Plastic surgery, especially facial plastic surgery, is one of the most common procedures done in America. According to annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, there were 15.9 million surgical and minimally-invasive procedures performed in the United States in 2015. That is a 2% increase over 2014 and a very large amount of cosmetic procedures.
Despite the common practice of these surgeries, however, there are a few things that professional, licensed, plastic surgeons want their patients to know before looking into procedures.
Not All Surgeries Are Bad
Unlike what comedy TV or movies tell you, it is possible to produce results that leave the patient looking good and more refreshed. And not all procedures require you to go under the knife. The doctor doing the cosmetic surgery is only there to meet the goals of the patient.
Every Procedure Needs Time
Whether it's for a fully invasive surgery or just a botox filler, every procedure needs time to heal. On average, this can take anywhere between three and six months to do, and so it is important to keep that in mind when you're getting surgery. You will need to be careful after.
All Surgeries Come With Risks
Even with all the advancements in medical technology, there is always a risk in surgery. No matter what type of surgery -- facial plastic surgery, breast reduction, etc. -- every surgeon checks for a good risk-benefit ratio before beginning any procedure. This is why it is important to go to a certified, skilled surgeon, to minimize risks and poor results. An untrained surgeon could lead to disaster.
Plastic Surgery Does Not Mean Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic surgery is a subdivision of plastic surgery. A plastic surgeon will do a variety of surgeries, including cosmetic. It is important to understand that.
Always Draw a Line
No matter what the procedure, always draw a line. Too much surgery, or too much botox, can make you look abnormal. Even though it really depends on your aspirations, you should work with your surgeon to draw a line on where to end.
These are just some of the tips that plastic surgeons would like their future patients to know before making any decision regarding invasive or non-invasive cosmetic surgeries and procedures. Keep these in mind when making your next appointment!