What you should consider

When deciding if cosmetic surgery is right for you, consider the following:

Your expectations

The best plastic surgery patients are those who have realistic expectations. They realize that a surgical procedure will not restore broken relationships and will not solve other emotionally related problems.

Patients who are otherwise pleased with themselves but dislike a specific physical characteristic that is amenable to surgical correction tend to be good surgical candidates. Other good candidates are those with a physical defect or cosmetic flaw that has affected their confidence over time.

Time and expense

Do you need to take time away from work to recover from your procedure(s)? It is important to plan well to allow time to heal and achieve optimal results.

As most cosmetic surgeries are not covered by insurance, you will probably need to pay out-of-pocket for your procedure(s). Financing may also be available. To learn more about financing, call 216.444.4004.

Potential risks

All procedures pose certain risks. Be sure you understand the risks specific to your situation by discussing these with your physician. Common risk factors for individual procedures can be found by selecting from this list: Cosmetic Procedures.

Physical and psychological changes

Cosmetic surgery does more than cause physical changes; often, it fosters an enhanced self-esteem. However, if you are interested in surgery to influence or change another person, you may be disappointed. Cosmetic surgery can not cause dramatic changes in any person except you.

Possible risks

By working closely with a cosmetic specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center, you will be able to establish specific, measurable and achievable goals that will ensure satisfaction with your procedure’s results.

You should also be aware that all surgical procedures carry some risk. Besides information available on this site about specific procedures and services, you should discuss risks with your doctor.

Finding an experienced cosmetic surgeon

In addition to finding a cosmetic surgeon with experience performing the procedures you desire, it’s important to consider the facility where the procedure will take place. Cleveland Clinic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center locations are accredited facilities, and you can rest assured that a full spectrum of qualified health care professionals are available at all times.