Don’t we all want to feel comfortable in our own skin? Facial plastic surgery can help us achieve this goal by making minor cosmetic alterations to our facial features. But not always. If you are considering facial plastic surgery to help you feel more comfortable in your skin, it is important that you have realistic expectations. Read on to learn more.

How Plastic Surgery Can Help

In many cases, plastic surgery can help patients feel more comfortable and confident. A positive result from a procedure such as a nose job can have significant emotional benefits. In addition to improving breathing, correcting a drooping or bulbous nasal tip, or removing a bump, rhinoplasty can eliminate stress and increase self-esteem.

When Not to Have Plastic Surgery

With all the plastic surgery reality TV stars are having, it’s no wonder so many fans are gaining interest in aesthetic procedures. Kylie Jenner and Iggy Azalea, who have appeared in magazines such as Seventeen, are just two of the most obvious stars influencing reality TV viewers.

However, invasive plastic surgery procedures change the way you look forever, and there is no guarantee you’ll get a positive result. Therefore, if you’re relatively happy with the way you look, you shouldn’t chance it for a shot at “perfection.” Achieving a perfect face through plastic surgery isn’t possible, and in many cases, patients seeking perfection actually have a psychological disorder called body dysmorphia.

As a result, responsible facial plastic surgeons refuse to treat patients who have unrealistic expectations. Surgeons meet with patients to assess whether they will genuinely benefit from cosmetic surgery, or are just attempting to meet some unrealistic aesthetic ideal.

To be considered a good candidate for facial plastic surgery, you also must be in good overall health, not have any major medical conditions that would preclude you from having surgery, and not be a smoker (or be willing to give it up). To learn more about candidacy, schedule an appointment with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

Be cautious and thorough when selecting a surgeon to perform your plastic surgery. Look for a surgeon who has your best interests in mind. If a surgeon pushes you to have extra procedures that don’t interest you, walk away.

Your surgeon should be focused on quality care and safety. One way to assess this is to read testimonials and reviews from former patients. If possible, also talk to other patients that have received facial plastic surgery treatment from the surgeon(s) you are considering. It’s important that you choose a surgeon with happy former patients.

Also make sure that you and your surgeon have similar aesthetic taste. To find out if this is the case, look through the surgeon’s before and after photo gallery.

Your surgeon should also be board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). Surgeons with this certification have the most extensive training in facial plastic procedures.

In addition, your surgeon should have an extensive understanding of the various facial structures,

and the knowledge necessary to alter them as needed.

Make sure that the surgeon you choose has hospital privileges, which means that he or she has received approval from a hospital committee that evaluates the surgeon’s education, training, skills, and other pertinent factors. Surgeons with hospital privileges have been vetted and given a seal of approval by experienced medical professionals.

Another thing to look for in a surgeon is significant media exposure as well as Top Doctor honors from medical organizations and publications.

Also, be sure that your surgeon performs a significant number of facial plastic surgery procedures each month.

Last but not least, it is very important that your surgeon uses advanced equipment such endoscopes and 3D technology. State-of-the-art technologies and instrumentation help the surgeon achieve increased precision and beautiful results with less downtime.