Can cosmetic surgery enhance outer beauty and increase self-confidence? Yes, absolutely! I’ve seen many patients transform and feel better about themselves after cosmetic surgery. It can enhance appearance (just look at the Kardashians), develop greater self-esteem, and reduce stress related to body image.
But wait, it surely isn’t for everyone.
As one of the few ND’s in Canada working within a cosmetic surgery clinic, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with patients. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, I hope you are aware of both the positive and negative aspects of going under the knife.
With the desire for a smaller waist, lifted eyes, or bigger breasts, there are potential complications and risks.
To help you make an informed decision, thoroughly research the clinic, the plastic surgeon and the procedure that your heart is set on.
Here’s what else you need to consider:
Have Realistic Expectations
Although cosmetic surgery is designed to correct imperfections, surgeons are not magicians, nor can they perform miracles.
Before you make a decision, ask yourself if your expectations are realistic.
At your initial consultation, speak to your surgeon openly and honestly about your desired outcome. Your surgeon will be happy to answer your questions and give you a sense of what to expect.
Practice Positive Self-Talk Daily
If positive self-talk is not part of your daily routine, I suggest you work on this before surgery. Nurture yourself with loving, positive thoughts every morning and let go of all negative self-chatter.
We have all been created with unique features and characteristics. Using the beauty of stars and celebrities to evaluate our own is unhealthy.
I’m constantly inspired by the surgeons that I work with who take into consideration a person’s motivation for surgery and their mental emotional well-being when they come for their initial consultation.
Your surgeon will likely ask you psychological questions at your first visit. If you are hoping cosmetic surgery will change your life, to your surprise, you may be turned away.
No need to feel offended if a surgeon turns you away as a patient – chances are, it’s in your best interest and they are simply looking out for you.
Be Prepared to Change Your Diet and Take Supplements
At our clinic, we provide patients with steps to take before and after surgery, which includes dietary changes and specific supplements to promote faster healing.
Psychological counselling, a healthy diet, acupuncture and lymphatic drainage massage may be part of your post-op plan.
Essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants are also necessary to support faster healing.
For at least two weeks prior to surgery, our patients are encouraged to get enough rest, stop all alcohol consumption, quit smoking, eliminate junk food, and perform a gentle cleanse.
My goal for all my patients is to reduce their healing time, strengthen their vitality, and prepare them mentally and physically before and after surgery.
I typically prescribe the following supplements pre-surgery:
- High Quality Multi-Vitamin
- Vitamin C
- B complex
Pain, scarring and swelling are reduced post-surgery by adding to the mix:
- Natural Digestive Enzymes
- The Homeopathic Medicine, Arnica Montana
A high protein diet with tons of dark green leafy vegetables, pineapple and carrot juice are also encouraged.
If you are convinced that getting plastic surgery will land you your dream job, improve your social life or help you find love, it’s likely you have unrealistic expectations and are setting yourself up for disappointment.
On the other hand, if you have done your research, recognize the negative and positive aspects of cosmetic surgery, and are doing it for yourself, I encourage you to take a look at our clinic’s website, www.elementstoronto.com.
Our holistic approach to cosmetic surgery is unique and innovative.