Plastic Surgery - Why Go There?
Plastic Surgery Has A Purpose
The Plastic Surgery industry is booming albeit a bit less so now that the economy is in the tank. Sometimes a minor procedure can make a major increase in ones self esteem. The 15 year old, beautiful, young lady who has her fathers ears that stick straight out the sides of her head; can have a 30-45 minute procedure to pin them back allowing her to feel comfortable wearing a ponytail in the summer. How about the 17 year old male with slight bulges of breast tissue that make him too self conscience to go swimming with his family and friends. He too can have a quick and relatively safe procedure to fix that little imperfection thus giving him the self esteem boost needed to enjoy the outdoor activities he longs to participate in. These types of procedures are quick, often covered by insurance, and do not drastically alter ones appearance.
I spent 6 years as a Circulating Nurse in the Plastic Surgery arena in Eastern Washington. I am currently managing multiple Surgical Groups including the Plastic Surgery department. In our Practice we do what I would call "reasonable" plastic and reconstructive surgery. Things like the ear pinning and breast reductions procedures described above. We also do face lifts, Botox, fillers, and many other types of enhancement (keyword) procedures. We do not do the over done and bizarre things you sometimes see in the Headlines or in Hollywood. If you are considering having any type of Plastic Surgery always go with a Surgeon who is Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, make sure they have done the procedure you are requesting at least 100 times before yours. Ask to see before and after pictures of their work. Find out if they can arrange for you to talk to one of their previous patients who has had the procedure you are interested in, this is most important if you are considering a complete face-lift as all surgeons have different beliefs about how moderate or extreme they should go when performing a face-lift.
Plastic Surgery Purgatory
I was reading the news online this morning when a sidebar caught my attention. It was something like "The Top Ten Plastic Surgery Mistakes" - I was compelled to look. The story was brief and the majority of the article consisted of "before & after" Pictures. Most of the faces I recognized as famous or formerly famous Hollywood stars.
The images were frightful and sad - many fresh faced beautiful people that for whatever reason, vanity I would assume, decided to have unnecessary facial and body make overs. For many of those pictured the "make overs" were atrocious and heinous. I cannot believe that any respectable and reputable surgeon would agree to do these things - but I guess money can cause values to go by the wayside for some folks - surgeons included.
Don't Over Do It!
If you have a minor imperfection that causes you to feel insecure or you are not aging as gracefully as you would like then Plastic Surgery may be an option for you. Always check out your Surgeon very thoroughly. Don't over do it - a little change can make you feel better about your appearance without leading to regrets afterwards. I wish you the best, CL