Health Risks: As noted above, surgical procedures are constantly becoming more and more safe. However, any time that someone is cutting into your body there is always at least a slight risk of infection or injury. In addition, surgeries such as breast augmentation can affect you in the future; for example, the presence of breast implants can complicate mammograms, which can keep you from receiving adequate checkups.

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