Plastic surgery comes with a myriad of pros and cons. You’ll need to prepare for the before and after of a procedure if you’re thinking about having one. You won’t want to be unprepared for something that can put your body out of commission for an extended period of time. Once you’ve prepared and done your research, you’ll be on your way to fix something that might have been bothering you for many years or even your entire life.

Plastic surgery can be a major decision — especially if you’re going in for a particularly invasive procedure. If you’ve never had plastic surgery, then it’s an especially major decision. If you’re considering a procedure, then there are a few things you should be aware of before you do.