Everyone has a reason for wanting a cosmetic treatment. Some may have thought about getting a specific treatment for years. Others may have just considered it because they started developing a new issue and had their doctor recommend a particular treatment. Because most cosmetic surgeries and treatments are aimed at changing the looks rather than improving a physical issue, patients may be resting on good or bad reasons as their motivation for choosing a procedure.
One reason that a cosmetic surgeon will ask a patient why he or she wants the procedure done is to determine motivation. When the motivation is wrong, the treatment will most likely not be viewed as a success by the patient even if everything turned out just right in the surgeon’s eyes. For example, a patient who wants to look perfect will never be happy because there will always be one more thing to change. On the other hand, patients who want to look better to get back an ex may be extremely disappointed when their goal does not come true. Other poor motivators for cosmetic surgery include the following:
- Feeling down or depressed
- Wanting to make someone else happy
- Wanting to have more friends
- Wanting more social or work-related success
The Best Motivation for Success
However, cosmetic surgeons know that patients who come in for procedures with the right motivations are most likely going to be pleased with their results. There are many good reasons to seek a surgery or minimally-invasive treatment. One of the most commonly heard reasons is to decrease signs of aging on the skin. This aging may have occurred because of one’s genes, too much sun exposure, smoking or the natural wear-down of skin tissues. Others may want to restore their bodies after pregnancy or weight loss, to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat, to get rid of scars or to improve a physical attribute that has never looked quite right. Some even choose certain procedures, such as rhinoplasties, septoplasties or eyelid surgeries, to get rid of physical problems that are affecting their breathing or sight.