Is It In Your Budget To Fix or Enhance Your Appearance?

Is It In Your Budget To Fix or Enhance Your Appearance?

Money is probably on your mind all of the time. Your appearance probably is one of your priorities. When you mix those two ideas, though, you occasionally run into a conflict. For one way to state it, you may wonder if it’s in your budget to fix or enhance what you look like? You might have different reasons for wanting to adjust your appearance, but ultimately, money is the universal language.

So how do you decide the answer to this question? Do you have it in your budget to fix your appearance after cancer surgery? What about to fix the damage from a burn? Or, do you have it in your budget to enhance your look if it will create new professional or economic opportunities for yourself? 

Decisions regarding personal enhancement will naturally connect and intersect with your budget. Recognizing that connection in advance of your choices will help you make more logical decisions.

After Cancer Surgery

Sometimes fixing your appearance is about going back to how you looked before a specific condition or treatment. For example, maybe you choose to get breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy due to breast cancer. If you are uncomfortable with your post-treatment look, then exploring the option of breast reconstructive surgery is a logical realm of thought. Depending on your insurance, this kind of surgery may or may not be covered depending on if it is considered cosmetic or not.

To Fix Damage from a Burn

What happens to people when they get a burn in a very visible part of their body? Do they accept that the scar will always be visible? Or do they think about maybe if some cosmetic surgery will cover up the worst of the scarring? 

It can be a difficult question to answer. Experts at Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America suggest that the decision narrows down to a matter of money. It will often be a decision based on how much the procedure costs and how much insurance is willing to cover. Depending on the context of the accident, the legal implications can vary.

For Better Professional Opportunities

The final time to consider if your budget allows for appearance enhancement surgery will be if you’re looking for better professional opportunities. If a certain look is important to your career, for example, as someone who is going to be on television a lot, then it may make sense to pay for surgery to enhance your employability. 

It’s not that this kind of enhancement is necessarily “fair,” but the people who value a job the most will be the ones who are willing to pay to make themselves fit the part. If spending money allows you to make money, then it’s an economic win.

David Robertson