13 Things Your Plastic Surgeons Will Never Tell You
Plastic surgery before and after photos can be tempting, however, before you make up your mind to undergo under the knife, here are some of the plastic surgery confessions you should know.
1. One of my patient who wanted a brow lift as she felt she looked grumpy all the time
I suggested she go for a brow wax instead. It just took 15 minutes, and she looked great, saving around $5,000. I have also seen patients receive results similar to the eyelid lifts with over-the- counter eyelid-lift creams and firming serums. Though results are temporary, they work to reduce puffiness and lines.
2. It makes me crazy when parents call from the ER because their kid got a scratch on his face
It will not look any different even if I sew it up instead of the Emergency Room doctor; it will only cost you a lot of money. Unless the wound is severe, there is no need of a plastic surgeon for every small cut and scrape.
3. If I have invested $200,000 in purchasing a laser machine, that is probably what I am going to recommend, even if there is another type of treatment that can be much cheaper
Don’t forget to ask your doctor if there is an alternative available such as chemical peel, that can work similar or better than expensive treatments.
4. There is a secret weapon we use it when things go wrong: leeches
By restoring the blood flow and secreting out the chemicals that prevent the blood clots,– leeches can help in saving a breast lift gone wrong or a reattached limb that is about to die. It sounds weird, but reconstructive plastic surgeons use them often.
5. If your drooping eyelids are slightly blocking your vision, then your insurance can pay for a lid lift
So many people have used Medicare to pick up the pill for the procedure that can cause controversy.
6. We laugh at you sometimes
One of my patients once e-mailed me to ask if it was alright for her to cook for her friends and family again. She wanted to make sure that her breast implants would not melt. I also had a client come in with his girlfriend and his wife literally a week apart for the same breast implant surgery.
7. We think the celebrities with the frozen faces, puffed-up lips, and gargantuan breast implants look ridiculous too
Now, this is something we all have felt at some point in their life. Their frozen faces, gargantuan breasts or puffed up lips make them look good only on the cover of magazines. We think even our dear celebrities also know this.
8. How would I select a plastic surgeon?
Well, I would prefer a doctor who is well certified to train other doctors as well. They are known “fellowship directors.”
9. Don’t want to visit my office?
Then make sure you apply sunblock with titanium dioxide or zinc, wear sunglasses outside, and never squint.
10. Before you throw your judgment on us, remember that we do a lot more than just elective surgery
We rectify cleft palates and cleft lips, perform on face surgeries and delicate hand, and help in reconstructing people who are burned, perform cancer operation, or suffered has a catastrophic accident.
11. We may get a little Botox here and there, however, most serious plastic surgeons have not had any plastic surgery on themselves
Perhaps that’s because it is an egotistical profession, and the only person I would allow operating on me is “myself”.
12. A quarter of our patients are male
They get Botox, liposuction, eyelid lifts, hair transplants, and much more.Everything that women ask us to do.
13. When you bring in your car to auto repair fix, don’t you ask all sorts of questions?
However, surprisingly a lot of people prepared to try with their bodies with the surgical knife don’t even ask a single question.Can you believe not even one question?
Sources: Usha Rajagopal, MD, in San Francisco; Plastic surgeons William DeLuca, MD, in Albany, New York; Michael Salzhauer, MD, in Miami; Anthony Youn, MD, author of the memoir In Stitches; a plastic surgeon in Boston;Peter Neligan, MD, at the University of Washington Medical Center; and Andrew P. Ordon, MD, co-host of the TV show The Doctors
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