The goal of a good plastic surgeon is to create a look that the patient is happy with but is also subtle enough to not warrant unwanted attention.
If you get plastic surgery, and you’re happy with the results, and nobody can tell that you’ve had plastic surgery, then your surgeon has done a good job.
We’ve all heard the horror stories and seen the photos of people who have clearly had too much plastic surgery, or a bad plastic surgery job. It can be embarrassing to say the least, not to mention expensive and painful to have issues corrected by a more experienced surgeon.
If you do your due diligence, research, and ask the right questions, you should be able to find a reputable, experienced, and qualified plastic surgeon that can help you get the results you desire from plastic surgery.
But how much plastic surgery is too much plastic surgery? How do you know if you should slow down or if you should hold off on that procedure you have scheduled?
Most of that is going to be up to you. Everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to their looks and appearance. So, to say there’s an overall general rule of thumb to follow when considering more plastic surgery would be false, but there are some warning signs you can look out for if you think you’re becoming addicted to plastic surgery.
When Does Plastic Surgery Become a Problem?
In most cases, plastic surgery is a surgical procedure that people opt into. There are certain cases where plastic surgery may be required to repair damage after an injury or illness, but in most cases these procedures that we are talking about are based on personal preference. This can also be said about plastic surgery results or expectations.
What you may view as over-the-top, someone else may view as beautiful. However, when your overall health and wellness comes into play, sometimes too much plastic surgery can be a bad thing.
1. Addicted to Plastic Surgery
Addictive personalities can sometimes lead to a person going overboard with plastic surgery. They get their first procedure and are so amazed by the results that they start seeking out different areas of their body they can make better. After a while the amount of surgery you’ve had grows exponentially and it starts to wear on your wallet and your appearance.
It’s important to understand that your body can only handle so much trauma, and that after a while that trauma is going to become more noticeable to yourself and those around you, especially as you age.
Getting fillers or botox every once in a while, to appear younger is one thing, but having repeated invasive surgeries can soon become a problem.
2. Plastic Surgery Required to Fix Past Surgical Procedures
If you’ve gotten to the point where you need to consult with a different plastic surgeon to help fix years of plastic surgery procedures, that may be a sign that it’s time to slow down a bit.
Now we’re not talking about a one-off procedure that you had done that started to fail after a few years, we’re talking about years and years of multiple surgeries that are now turning against you as you age, or you no longer like as you get older.
Years of multiple different surgeries can produce unwanted effects over time and can lead to procedures that no longer look the way they did when you were younger. Plastic surgeons are fixing bad procedures or over-done procedures all the time, so if this sounds like you, it might be time to take a step back.
3. You No Longer Recognize Yourself
Everyone has their own reasons for wanting plastic surgery, but at the heart of it all is to make you feel better about yourself. Feeling insecure in your body can lead to mental health struggles, depression, and other unwanted feelings, so the use of plastic surgery to help you feel better about yourself can have an overall positive effect on other aspects of your life.
But if you get to the point where you look in the mirror and can’t even recognize, physically, the person looking back at you, it could be a problem.
4. Friends and Family Begin to Question It
As we’ve said before, plastic surgery should be a choice that you make on your own, it should be done for yourself, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take into consideration what others may say about you, especially those people closest to you.
If you start to notice that friends and family are making comments about your plastic surgery, or are showing concern with the amount of work you’re having done, it may be time to take a look at yourself.
If the people closest to you in your life are showing concern over what you’re doing to your body, don’t take it as an insult, take it as they are just looking out for you. They care about you and love you for who you are, not what the plastic surgery has made you into.
Sometimes it’s hard for us, from the inside, to truly see what’s going on, which is why an outside perspective can always be helpful.
5. Your Health is Degrading
This should be obvious, but if you start to notice your overall health degrading, and your doctors are advising you against any more plastic surgery, you should listen to them.
Most plastic surgery procedures are very safe to perform with little risk (as long as they are done by a skilled professional), but layering procedure on top of procedure can cause health issues in some cases.
Depending on the procedures you’re having done, foreign elements could be implanted, and subsequently rejected by your body, which can lead to more permanent issues down the road.
It’s always important to discuss everything with your doctor and listen to their advice. If they have been in the field for a while, there’s a good chance they’ve seen the bad side of plastic surgery on more than one occasion and will be able to warn you of the risks associated with whatever procedures you’re looking to have done.
They know more than you do. Listen to them.
Your health is the most important thing in this life, so making sure that you stay strong and healthy, both mentally and physically, is the main concern of your doctor, and should be your first priority.
Plastic surgery is a great way to enhance your appearance as well as improve you self-esteem and mental states, but moderation is always the key.
If you have any questions about plastic surgery, or issues with past plastic surgery that you would like corrected, please contact Dr. Adams Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX and setup a consultation today. We want to make sure you are the best version of yourself that you can be.