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2018-10-10

World Mental Health Day: Are you ready for cosmetic surgery?

In support of World Mental Health Day

We read so much about preparing for cosmetic surgery physically, but what about the tribulations you go through mentally? If you are having a hard time with nerves, worry, doubt, and lots of other emotions- breathe. You are not alone.

We guide you through some tips in making sure you’re mentally ready for cosmetic surgery.

1. Have you been thinking about cosmetic surgery for a long time?

Choosing to have cosmetic surgery will be one of the biggest decisions of your life. Whether it’s your boobs, nose, or tummy in question- you are making a permanent decision which can’t be reversed. It’s important you think long and hard about the options you have open to you and don’t ever feel pressured to make a snap choice. There is no minimum thinking time, but whether it’s taken 9 years or 9 months to reach your decision- don’t ignore any doubts telling you otherwise. You’ve only got one body, and it’s yours to do with what you like. Don’t forget that.

2. Are you doing it for the right reasons?

Having surgery will change how you look physically- but it will also impact you mentally and how you feel about yourself. With every decision to have surgery, there is a story behind it. What’s yours? Consider your own reasons, and if going under the knife will impact your life in a positive way. Have you always wanted bigger boobs, or are there deep-seated reasons as to why you want them done? Have you been bullied, or is someone close to you encouraging you to have surgery? Sometimes there is a root cause that needs to be addressed first. As a responsible cosmetic surgery provider, we want to make sure you are doing it for you, and only you.

3. Have you got support from your friends and family?

Talking to people you love and can confide in helps when you’re preparing for surgery but trust us when we say it’s OK to tell nobody. If you want to go through your journey alone, that’s fine (and normal!). Always know that you’ll have the support of our surgeons, nurses and advisors if you should ever need to lend an ear. Our staff members have a duty of care to our patients- this means that if you confide in us and ask for our help, we will provide it to you without judgment or question. We believe in an open-door policy, so come on in.

4. What’s going on in your life right now?

Consider what is going on in your life. Are you under any stress, or has your life changed drastically and you feel cosmetic surgery will make you feel more like you or normal again? Giving birth, breaking up with a partner, or battling an illness are just some of the scenarios in which you need to give yourself time before making any decisions about surgery. Accept and make peace in different ways, and if you still want to go ahead with surgery, then you know it’s time to revisit the idea.

5. Are your expectations realistic?

Although having cosmetic surgery may have an impact on how you feel about yourself, you should not expect everything to fall into place afterwards. For example, you might want bigger boobs because you feel self-conscious about them, but in reality- having a boob job is not a direct ticket to body confidence and should not be treated as such. Your results will be unique to you, and it’s important you prepare yourself for surgery knowing that there are risks and other factors involved.

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If you have any questions about mental health and how your cosmetic surgery journey may be affected by it, talk to one of our friendly advisors today by calling 0330 053 9115. 

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