Summary: Plastic surgery can do wonderful things. And the results can make you look and feel great. So if such great things come out of plastic surgery, why should you ever stop? Why not just keep getting plastic surgery? Well, it turns out that things are a bit more complicated than that—and so the question arises, when should you stop getting plastic surgery? As always, the answer will depend on you.
Finding Out: When Should You Stop Getting Plastic Surgery?
There is a plastic surgery procedure for everything, isn’t there? You could get your nose fixed, the wrinkles taken off your face, and the extra fat taken off your belly and still find something to fix or tweak. At least, that’s the popular idea. But when should you stop getting plastic surgery? When should you be done?
For most plastic surgery patients, this isn’t really a valid question. And here’s why: according to a survey done by RealSelf.com, most plastic surgery patients are attempting to solve only one issue. In other words, most people are pretty happy with the way they look and really only want to change one thing.
Once that one thing is changed, people tend to be pretty happy. At least, for a while. That’s why it’s useful talking about when you should stop getting plastic surgery, even if that seems pretty obvious to some of you out there.
Stop Getting Plastic Surgery When You Meet Your Goals
Perhaps the most obvious waypoint on your plastic surgery journey is the one you set for yourself. Most surgeons will, in fact, recommend that patients set goals for themselves on the outside. Those goals could look something like this:
- Rhinoplasty: I want a nose that is just a little bit smaller; or, I want a nose that harmonizes with the rest of my face
- Liposuction: I want to eliminate the equivalent of ten pounds of fat; or, I want to fit into a size 8 again
- Tummy Tuck: I want to feel comfortable walking on the beach in a bikini; or, I want my belly to look more like it did before I had children
- Breast Augmentation: I want to increase my bust size by 10% (cup sizes are not a great measure of bust size); or, I want to make my breasts proportional to my hips
This list, could, of course, go on forever. The important thing is that you, as a patient, have goals when you go see your surgeon. To be sure, most patients already having goals. But being able to articulate those goals means that you’ll be in a good position to know how to feel when you see your results.
When you meet your goals, it might be time to consider stopping any further plastic surgery procedures. To be sure, your goals could encompass more than one procedure or they could be somewhat vague. You may even develop brand new goals. That’s totally fine. But having something to measure your success against is a good step for any endeavor.
Stop When Your Health is on the Line
This should go without saying, but it never hurts to actually articulate the point. Your health is more important than your results. Therefore, if your health is ever in jeopardy, it’s time to stop your plastic surgery immediately. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean a health emergency.
For example, getting your weekly Minneapolis skin rejuvenation is something that is not really advised if you’re pregnant. Until the moment of birth, pregnancy isn’t really a medical emergency, but it’s still something that should delay any cosmetic surgery plans you may have.
Most plastic surgery procedures require you to be in reliably good shape. In other words, you need to be healthy enough to endure surgery—and this becomes truer the more intense the procedure is. You need to be healthy enough for surgery!
Stop When You Get What You Want
There are going to be a few patients that go too far. That’s true with anything, I guess—it’s not just limited to plastic surgery. However, cases of “plastic surgery addiction” are quite rare (and are often indicative of other issues).
That said, it’s easy to see where people are coming from when they want to address multiple issues. And when you get great results with one procedure, it’s easy to see how plastic surgery could help you address other problem areas. There’s really no universally appropriate definition of when you should stop getting plastic surgery.
That’s why it’s so important for you to understand what you want to accomplish. Most patients use plastic surgery as a way to get closer to their “real” selves—to bridge the gap between their mental image of themselves and what the body really looks like.
That’s as good a place as any to start. Just remember that you should keep track of your goals. There’s nothing wrong with being happy about who you are as you are.