Summary: It’s that time of year where I know some of you are thinking: can plastic surgery be part of your New Year’s Resolution? Every year, we make resolutions, right? Some of them end up being pretty personal (that’s not a bad thing). So, if we’re making a personal (or public) resolution, can plastic surgery be part of it? Yes, of course. But there are some attitudes and formulations of this resolution that you might want to be thoughtful about.

Can Plastic Surgery Be Part of Your New Year’s Resolution or Plan?

Thanksgiving is behind us and the rest of the winter holidays are on the horizon. For many of us, New Year’s celebrations hold a special meaning because they represent times of renewal. Can plastic surgery be part of your New Year’s Resolution? After all, plastic surgery can be all about renewal too.

The problem is that New Year’s Resolutions tend to be fleeting things, don’t they? How many people resolve to lose weight but then never follow through? (Spoiler: it’s a lot of people.) That’s not intended to shame anyone who’s ever fallen off the New Year’s Resolution bandwagon. It’s simply meant to illustrate that we’re not always thinking long term when we make resolutions.

And while only you can make any final decision about plastic surgery, it’s always a good idea to collect information from a wide variety of sources.

The Best Types of New Year’s Resolutions

It might be useful for us, then, to take a step back and look at what makes for a good New Year’s Resolution in the first place. After all, if your plastic surgery goals are going to comprise your resolution, you may as well make it a resolution that sticks. So, here are a few suggestions:

  • Avoid resolutions that are trendy
  • Avoid resolutions that you feel like you should make
  • Don’t make resolutions without also making plans; you need to know how you’re going to accomplish your goals.
  • Make resolutions that you actually want to keep
  • It’s okay to make small goals; if you reach those goals, you can build on them throughout the year

There’s no shortage of advice on how to reach your resolutions as best as possible. It’s also important that, in the event you don’t actually reach your resolution, you don’t give up. If you haven’t lost the weight by February or you’ve already stopped going to the gym, that’s okay! Get back on the horse and try again.

Plastic Surgery and Resolutions

There probably aren’t many people out there who make New Year’s Resolutions such as, “this year I’m going to get a tummy tuck.” Then again, maybe that’s not all that uncommon. It definitely takes a little bit of doing to get yourself into a position where a tummy tuck is feasible (both financially and physically). And you may have been working with your surgeon to get your body and mind ready.

So that’s one type of New Year’s Resolution. The other involves a resolution like this: “I want to look fit in the new year.” Now, there may a variety of issues that are interfering with your ability to look fit:

  • Your body fat may not be responding to diet or exercise. In some people, areas of fat tend to be especially stubborn.
  • You have a significant amount of excess skin that looks as though it could be fat.

In either one of these cases (and in certain combinations of these cases), there’s nothing that diet and exercise are going to be able to do for you. The best way you’ll be able to reach your goals is, simply, to try a surgical solution. This might mean liposuction or it might mean a tummy tuck.

But it’s worth pointing out that looking fit is not the same thing as being fit. You can be fit and still grapple with excess skin. If your goals are focused on the looks instead of your health, that’s when you might start to think about plastic surgery.

Only Get Plastic Surgery if You Want Plastic Surgery

Finally, I’d like to point out that you should really only be considering plastic surgery if you actually want a plastic surgery procedure. In other words, if you want to achieve a certain result, but you don’t want plastic surgery, then it’s a good idea to find a different course of action.

Indeed, plastic surgery tends to produce the most satisfaction from patients who have wanted this or that procedure for a long period of time. It’s nothing to be rushed into.

As such, you should not resolve to undergo plastic surgery as a way to coerce yourself into doing something you’d rather not do. But if you’re looking for encouragement to do something you’ve always wanted to do, then a little plastic surgery New Year’s Resolution might actually be a good thing for you.

Overall, can plastic surgery be part of your New Year’s Resolution? Of course, but only if you actually want it to!

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