Making the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is highly personal. You may want to improve a physical feature you’ve never really been happy about, or it may be a time in your life when you want your outward appearance to match your inner feelings of youthfulness.
David Davila, DO, FACOS, of Houston Cosmetic Surgery Center in Houston, is a respected cosmetic surgeon who helps his patients fulfill uniquely personal goals and understand different cosmetic procedures, so you can make an informed decision in choosing the best cosmetic surgery for you. Here are some tips to remember when you decide you’d like to take a positive step toward your physical and emotional well-being.
REGARDLESS OF THE PROCEDURE, HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
Cosmetic procedures are meant to enhance or improve upon your own features. While the results from some types of cosmetic surgeries can be quite dramatic, such as a tummy tuck or breast augmentation, you’re still the same person. You may feel more confident in a bathing suit, or happier about the way you look in a pair of jeans, but, cosmetic surgery doesn’t give you “the perfect body.”
It can give you a flatter, more toned abdomen, perkier breasts, or fewer wrinkles. When you have realistic expectations, you’ll be happy with the results of the procedure you choose — especially when a highly experienced, well-educated cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Davila performs the operation.
BE OPEN TO DIFFERENT COSMETIC SURGICAL PROCEDURES
When you come to Houston Cosmetic Surgery Center for a consultation, Dr. Davila may recommend a procedure you hadn’t considered. After hearing your goals and learning your reasons for wanting a cosmetic procedure, Dr. Davila also takes your body type, shape, and overall health into consideration so he can recommend procedures that will help you achieve your personal goals. When you’re open to his suggestions, you may realize that a breast lift will produce the results you desire, even though you originally came to the office to learn about breast augmentation.
Or, if you’re unhappy with your love handles, ask Dr. Davila which procedure he recommends to help you get rid of those stubborn areas of fat. You may be surprised to learn that while you had your heart set on a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction may deliver more favorable results.
Additionally, if you’re unhappy with sagging skin or the outward signs of aging on your face, Dr. Davila helps you understand the difference between a full face-lift and a mini face-lift, so you know which procedure is best for addressing your concerns and restoring your youthful appearance.
UNDERSTAND THE PROCEDURE AND RECOVERY TIME
When it comes to cosmetic surgery, remember that your body needs time to heal afterward. Dr. Davila and the team at Houston Cosmetic Surgery Center explain the procedures you’re interested in, such as an arm lift or a Brazilian butt lift, and the anticipated downtime you may need for recovery. Ask yourself if you’re willing to take time off from work and leisure activities until your body heals enough to return to your usual lifestyle.
ASK YOURSELF WHY YOU WANT A PARTICULAR COSMETIC PROCEDURE
One of the best reasons for getting cosmetic surgery is because you want to do something positive for yourself. Ask yourself questions like:
- How long have I wanted to reshape my thighs, or enhance my derriere for a more shapely silhouette?
- Is a spouse or someone I love encouraging me to undergo cosmetic surgery to satisfy their desires?
- Do I understand that cosmetic surgery can give me more confidence by enhancing my own features, but won’t make me look like someone else?
Your underlying reasons for wanting a specific cosmetic procedure make a difference in your happiness and satisfaction afterward. Ultimately, you need to feel most comfortable and confident with your surgery, with realistic goals for the outcome.
If you’re considering cosmetic surgery, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to remain open-minded. Remember that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Dr. Davila listens to your goals and concerns and explains the procedures to you, so you can make an informed decision as to how and when to proceed.
Our compassionate, caring team is always ready to help. Give the surgery center a call to make an appointment for a consultation to take the first step toward achieving your personal goals.