Is Plastic Surgery Right for You? Decision-Making Guide

Over the last few years, technology has changed the way we think and feel about the bodies we live in.

A key aspect of this has been how social media has changed attitudes to cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures. 

Some procedures are either reversible or fade over time, while with others (such as the facelifts offered by Dr. Jay Calvert Newport beach surgeon) the effects are more long-lasting and in some cases permanent. [1]

As surgeries of this type become more normalized, it’s important to understand what they involve.

Taking the time to do some research not only offers reassurance, it can also help you to make a more informed decision about any changes you make to your personal appearance.

Key Takeaways

  • Personal Motivation: Confirm that your choice for plastic surgery is self-driven, not influenced by external factors.
  • Research Thoroughly: Check surgeon credentials and understand procedure risks; avoid misleading social media promotions.
  • Cost Clarity & Realistic Expectations: Know the costs and have realistic views of the surgery’s impact on your life.

What’s Your Motivation?

Decide whether this is genuinely something you want for yourself. External influences from social media, peers, or even unhealthy partners can pressure us into doing things that may feel uncomfortable or unauthentic to who we are.

woman doing a plastic surgery exam

If you feel there may be underlying issues, such as mental or emotional issues like depression or body dysmorphia, seek advice from a qualified doctor or therapist so that you can make a decision you feel comfortable with.

Do Your Research

Make sure your surgeon is board-certified with the ABPS (American Board of Plastic Surgery), and seek references from people you know and trust. [2]

Ask for a consultation with your surgeon to discuss the details of the procedure and its cost. During this, you can ask about the following:

  • Their qualifications and experience
  • Complication rates and any potential risks involved
  • Before and after photographs of their work
  • The type of anesthetic they will use
  • Whether they have hospital privileges to perform
  • Where the procedure will be carried out
  • Who will be present, including other medical staff
  • Preparation and recovery before and after surgery

Be wary of social media: influencers are typically paid to advertise the services of surgeons without any guarantee as to how reliable or trustworthy they are. [3]

Also beware of anyone who rushes you into getting work done: if you don’t feel comfortable, it’s perfectly acceptable to go elsewhere.

Be Clear On the Cost

Before going for your consultation, check trusted resources like the ASPS website to find a rough idea of what your procedure will cost, but avoid “menu” style pricing. If in doubt, speak with your surgeon’s coordinator about prices and scheduling.

Be wary of cheap deals from under-qualified surgeons: this could be a sign of low-quality work.

Avoid healthcare credit offers (the initial 0% interest rates can jump quickly), and ask for a complete breakdown of fees in consultation, ideally in writing.

This should include budgeting for any potential “hidden” charges such as consultation costs and medical bills in case of emergency.  

Great Expectations

In some cases, there is a tendency to believe that once we change a certain aspect of our appearance, everything else (our work, our relationships) will fall into place.

woman holding her face from the plastic surgery

While cosmetic procedures can help boost confidence by changing your appearance, they can’t be expected to change your life. 

Unrealistic expectations about what the surgery is able to achieve can quickly lead to disappointment, but the more you know about what to expect and the more prepared you feel, the happier you’ll be with the results.


How do I know if plastic surgery is right for me?

Ensure your decision is self-motivated, considering personal desires rather than external pressures. Assess your emotional and mental readiness for the change.

What should I research before plastic surgery?

Research the surgeon’s qualifications, experience, and procedure risks. Be wary of social media endorsements and seek genuine references.

How can I manage my expectations for plastic surgery?

Understand that while surgery can enhance appearance, it’s not a solution for life’s other challenges. Have realistic expectations about the outcomes.


In conclusion, when considering plastic surgery, it’s crucial to ensure that the decision is driven by personal motivation, not external influences.

Thorough research into the surgeon’s credentials and a clear understanding of the procedure’s risks are essential.

Additionally, managing expectations realistically and being informed about the financial aspects are key to making a decision that aligns with your personal goals and well-being.


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3. Dollarhide M. Social Media: Definition, Effects, and List of Top Apps [Internet]. Investopedia. 2023. Available from:

About Olaf Bieschke

Olaf Bieschke is a senior year medical student from Charité University of Berlin in Germany. He has gained professional experience in various hospitals and offices in Germany, Belgium, France, Poland, Brazil and Spain. Currently working on a dr. med. title thesis in neurosurgery. Follow him on LINKEDIN AND FACEBOOK. Learn more about him HERE.

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