How Easy is it to Get Cosmetic Surgery?

Summary: How easy is it to get cosmetic surgery? After all, it shouldn’t be too easy, right? Most plastic and cosmetic surgeons try to ensure that their patients are adequately vetted–both physically and emotionally–before undergoing any procedure. Is that also true for cosmetic procedures? Even the non invasive ones?

Just How Easy is it to Get Cosmetic Surgery?

Getting plastic surgery is supposed to be a difficult and slow process. It’s supposed to give you time to think. So how easy is it to get cosmetic surgery, to undergo those non-invasive cosmetic procedures? That’s a valid question, because we all acknowledge that it shouldn’t be too easy. There should be some safeguards in place to ensure that patients aren’t rushing into any procedures.

But many non invasive cosmetic procedures will yield only temporary results, making them much more tempting as a kind of “test drive” for bigger procedures. If you aren’t sure about your surgical rhinoplasty, you might test the waters first with a non surgical nose job.

And that kind of “test drive” can be good for both patients and surgeons. At the same time, there’s a sense that cosmetic surgery is devoid of all consequences, and that certainly isn’t true. Even non invasive cosmetic procedures can have a lifelong impact or product unwanted complications. That’s why it’s essential that you speak with your surgeon about all of your options and the best way to proceed to achieve your desired results. How easy is it to get cosmetic surgery? It’s pretty easy–but it shouldn’t be too easy.

The Ease of Injectables

The most common non invasive cosmetic procedures are, hands down, injectables. So they’re a good case study when examining this question of ease. To a certain extent, it’s relatively easy for qualified patients to undergo an injectable procedure. The process goes something like this:

  • You call your medical spa or cosmetic surgery clinic to make an appointment.
  • You begin with a consultation, during which you provide all the necessary medical history that the medical spa or cosmetic surgeon asks for. This is also your chance to ask any questions you might have about the injectable.
  • The procedure begins–usually immediately following the consultation. The entire injection process usually takes something like fifteen minutes; sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less.
  • Once the injections are complete, you’ll be given some recovery instructions and allowed to return home. It’s very important, as with any procedure, that you follow your recovery instructions as closely as possible.

Overall, the entire process is relatively easy. There’s a reason, after all, that injections are often referred to as a “lunch hour facelift.” But you shouldn’t confuse the simplicity of the process with any kind of carelessness. (Indeed, if you get the vibe that your cosmetic surgeon or medical spa professional is behaving carelessly, you should probably find a new surgeon.)

In other words, just because the procedure is over quickly does not mean that it is easy to perform, so you should always work with highly trained and well experienced surgeons and medical professionals.

Non Injectable Procedures

Injectables, from the patient’s point of view, are just about the easiest procedures you could ever undergo. But what about other non invasive procedure–the ones that aren’t injections? They’re still relatively accessible. Some will cut into your day for a bit, while others won’t. Let’s look at a couple of examples:

  • Coolsculpting will typically require at least half a day to perform. Most Coolsculpting sessions will last at least a couple of hours (it really depends on the size of the treated area), and patients are often instructed to bring something to amuse them during that time (a book, for example). Many patients are also encouraged to take it easy for the rest of the day after the procedure, just to give their bodies a little extra time to rest and recover.
  • Microneedling is a procedure that can help rejuvenate the skin by creating many tiny, nearly microscopic, pokes in the skin. This can leave the skin looking red and splotchy. So the procedure itself takes roughly an hour–and recovery can sometimes 1-3 days due to that redness.

So not every procedure is as “in-and-out” as injectables are. The levels of inconvenience and discomfort will vary from procedure to procedure, and that’s definitely something you should speak to your surgeon about along the way.

How easy is it to get cosmetic surgery? Well, there’s going to be a process for everything (at least, there should be a process for every procedure). That process will likely change, at least a little, from surgeon to surgeon and medspa to medspa. So it’s not so much whether it’s easy to get this procedure or that one, but whether the process does everything it’s supposed to.

If you have questions about how your desire procedure works, the best place to find individualized answers is from a highly qualified cosmetic or plastic surgeon.

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