Can You Have Too Much Plastic Surgery?  | Biodermis

Can You Have Too Much Plastic Surgery? |

As the old saying goes, “too much of anything isn’t a good thing.” This statement couldn’t be truer when it comes to plastic surgery. When considering a cosmetic surgical procedure, you really have to step back and weigh the pros and cons. For some people, having plastic surgery done can boost their self-esteem by improving their physical appearance. On the other hand, you have to consider the recovery and scarring process that will occur as a result. People also must consider that plastic surgery can be addictive. When a person gets compliments about their appearance after having a successful procedure, this causes a euphoric feeling that can leave us wanting more. Soon enough, a person will want to have more procedures done to chase the good feeling that comes along with them.

Continue reading to learn more about plastic surgery and why it may not be a good idea to get too many procedures.

How much plastic surgery do Americans get?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 17.7 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2018. While most of these are minimally invasive procedures, a good portion of these statistics include breast augmentations, breast lifts, liposuction, tummy tucks, and nose reshaping. Each year, the number of cosmetic procedures rises in the U.S. This leads us to ask, why are so many people opting for these surgeries? Social media, television, and other sources of digital media have a lot to do with it. Standards of beauty have changed over the years in the United States. Today, women favor a curvaceous form, and this is what is how women are often depicted in media. This new standard of beauty has produced no shortage of plastic surgeons that are willing to modify a woman’s features to satisfy the popular image.

Depending on the results of the cosmetic procedure, whether good or bad, a person may opt for more later on in life. A good outcome will lead to good feelings and this can produce the desire to continue making bodily changes. A bad outcome, on the other hand, can be reason enough for a person continue making cosmetic changes until they are satisfied with their appearance. This latter scenario is the subject of the reality television series Botched, in which patients share their plastic surgery horror stories. While it is an uncommon occurrence for a cosmetic procedure to turn out horribly wrong, it is a possibility that increases each time a person visits her plastic surgeon.

Other risks to consider
Aside from plastic surgery mishaps and botched outcomes, there are other factors to consider before confirming your procedure date. As with any other surgical procedure, there are risks that come with cosmetic surgery. Surgery requires incisions that lead to open wounds. Wounds are vulnerable to infection that may require antibiotic treatment. Nerve damage is another possibility that comes with surgery. A woman who elects to undergo a breast procedure, for instance, may lose sensation around the areola depending on the incision type made by the surgeon. One aspect of surgery that is inevitable is the scarring that occurs as a result. Scars, especially hypertrophic and keloid scars can be difficult to manage. And without the proper care and maintenance, patients can often become discouraged by the amount of scar tissue they develop post-surgery.

When considering how much plastic surgery is too much, it’s really up to the individual to decide when enough is enough. It’s a good idea to do your research and pick a surgeon who is highly qualified to help you reach the cosmetic goal you desire. If you do opt for multiple cosmetic surgeries, most doctors will recommend waiting 6 to 12 weeks in between procedures to give your body time to recover. If you find that plastic surgery isn’t right for you, there are numerous minimally-invasive and non-invasive procedures to choose from that can help you achieve your desired look.

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