Summary: Sometimes, diet and exercise just aren’t enough to attain your desired look, no matter how much time and effort you put into them. Thanks to constant improvements in surgical techniques, along with a broader social acceptance of plastic surgery in general, more and more men and women are considering cosmetic procedures. There are a few things you can do to help meet your personal appearance goals through plastic surgery.

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Keep Realistic Expectations for Your Results

First and foremost, it’s important that you have realistic expectations going into any cosmetic procedure. While it can be a great idea to bring photos with you to your plastic surgery consultation to help communicate about the type of results you hope to see, keep in mind that everyone’s body is unique. It’s impossible to look exactly like someone from a photo, although choosing a person with a similar body type to yours can help you more easily visualize what a similar procedure might be able to offer you.

Pair Plastic Surgery with Healthy Living

Plastic surgery procedures like liposuction, tummy tucks and even breast enhancement deliver the best results when combined with a healthy lifestyle. For this reason, plan to reach your weight loss and fitness goals prior to opting for plastic surgery, keeping in mind that cosmetic procedures are about refining your look, not helping you lose weight or get in shape.

It’s also important to remain committed to keeping up those good habits after your procedure for the best long-term outcome. Significant weight fluctuations will always have an impact on your appearance, and this is true even for those who have had plastic surgery.

Use Plastic Surgery to Enhance Your Natural Assets

On a related note, cosmetic surgery should be thought of as a way to enhance your natural assets rather than a way to dramatically change your appearance. A board-certified plastic surgeon should highlight your best features as the primary goal, and always keep an eye toward complementing your face and figure in a proportionate, flattering way. Think of cosmetic surgery as a way to enhance your appearance instead of “fixing” an aspect of your appearance.

Additionally, keep in mind that there will always be limitations on what can be achieved through plastic surgery due to certain aspects of your natural anatomy. For example, the best breast implant size for you is partially determined by your breast base width; implants that are too large for your breast base width can lead to problems like bottoming out.

Studies have found that plastic surgery procedures can offer an improved quality of life, although the people with the highest post-op satisfaction rates are those who have realistic expectations ahead of time. When thinking about what your personal ideal might look like, remind yourself that the goal of cosmetic surgery isn’t to look perfect or like someone else, but rather to bring out the best in your own unique features.

Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

You should always feel comfortable asking questions and discussing your individual goals with your plastic surgeon in order to get the most of your procedure, and you should never feel pressured into getting procedures you don’t want. When choosing a plastic surgeon, make sure they clearly communicate with you in a supportive way about how you can meet your cosmetic goals with the help of plastic surgery.