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Cosmetic surgery can help you to look better and feel better. Before pursuing plastic surgery it is important to understand the risks and benefits that are involved.

As with any surgery, surgical site infection and excessive bleeding are risk factors; as is dissatisfaction with the surgery. It is also important to know that you will see improvement, but you won’t achieve perfection. Cosmetic surgery often improves a person’s self-esteem but if there is an underlying mental health condition, such as depression, cosmetic surgery may not be the answer. Further, in many cases, cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery is not generally covered by health insurance plans. Plastic surgery can cost a considerable amount; some procedure may come with a price tag of thousands of dollars. It also may take weeks or months to recover from cosmetic surgery.

When deciding to go ahead with cosmetic surgery, it’s important to choose a cosmetic surgeon that specializes in the procedure that you want to have performed, such as face lift, tummy tuck or liposuction. You should look for cosmetic surgeons that are certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties, American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Be certain that the operating facility is accredited by a state or national accrediting agency, especially if your procedure is calling for general anesthesia. Seek referrals from people you trust, such as friends, family members or your primary care physician.

Once you have narrowed down your selection of Brentwood, CA plastic surgeons, schedule a consultation meeting. During the consultation meeting ask the surgeon questions such as whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure and discuss any possible complications or risks that are relevant. The more in-tune you and your cosmetic surgeon are with the goals and results of your cosmetic surgery, the more likely you will be satisfied with the outcome.