The cosmetic surgery is booming, as people in the United States are spending billions of dollars a year on cosmetic procedures. Whether they’re going under the knife for a little nip and tuck or visiting the doctor’s office for a quick facial injection, with today’s fast-paced world and constantly evolving technology, results can be achieved at the drop of a hat.
You can find plenty of examples of “botched” plastic surgery in popular media outlets and reality television. They may be good for grabbing attention, but they should not be seen as the norm. Instead, simple unmet esthetic expectations are much more common. For example, your breasts aren’t quite as big as you imagined, or your nose isn’t quite as symmetrical. We have all seen horror stories on the news, or crazy plastic surgery stories featured on E! Entertainment’s show “Botched.” So, if you’re thinking about getting cosmetic surgery and don’t want to be one of those botched surgery statistics, it’s your job to become an informed consumer. What’s your ideal image, and should perfection be expected, or even possible?
Don’t downplay the procedure, as plastic surgery is as serious as brain surgery or cardiac surgery. We like to soften the risks associated with plastic surgery, but it is just as risky as any other surgical procedure. The chances that you could have a complication or a setback are a real possibility. It’s more than 1 percent, so there’s a reason there are so many unsatisfied patients out there, and it’s not simply because untrained doctors are doing the plastic surgery. People have to be very careful about what and how many procedures they want to receive, and consider the risks.
Botched cosmetic and plastic surgery is certainly possible to fix. However, corrective surgery doesn’t come without the risks.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in order to have a successful surgery, it is important to ask the right questions and to get the best treatment:
- In which state is the doctor licensed to practice surgery?
- Consider the setting. Prospective patients should be cautious about receiving cosmetic procedures outside a medical setting.
- Is the doctor board certified? With which board? The doctor should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
- How many years has the doctor performed this type of surgery?
- Does the doctor have life-saving equipment and monitoring devices?
- Who administers the anesthesia? Ideally, this person is a board-certified anesthesiologist or certified registered nurse anesthetist.
- What are the risks of the procedure?
- What is the expected recovery time and process for the procedure you’re having?
If you are planning on undergoing plastic surgery, the most important aspect is your health and safety. Make well informed decisions even before deciding if plastic surgery is the right choice for you.
If you would like more information about the benefits and risks when deciding to undergo a cosmetic procedure, call the office of Dr. Stelnicki at (954) 983-1899, or request an appointment online.