An invitation just arrived in your mailbox for your high school or college reunion. Or, your partner just proposed and you’re about to jump into wedding planning. One thing many people think about when they’ve got a milestone event coming up is having plastic surgery. For plenty of people, the idea of seeing old classmates again decades later can be a reminder that time has marched on and left its mark. Others think about their wedding photos and decide that the time is right for surgery that will correct areas they have disliked for years.
Whether you are considering a rejuvenating procedure such as a facelift or a procedure such as a rhinoplasty, there’s a lot to think about before you schedule your plastic surgery. Here’s what you need to know about cosmetic procedures before a big event.
Timing is Key
Timing is everything when it comes to plastic surgery. You need to allow enough time to prepare for the surgery and enough time to recuperate afterward.
One thing that people don’t consider when they are thinking about a procedure before a big event is that it does take some time before results are fully visible, even after the initial bruising and swelling have subsided. For that reason, it’s a good idea to schedule surgery for several months, if not a full year, before a major event in your life.
Giving yourself plenty of time before the event won’t only mean that there’s ample time for healing. It will also give you time to adjust to your new look or size. For example, it can take a few months after breast augmentation or breast reduction for the breasts to settle into their final size and position. Allowing enough time between the surgery and an event such as a wedding means you’ll have plenty of time to get your outfit properly fitted before the big day.
Ask Yourself Why You Want Surgery
If you’re thinking about pre-wedding or pre-school reunion plastic surgery, it can be worth the effort to check in with yourself and find out why you want surgery. Are you seeking a facelift to “show off” to your old classmates how well you’ve aged? Or are you doing it for yourself, because it will make you happy? Are you considering breast augmentation before your wedding to make your future spouse happy or is it something you’ve always wanted?
It’s important to make sure that you’re looking out for yourself when you’re considering any sort of cosmetic procedure. In the long run, the only person who needs to give their stamp of approval on your surgery is you. If you’re not doing it for yourself, you’re most likely not going to be happy with the results.
Non-Surgical Options Can Be a “Quick Fix”
Sometimes, you might not have months or a full year to get ready for a big event. Maybe you and your partner want to get hitched ASAP or your reunion crept up on you.
While surgery might not be an option if you’ve only got a few months before an event, there are some procedures that can provide a “quick,” temporary fix. For example, injectable fillers can help to minimize the appearance of wrinkles or lines. Fillers usually provide instant results and don’t have the lengthy recovery time associated with surgery. The results can last for several months and up to two years, depending on the type of filler used.
Other non-surgical procedures can provide some rejuvenating effects without the recovery time needed for surgery. Chemical peels and laser treatments help to improve skin’s texture and appearance. How long recovery takes depends on the depth of the peel or the intensity of the laser. Some provide subtle results with a very short recovery period. Others are more dramatic, but also have a substantial recovery time. The type of laser or chemical peel that’s right for you depends in part on your goals and in part on how much time you have before your event.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Plastic Surgery Before a Big Event
At the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. Masri Clinic offers surgery and non-surgical options such as laser treatments and injectable fillers at practice locations in Birmingham and Dearborn, Michigan. To schedule a consultation with the Masri Clinic, call (866) 487-3223.