Cosmetic surgery is about the mind as well as the body. There are good reasons women describe their breast enhancement as a “total” transformation, but patients also should be aware of the dangers of scheduling surgery without first carefully considering their motivations. As a surgeon performing breast enhancements like breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction on Long Island, I have learned to recognize some “red flags” that suggest motivations that can sabotage a patient’s breast enhancement experience by hindering recovery and preventing them from enjoying their results.
Outside Motivations and Self Doubt
When you think about your surgery, do you dwell exclusively on the ways it will satisfy other people? A good candidate for breast enhancement on Long Island is someone who is assured in her identity and capabilities, and not someone who chooses surgery because of someone else’s demands or to validate herself in someone else’s eyes.
It’s one thing to be able to say, “This is my decision, and I am enjoying its benefits in the clothes I can wear and the ways people see me.” It’s something else entirely to think you can enjoy the results of a procedure when other people’s views and validations dictate all of your expectations.
Own Your Own Happiness and Trust Your Surgeon
Breast surgery is an important choice, so it’s normal to be a little anxious, but some patients have such controlling fear that they have trouble trusting anyone – even their doctor. A passive approach to surgery can be dangerous because it interferes with your healing process as well as your satisfaction with the procedure as a whole. A patient who chooses to own her body is also choosing to own her results, and allow herself to enjoy the full benefits of that choice.
New Look, New Body, New You
A better body image can contribute to a positive outlook and reinforce healthy thoughts and actions, but good candidates base their decision in clear expectations and a reasonable, healthy understanding of who they are.
If you struggle often with these kinds of issues, a short therapy session may help you clarify your needs and address the underlying habits of thinking and feeling that could prevent you from enjoying the full scope of benefits of your breast enhancement surgery.
Even if a patient hasn’t traditionally struggled in these areas, I always encourage every breast enhancement candidate to think through the following questions:
- What are your expectations? Are they realistic?
- Who wants this surgery? Why do you want it?
- Do you understand completely what the procedure and recovery involve?
It’s worth it for many cosmetic surgery patients on Long Island to spend time carefully considering their motivations to gain a long-term perspective and really understand what benefits they are seeking with their choice. The time and thought you put in before deciding on a procedure can translate directly into a smoother process and more satisfying results.