Advantages & Disadvantages of Cosmetic Surgery

*Guest Contribution by Brigitte Evans

It seems that wherever we look, there are talks of altering our bodies to fit a certain image through plastic surgery. Whether it’s the newest celebrity update or someone from our neighborhood, there’s always some talk around cosmetic surgery. But it’s not all about looking more like your favorite celebrity: cosmetic surgery is complex and has a lot of different angles, so let’s explore some of them and consider the big picture of cosmetic surgery:

Instant Results:

One big reason why people turn to cosmetic surgery is because it gives results instantly. Yes, in some cases you need to wait a little bit for the swelling and bruising of the skin to go down before you clearly see the results, but that is nothing compared to other methods and slow treatments that can take years to give results. So if you know that you need to see your results soon, then this is a good way to get there.

Not thinking it through:

As cosmetic surgery slowly starts being more and more common, people are opting into it a lot more easily. Perhaps because they have heard someone else did it, or they think that it is like a magic want for the perfect body, they go into it blindly, without being sure that (often irreversible) surgery is the right thing for them. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, make sure you do your research. Find out what the different methods are that you can use to achieve the effect you want and the clinics near you. Book a consultation with a clinic you want to work with and talk about all the options and procedures.

Medical Benefits:

Not all cosmetic surgery is about looking good. And while even the more aesthetically oriented procedures can have great benefits for someone’s mental health, by boosting confidence and helping with self-image, many of them can have benefits for physical health. Rhinoplasty can be done to help people breathe more easily while breast reduction can relieve pain in the back and shoulders and allow easier movement. A lot of people tend to think that cosmetic surgery is purely superficial, but many procedures can have real effects on the quality of people’s lives, allowing them to live more comfortably in their own skin.

Unrealistic Expectations:

All too often, people come to surgeons with pictures of different celebrities and ask to make them look exactly like them. But you are yourself, and you can’t just get a nose job and look like your favorite movie star. If people come in with unrealistic expectations, they are going to walk out disappointed, because cosmetic surgery isn’t magic, no matter how much we want to think it is. Your best course of action is to schedule a consultation with a surgeon and tell them which features you’d like to change. Then they can give you their opinion on what the best way to do that is and whether something you want just won’t look as good on your face as it does on someone else’s.

It hurts less than you think:

Some surgeries really do break your bones and stitch them together, and one would think that that is a very painful thing to go through. It might have been in the past, but in recent years, thanks to the evolution of medicine, you will feel pain only for about 24 hours after the surgery, but it can be regulated with medication.

Yes, you might feel some discomfort in the following days, and it takes some time to adjust to your new features, but it won’t be as painful, so you can rest easy.We are lucky that medicine and the beauty industry are progressing so much that we have the opportunity to really look exactly how we want and live our best lives.

If you are considering cosmetic surgery, hopefully you are now aware of everything that it can offer, and the things that you should keep in mind before you get swept up in all of the options and promises. It’s important that whatever you are doing, you are doing it because you want it, not because of any outside pressures and expectations.

About the Author: Brigitte Evans is a Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant and she currently writes for She writes amazing articles on aspects of beauty and lifestyle which you would highly enjoy and will get addicted to. You can write to her at