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Plastic surgery is a huge deal. Adverts, before and after photos and testimonials make surgery seem tantalizingly easy. But there are a few things you need to know before you visit a surgeon - as there are a number of things that they'll keep secret.

Plastic surgery might seem easy. It might seem simple and it might seem like the answer to all of your problems. But even if you could get surgery to correct your slightly bent nose, or to make your breasts bigger, or even something considered non-invasive (such as Botox, fillers or facial peels), you might not want to after reading this. Here, we share everything you need to know about plastic surgery before you even step foot inside the surgeon's office.

Surgery is Surgery

Plastic surgery is often billed as something easy. Something that's quick, pain-free and that'll instantly give you the results you're looking for. But what you need to know is that even non-invasive procedures have side effects. Surgery is still surgery, whether you're doing it for medical reasons or for aesthetic reasons.

Once that scalpel goes into your skin, your body doesn't know any different, which means that things could still go wrong.

Yep, the risks associated with surgery are low, but during that time, you're at a heightened risk of stroke, heart attack and much more.

There Will Always Be Side Effects

They can range from minimal - redness, swelling and a little bit of bruising at the injection site, if you've had something like fillers or an injectable treatment, to the severe. You could experience numbness and complete loss of feeling at the site of the operation - in breast reconstruction surgeries, for example, between 10-70% of patients experience a complete and permanent loss of sensation in the nipples. Pain is probably the main side effect that you'll experience after surgery of any kind, and it can't always be controlled by painkillers. The pain might also make it difficult for you to sit, stand, walk or do any of your daily activities. It's tough, and it's tougher than your surgeon will let on.

You Need to Have Clear Expectations

Not all surgeons have rigorous standards. Not all surgeons will do a psychiatric evaluation before scheduling you in for a procedure. Not all surgeons will make sure that the procedure you've requested is right for you - they'll just do the surgery anyway as they could use the extra money.

If you actually go for a consultation, you need to have a clear idea of what you want from the surgery - but you need to be reasonable in your expectations, too.

A nose job won't change the entire look of your face, Botox won't necessarily make you look younger and an eyebrow lift won't always make your eyes look bigger. It's the surgeon's job to make sure that you'll be able to cope with the surgery, that the surgery is right for you and that you're physically and mentally able to recover from the procedure. You should also be able to ask them whether a different procedure, surgery or even just a beauty treatment would be better for you and you should expect an honest answer. One surgeon we spoke to had a patient who visited for a brow lift consultation was told that a brow shape and tint were all she needed - saving her $15,000 and a complicated, painful surgery.

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