By Michael Saul, Partner at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors
Cosmetic surgery, a subspecialty of plastic surgery that covers both surgical and nonsurgical procedures, changes your appearance by altering or reshaping parts of your body that function normally but don’t look the way you want. Itmay seem like a quick cure to enhance your appearance or help you get in better physical shape to have cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery, however, has a number of drawbacks and hazards.
Here is what you should know if you are thinking about getting cosmetic surgery.
Factors to consider
Before you proceed with cosmetic surgery, consider:
Your expectations. When thinking about the results of your cosmetic surgery expect growth rather than perfection. You’re going to be let down if you think surgery will automatically make you a Hollywood star. Surgery won’t help you get a promotion, repair a strained relationship, or enhance your social life.
Expense. Most health insurance companies do not provide coverage for cosmetic surgery. The price might range from hundreds to thousands of pounds depending on the treatment. Consider the price of any extra operations or follow-up care as well.
Risks. Any kind of cosmetic surgery can leave you unsatisfied. Also possible are surgical side effects, such as severe bleeding or an infection at the surgical site.
Recovery. You may require several weeks or even months to recover after cosmetic surgery. Recognize any potential physical side effects as a necessary part of your rehabilitation, as well as any potential effects the surgery may have on your personal and professional life.
In order to reduce the chance of difficulties, your doctor may also advise you to stop smoking around a month prior to surgery and while you are recovering.
Find a safe surgeon
If you have decided to undergo a cosmetic procedure, deciding who will carry out that surgery should be the first thing that you think of after your initial decision. Many people often fall victim to poor cosmetic surgery practices and suffer as a result of cosmetic surgeons carrying out malpractice.
Book a consultation
Before deciding on your surgeon, always schedule a consultation with the person who will do the treatment.
- How many times they have carried out these treatments
- What training and credentials they possess
- If they are a part of a recognised professional organisation that demonstrates that they have the necessary education and experience
- About the procedure’s most frequent side effects
- Who will take care of you and what kind of aftercare you may expect
- What to do if anything goes wrong or the outcome doesn’t satisfy you
- How much it will cost and whether additional fees will apply for any necessary follow-up care
The doctor should explain to you in detail what the procedure entails, including:
- The process of the procedure
- How long will it take
- If anaesthesia is required
Additionally, they ought to explain to you what to anticipate following the operation, including:
- What suffering you might anticipate afterwards
- The length of time necessary for recovery
- The possible dangers and difficulties
- The length of time the effects will last
- What to expect from your appearance following the operation
After the consultation
After your consultation, your doctor should give you some time to consider whether you want to proceed with the surgery.
A booklet from the company that makes the product the surgeon will use would be a good piece of information to ask them for, so you can consult the document and educate yourself about the product beforehand.
Take your time
One last piece of advice to consider before you commit to any surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedures is to take your time. The official advice is to take at least two weeks of ‘cooling off’ time before committing to surgery following your consultation.
The impact of surgery can last a lifetime, and it is essential to carefully complete all of your research and fully consider your options before committing to an operation that could profoundly affect your physical, financial or emotional wellbeing.
The Subtle Cues in Our Environment that Encourage Healthier Living
The choices we make each day regarding our diet, activity and lifestyle habits ultimately determine our health and wellbeing. Nonetheless, the surroundings we inhabit also actively influence those decisions, whether we realize it or not. Our built environment contains many subtle cues that either promote or impede healthy behaviors. With thoughtful awareness, we can leverage and shape these cues to nudge ourselves toward more positive choices.
Architectural Cues for Active Living
Urban design and infrastructure elements play a major role in our activity levels. Visible, accessible staircases encourage climbing over passive elevator use. Features like centrally located, attractive stairwells bathed in natural light make stairs hard to ignore. Artwork beautifies the ascent while music enlivens acoustics. Placing stairwells near prominent gathering areas also maximizes exposure and use. Conversely, hidden dreary stairwells discourage climbing. Building layouts should make stairways the default for short trips. Thoughtful design embeds activity into daily routines.
