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Get the inside scoop before you plan your cosmetic surgery

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With a $9 billion market, India ranks as the tenth-largest medical tourism hub worldwide at the moment. These days, a large portion of it is being increased by people travelling for cosmetic surgery. According to a research by Mordor Intelligence, the Indian cosmetics market is anticipated to increase at a cumulative yearly growth rate, or CAGR, of 4.23 percent between 2022 and 2023.
Cosmetic surgery involves procedures aimed at enhancing one’s appearance. While these surgeries can offer significant benefits, it’s essential to carefully weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. Understanding the risks, benefits, and necessary precautions is crucial for individuals considering cosmetic procedures. Here, we’ll explore the pros and cons of cosmetic surgery, along with important tips to consider.

Pros of Cosmetic Surgery:
1. Enhanced self-esteem : It can improve self-esteem and mental well-being by enhancing one’s appearance.

2. Correction of physical abnormalities : The procedures can fix physical deformities, improving both looks and function.

3. Rejuvenation effects : It can reverse signs of ageing for a younger look.

4. Improved body proportions : Breast augmentation or liposuction can improve body symmetry and proportions.

Cons of Cosmetic Surgery:
1. Risks and complications: It has risks like infection, scarring, complications from anesthesia, and dissatisfaction with results.

2. Financial burden: Cosmetic surgeries are costly and often not covered by insurance, limiting accessibility.

3. Unrealistic expectations: Cosmetic surgery patients may have unrealistic expectations, leading to disappointment if results fall short.

4. Recovery time and discomfort: Cosmetic surgery recovery can involve downtime and discomfort, affecting daily activities and lifestyle temporarily

Tips Before Planning Cosmetic Surgery:

1. Research thoroughly: Before undergoing any procedure, it’s important to educate yourself about the potential risks, benefits, and outcomes.

2. Choose a qualified surgeon: Check if your surgeon is board-certified, experienced, and has a good reputation.

3. Have realistic expectations: Discuss your goals and expectations with your surgeon to ensure they are achievable and realistic.

4. Understand the recovery process: Follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully for a smooth recovery.

(The author, Dr. Shireen Furtado, is a Sr. Consultant – Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology at Aster CMI Hospital.)
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