There are many reasons why one would have cosmetic surgery such as health reasons, accidents in which a deformity was incurred, self-esteem, reconstructive due to birth defects, burns, re-building a breast after surgery due to breast cancer, vanity or delaying effects of aging which was my reason. However, I have to say that if I did not have the young attitude and body that match a face and neck lift I would have not done it. In my case, I did not have a need to improve my self-image, in the sense of not being pleased with how I look. I believe self- image goes deeper than skin level.
The decision to have cosmetic surgery ultimately is very personal. Nevertheless, in order for cosmetic surgery to be successful besides choosing a good surgeon that, you feel comfortable with; you need to do it for the ‘right’ reasons and have realistic expectations.
It is important to be aware that aesthetic surgery will lead to improvement not perfection, that if you have emotional problems, or problems in your marriage for example…they will be there after you recover. Moreover, to choose to improve to satisfy others rather than yourself is not a good reason.
Once you choose your surgeon, it is important to have clear communication of your wants, concerns, fears and expectations. In my case I had several appointments with Dr. Nassif prior to my surgery, I went through a very complete medical clearance with my internist-cardiologist, I was sure I did not want my features or my facial expressions to change or look like totally stretched face that can hardly move. I was confident that it was not going to be my case. I had considered the idea to have plastic surgery to rejuvenate since 2002. It took me nine years to finally do it. Once I had decided, I did everything required to prepare myself for surgery. I followed Dr. Nassif’s instructions as well as preparing myself mentally with positive thinking and visualizations of a prompt recovery. By the time I went into the Surgery room I was totally comfortable and trustful of Dr. Nassif and Dr. Amron and their team. Loving family and friends as well surrounded me.