Outside, continuous sidewalks and protected bike lanes provide clear cues that active transit is safe and expected. Ample parking signals driving is preferable. Traffic calming measures like speed humps and narrowed lanes imprint mental cautions for vehicles to accommodate bikes and pedestrians. Sidewalk street furniture and plantings buffer walkers from traffic. Crosswalks, pedestrian signals, and refuge islands imprint rights of way. Complete Streets redesign allocates fair space for diverse safe use. Our infrastructure surroundings can literally pave the path for active living.
Office and Home Cues
Subtle factors within buildings also affect activity and diet. Kitchen placement, for instance, affects our choices. Research shows open concept kitchens integrated into living areas encourage more healthful cooking and family meals than closed off kitchens. Islands and open shelving provide visual snack cues that can either prompt cravings or showcase fruits, nuts, and other healthy grabs. Kitchens sited near entries or offices also maximize visibility and food prep use rather than distant basement kitchens.
At offices, centrally located shared spaces like break rooms, cafes and snack nooks encourage communal meals, informal gatherings and refueling walks to retrieve snacks. Providing showers, bike racks and lockers signals active commuting is valued. Standing and treadmill desks prompt movement during sedentary work, while choice architecture guides selections from communal food areas. Simple environmental adjustments nudge better decisions.
Nutritional Cues at Markets and Restaurants
Eateries and markets harbor cues that stimulate cravings along with willpower depletion. Certain lighting, music, and décor stimulate overindulgence. Cues that unconsciously hurry patrons undermine reasoned decisions. Scented air surrounding baked goods stalls awakens salivation and desire. Strategic menu design also sways choices. Listing unhealthy items first or at eye level suppresses willpower. Descriptive names romanticize less healthy options. Menu formatting can also highlight nutritious dishes and portion guidance. Markets use product placement for maximizing impulse grabs. Though subtle, environmental exposures across stores and eateries significantly sway our eating choices.
Cues for Hydration and Rest
Proper hydration and sleep are imperative for our wellbeing but are easily overlooked when immersed in urban settings and schedules. Environmental design can combat these gaps through strategic cues. Plentiful public water fountains provide visual refreshment reminders throughout cities, while placing restrooms near fountains links the hydration notion. Cafes position chilled water dispensers up front for thirst-quenching without calories. Homes and offices forget hydration less with decorative pitchers and glasses on tables. Lighting design is key for sleep cues. Dimming lights in workplaces and warm home lighting provide visual preparation for rest. Cool-toned blue hues stimulate and signal awakening. Our surroundings can cue us to drink and sleep wisely.
Signage and Sensory Cues
Explicit signs offer direct visual cues to healthier behaviors – such as a no smoking sign that prompts at entrances. Staircases could feature plaques tallying burned calories. Cafeterias may display encouragements to take smaller portions or try vegetable sides. Signs foster mindfulness and restraint at choice points. Sensory cues also guide behaviors. Smells eliciting happiness or calm can de-stress environments. Soothing natural sounds and music relax tense settings. Harsh lighting and noise stimulate frenetic energy and impulsiveness. Pleasant sensory experiences invite more mindful, deliberate choices. Uplifting cues infuse healthy messaging into spaces.
Art and Nature Cues for Wellbeing
Artwork carrying uplifting themes or depicting healthy activities, fruits and vegetables, serene nature and joyful gatherings infuses visual positivity into surroundings. Murals and wall graphics remind us what truly matters for wellbeing. Images are digestible in passing, sinking into the subconscious. Vibrant, thriving plants and greenery provide natural visual relief and comfort that lower stress. Decor mimicking natural materials brings warmer textures. Spatial flow mimicking nature’s curves calms minds. Natural light and windows boost mentality and sleep cycle regulation. Thoughtful touches of art and nature foster mental balance, positivity, and healthy choices.
Our everyday surroundings contain many subtle influences on our diet, activity, sleep, and lifestyle, either promoting or hindering health. But heightened awareness of these cues allows us to consciously reshape environments for encouraging wiser choices. Simple changes to architecture, office layouts, signage, lighting, art, and nature contact encourage movement, nutrition, and wellbeing. Our minds absorb ambient cues, so design wisely. When supportive healthy cues surround us, positive habits become a little easier, more inviting, and purposeful. Think about cues you could shift for better living. Small nudges in public spaces and our homes can guide us all toward healthier, more thoughtful lives.
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