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Every year, the number of cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedures performed in America increases.  If you are interested in undergoing one of these procedures, it's important to carefully consider all factors to have the best results and experience. Here are 5 things you should think about before going under the knife: 


#1 Recovery and Healing Time 

Recovering from plastic surgery can be a relatively long process, both physically and emotionally. For some surgeries, results aren't immediate and there are several weeks of downtime. It's essential to have a good support system post-surgery to help with everyday tasks, kids, dogs, household chores, etc. 

Your body needs time to heal properly. Not having the downtime your body needs can prolong recovery and cause complications. So having this support in place before you undergo any surgeries can help the whole recovery process. 


#2 Your Surgeon 

When it comes to plastic surgery, one of the most important decisions you'll make is choosing a qualified and reputable surgeon. A Board-Certified plastic surgeon has undergone rigorous training and met certain standards in their field, which means they have the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to perform your procedure safely and effectively. Additionally, a credible and experienced surgeon will take the time to discuss your goals, answer your questions, and ensure that you fully understand the procedure and its potential risks and benefits. Choosing the right surgeon can make all the difference in the success of your procedure, so it's important to do your research and choose someone who is highly skilled and has a proven track record of success. 


Nowadays, various doctors, such as OB/GYNs, general surgeons, or other non-surgeon trained physicians, are performing cosmetic surgeries.  They often advertise that they are Board Certified, but that may be a board certification in a field that has nothing to do with surgery.  You need to ask! 


If your surgeon isn't board-certified in plastic surgery or doesn't specialize in the procedure you want to have, it is advisable to continue your search. Board Certified Plastic surgeons must complete 30 hours of continuing medical education annually to remain up-to-date with the latest practices and they also have other yearly requirements to demonstrate knowledge and safety in the field. Additionally, they must maintain their certification by keeping track of patient outcomes. Therefore, choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in the desired procedure is essential for ensuring a safe and successful surgery. 


#3 Set Realistic Expectations 

Before making any decisions about plastic surgery, take some time to reflect on why you're considering it. Are you unhappy with a certain aspect of your appearance? Are there underlying medical, social or psychological issues that are driving your desire for surgery? 


It's important to have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure. While plastic surgery can produce dramatic results, it's not a cure-all for every issue, and there are limitations to what can be achieved through surgery alone. 


It is essential to have realistic expectations when considering plastic surgery. Though the procedure can enhance your appearance and self-esteem, it cannot guarantee a better relationship, higher income, or improve overall satisfaction in life. However, if your goal is to address specific issues like loose skin on the stomach from weight loss or pregnancy, sagging jowls, or post-nursing breasts, chances are that you will be delighted with the outcome, provided you research thoroughly before making any decisions.  


It is crucial to discuss your goals and expectations with your surgeon to ensure that they align with your desired outcome. Setting realistic expectations and communicating them effectively with your surgeon can help you achieve satisfactory results and avoid unnecessary disappointment or frustration.  The surgeon should also have an honest discussion about what can and cannot be done.   


#4 Your Current State of Health 

All surgeries come with risks, and plastic surgery is no exception. Potential complications include infections, scarring, anesthesia risks, and more. You want to make sure you are as healthy as you can be before surgery to decrease your chances of any complications. It's also important to choose a qualified surgeon that operates in a facility that is safe with the appropriate equipment and support facilities. 


Make sure you understand all of the potential risks and complications associated with the specific procedure you're considering, and don't hesitate to ask your surgeon any questions you may have. 


#5 Your Finances 

Plastic surgery can be expensive, and it's important to budget accordingly. Consider not only the cost of the procedure itself, but also any additional expenses you may incur, such as time off work or recovery aids. 


If cost is a concern, look into financing options or payment plans that may be available to you. Just be sure to factor in the interest and fees associated with these options when making your decision. Here at our office, we offer CareCredit and Affirm financing. 



In conclusion, plastic surgery can be a great way to improve your appearance and boost your confidence, but it's important to approach it carefully and thoughtfully. By considering these 5 factors, you can make an informed decision that's right for you. 


If you are looking to schedule a consultation reach out to us at 713.275.9908 or schedule online here.


Ryan Couvillion, MD

Ryan Couvillion, MD

double board-certified plastic surgeon

Dr. Ryan Couvillion is an experienced Houston, TX plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic procedures for the breasts, body, face, and skin. A native Houstonian, Dr. Couvillion has been recognized for his passion and dedication to achieving the best possible results for his patients. His drive to pursue training in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery began at a young age, and he is honored to have been mentored by some of the nation’s most recognized surgeons.

For every aesthetic need, Dr. Couvillion incorporates a patient-centered approach with everyone he encounters and makes each client a part of the decision-making process. According to Dr. Couvillion, "The most gratifying part of my day is when I get to talk to a happy patient. It is such a privilege to care for my patients and give them the results they want."

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