If you are thinking about whether plastic surgery is the right option for you, there are some factors you will need to consider before you embark on any sort of procedure. Here we look at some things you need to think about before undergoing any type of plastic surgery and some alternatives to going under the knife.

Learning from the plastic surgery mistakes of others

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Despite some high-profile celebrity plastic surgery disasters, the idea of having a procedure completed is something that is still popular. According to the BBC, the plastic surgery industry in the UK was positively booming in 2014. The story is the same in the US, where more than 15.6 million procedures were carried out in 2014, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which was a 3% increase on the 2013 figure. Having said this, there has also been an increase in the popularity of non-surgical procedures such as Botox and eyebrow threading and shaping.

Things to consider before surgery

While you might not live the life of a celebrity, it is worth looking at some celebrity plastic surgeries so that you can learn from the mistakes of others. Celebrities such as Melanie Griffith, Courtney Love and the late Michael Jackson are all good examples of how plastic surgery can go wrong and no amount of further surgery can fix it. Unlike celebrities, however, most people cannot afford to keep going back under the knife; therefore, it is vital to think about whether you can afford the procedure and your reasons for considering it in the first place before you decide whether to have plastic surgery.

Alternatives to plastic surgery

Depending on what it is that you are unhappy with, there are many non-invasive procedures available that can provide a good alternative to plastic surgery. These can include Botox; non-surgical facelifts; semi-permanent makeup in London, such as semi-permanent makeup in London by Jemma Upton; and lip enhancement with products such as collagen.

Armed with an understanding of the surgical and non-surgical options that are available if you decide that you want to make changes to the way you look, you can make an informed decision. There are both risks and benefits, whichever route you follow, so make sure that the one you choose is right for you.