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Before facial plastic surgery, get real about expectations

By Jeanie Lerche Davis
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Michael Smith, MD

If you're over 40, you've been there: That face in the mirror -- it just isn't you anymore. Like a good house in an older neighborhood, it's time for remodeling.

"People have different motivations for plastic surgery, and sometimes they're realistic, sometimes they're not," says Michael Powell, MD, a facial plastic surgeon and consultant for WebMD.

Indeed, cosmetic surgery -- especially facial plastic surgery -- is a serious step. Here are some things to consider before you see a surgeon.

1. Your motivation. It's important that you already feel good about yourself -- that you just want to improve your self-image, refresh your face.

"You don't want to be thinking, 'I must have this surgery because it will give me a new life,'" Powell tells WebMD. "It has to be other way around -- I'm already comfortable with who I am, but my body image isn't right. I look old, angry, tired, and would feel more confident, feel better if I improved myself a bit."

Sometimes a little facial plastic surgery helps in the job market, Powell adds. "But you don't want the job to be a primary motivation. But if you're in sales, real estate, and you want to feel more competent, do a better job of presenting yourself, that's a good reason to have plastic surgery."

Also, the problem needs to be visible -- one that both you and the doctor can see, he says. "It's got to be a rational decision. It's not necessary for your emotional health, but a gift you give yourself because it will make you feel better," he says.