Plastic Surgeons: 5 Guidelines You Should Remember

Plastic surgery may focus on superficial changes, but that doesn't mean it's a decision you should make lightly. Once it's done, it's done—and it will cost a fortune to reverse, if the surgery you choose is reversible at all.

Here are 5 guidelines you need to know before you go anywhere near a plastic surgeon's office:

1. Your current state of health

Your current state of health can have a huge impact on how your body reacts to, and recovers from, plastic surgery. Certain health conditions may preclude you from being able to get certain procedures, or even from being getting plastic surgery at all.

General health is also key to a quick recovery. Plastic surgery is still surgery, and it will wear your body down. If you're in top form when the procedure happens, it won't hit your body as hard.

If you haven't visited your general practitioner recently, make sure you visit them before you select a plastic surgeon. They should also be informed of any procedures you have.

2. The specific procedure you want and what it entails

Chances are you already know the name of what you want, but you also need to learn what the procedure entails. You need to know how long the actual surgery will take, how long the recovery period is, and how to properly take care of your newly enhanced body. You should also have at least a general idea of the actual process.

There are two good reasons to know all of this. First, it helps you prepare for both the surgery and the recovery period. Second, knowing the procedure means you can test the doctor's knowledge. Plastic surgery in Canada is heavily regulated, but there are still unscrupulous professionals out there, and asking questions you already know the answer to is a great way to get a feel for your doctor.

3. What you're hoping to gain

Obviously you want to enhance a specific aspect of your body, but what else do you hope to gain from your surgery?

Many women are disappointed after their plastic surgeries because they expected it to completely change their lives. This often leads them to get more plastic surgeries, chasing something they can't actually achieve with surgery.

Plastic surgery will improve your looks. It will likely boost your self esteem. You might find yourself getting hit on a little more often. But it won't completely change your life—you have to get a lot more than plastic surgery for that.

4. How much it costs

You can't know the specific price until you've chosen a plastic surgeon, but a few Google searches can give you a rough idea of what the procedure you've chosen usually costs.

Many surgeons now also offer a free consultation and estimate service. This allows you to know exactly how much it will cost going in, and it also gives you a chance to feel out the office and potentially the actual doctor.

You should always budget some extra money for dealing with immediate complications—although the doctor should have insurance that will pay you back—and for the recovery time you'll need afterwards.

5. Where your scars will be and if you can hide them

Unless your plastic surgeon is a miracle worker, you're going to have at least one scar from your plastic surgery. A good doctor will ensure that it's a small scar, but you're still going to have one.

Take a look at before and after images of people who have already gone through the surgery you're considering. See how big the scars are, where they're positioned, and how plausible it is to hide them. Look for immediately-after-recovery photos that actually show the scars.

You can also find many tips for hiding your plastic surgeries on various blogs, both from plastic surgeons and from people who have gone through the procedures.