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Plastic Surgery: More Than Just a Notion

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There is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best; and for some, that can mean making changes in appearance through plastic surgery. The decision to have alterations done is not something you should take lightly. As with any surgery, there are positives and negatives associated with the procedures. Getting a clear picture of why you want to have plastic surgery can help with a more satisfactory outcome.

To Change, or Not to Change
Some individuals need plastic surgery to correct a defect or repair an injury. For example, surgical reconstruction of a cleft lip or palate is not necessarily a cosmetic enhancement decision. When the decision is a cosmetic elective, like breast augmentation, you want to be aware of the pros and cons of the surgery. Additionally, you need to be sure this is a change you want to make for yourself, not because of outside pressures.

Making a physical change to your body can be a move that boosts your self-confidence and helps you feel better about the skin you are in. That is, if this is a procedure that you have contemplated making for some time, and you have strong feelings about it for yourself. On the other hand, getting a procedure for the wrong reasons can have negative consequences in the long run.

Beauty is Only Skin Deep
That was a popular sentiment and song decades ago, but it still holds true today. Be honest with yourself about why you want to have plastic surgery. Are you “fixing” something you feel is flawed? Do you believe that this alteration will impress others? What is the underlying reason for the change – or is there one?

Certain changes, such as breast size or removing a hump in your nose, require surgery. There are other changes that could possibly be addressed through less invasive measures. For example, instead of opting for liposuction, a change of eating habits and a targeted exercise routine may produce the same results with less cost and more of a positive impact on your overall health. Of course, if that does not work, liposuction is still an option.

Weighing the Costs
With plastic surgery comes the costs of both time and money. Be sure to have a detailed conversation with your doctor about the risks involved in the surgery, and how much time you can expect to be out of commission. Some procedures may have a downtime of just a few days, while others could take weeks for you to recover sufficiently to return to normal activities.

Financial consideration needs to be taken into account as well. Plastic surgery is not inexpensive. Certain procedures can cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars. Keep in mind that health insurance seldom covers the cost of elective surgeries. You do not want the cost of your procedure to negatively impact your ability to stay on top of your other financial obligations.

The Bottom Line
Plastic surgery can change a life for the better. Before you make such an important decision, be sure to give it ample thought. Speak with others who have had the procedure you are considering. Have an honest conversation with your doctor about your desires for the procedure, and get a full understanding of the pros and cons.

Be sure to enlist the services of a fully qualified plastic surgeon who has expertise in the procedure you are seeking. Contact Dr. Khosh and schedule a consultation appointment for more information about your desire for plastic surgery.

Posted on behalf of Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS

Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue Suite 1BE,
New York, NY 10065
(212) 339-9988

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


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Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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