As a new year gets underway, you might find yourself seriously thinking about goals and resolutions for the upcoming twelve months. While you probably know the grim statistics about new year’s resolutions (most of them fail before January is over), it’s also worth pointing that some people do actually succeed after making a resolution.
If you’re making plastic surgery resolutions for the new year, it’s worth breaking down those resolutions into actionable steps. The more concrete your plans are, the more likely you are to see them through. If facial plastic surgery has been on your mind, here are five resolutions that can help you move closer to your goal.
1. Learn More About a Procedure
One plastic surgery resolution that’s not too difficult to accomplish is to resolve to find out as much as you can about a particular surgery. Whether you’re considering rhinoplasty, a facelift or another procedure, vow to get the full scoop on the surgery. You’ll want to find out what you can expect during and after the procedure and what sort of results you’ll see.
Knowing as much as you can about a particular surgery gives you the knowledge you need to either move forward or to pursue something else. For example, you might be thinking about a facelift, only to find out more about the extensive recovery process. If you’re not able to set aside a week or more for recovery at this point in time, you can start researching less invasive alternatives.
2. Talk to People Who’ve Had the Surgery
Another good resolution is to connect with people who have already had the surgery you’re considering. Many people who have had plastic surgery are willing to be open and honest. They want to help and share their experiences with others. You’ll find out a lot of “behind the scenes” information about certain procedures from people who have lived through them. Much of the information you’ll get from patients is stuff you won’t find on websites or hear from surgeons.
There are a few ways to connect with other patients. Online forums such as RealSelf give patients a chance to talk with each other openly. Some patients also write blog posts on the site detailing their experience. You can also look on Facebook or other social media platforms to connect with people who have had plastic surgery.
Don’t forget about meeting people in real life, too. A plastic surgeon might be able to connect you with past patients or there might be a group or club in your area for people who’ve had surgery.
3. Learn More About Your Financing Options
One challenge that people face when they’re thinking about plastic surgery is figuring out how to pay for it. Although you can definitely pay for your entire surgery in full, up front if you have the means, there are also plenty of other options out there to help make the cost a bit more manageable.
For example, medical financing programs such as Care Credit allow you to split up the cost of surgery into smaller monthly payments. Usually, plans are available with low or no interest rates. Other financing options include getting a personal loan from a bank or using a low-interest credit card to pay for the procedure.
4. Create a Timeline
Part of creating a resolution that succeeds is creating one that has a defined timeline. So it can be worth resolving to put together a plan for plastic surgery by a certain date. If you have an event coming up you want to look your best for, that can help you as you put together a schedule and timeline.
Things to consider when putting together your plastic surgery timeline include the time you need for preparation, such as meeting with a surgeon and past patients, time you need for the surgery itself and time you need for recovery. It’s better to include plenty of extra time as a cushion, as you might need more days or weeks to rest up and bounce back than you initially expected.
5. Schedule a Consultation
One last resolution to help you reach your plastic surgery goals in 2019: Schedule a consultation with a surgeon. A plastic surgeon can answer any lingering questions you have about a procedure, help you decide which surgery is really the best one for you and help you put together a plan and schedule that works for you.
In West Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Michael Schwartz is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with more than two decades of experience. He’s happy to answer any questions you have about facial plastic surgery and get you started on the path to succeeding when it comes to your plastic surgery resolutions. To learn more and to schedule a consultation, call 561-228-5888 today.