We've all seen the shocking pictures of plastic surgeries gone awry. Unfortunately, these mishaps are the inevitable result of cosmetic enhancement's rising popularity. Simply put, more procedures performed every year means more opportunity for things to go wrong, leaving many patients less that satisfied with their results.
Sadly, these horribly botched procedures aren't only limited to complex cosmetic surgeries. Even seemingly simple treatments, like Botox injections or dermal fillers, can lead to disaster. So if you're thinking of undergoing cosmetic enhancement, here are three simple tips to help you avoid trouble.
Just because a doctor is a surgeon doesn't mean that he or she is a qualified plastic surgeon. With patients flocking to plastic surgery over the last decade, many medical professionals have been trying to transfer their general medical knowledge into the realm of cosmetic enhancement. Not surprisingly, this approach doesn't always yield the best results for patients. Ideally, you want to find a plastic surgeon that has received certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, as these doctors have gone through formal training for cosmetic enhancement.
You check restaurant reviews before you settle on a dinner spot, right? Well, use the same approach with your cosmetic surgeon hunt. Top-tier plastic surgeons have no shortage of people bragging about their abilities, so do some digging on the doctors in your area through sites such as Yelp and Realself.com. Read through the reviews and see what former patients are saying, and, perhaps most importantly, be sure to check out the before and after photos. While it may be almost impossible to find a cosmetic surgeon with a completely spotless record, you can definitely start to get a feel for which surgeons are able to perform top-notch work.
With celebrities extolling the virtues of plastic surgery in magazines and on TV, it's easy to start to take cosmetic enhancement lightly. But remember, plastic surgery is still surgery, and even minimally invasive procedures can see lead to permanent problems. Botched procedures can lead to disfigurement, health complications, and, in some extreme cases, patients have even gone blind from incorrect dermal filler injections. So before you set foot in a cosmetic surgeon's office, you should ask yourself how badly you want the procedure performed. Ultimately, the only guaranteed way to avoid botched results is to not have the procedure in the first place.
Despite the growing number of botched horror stories, millions of people around the world undergo cosmetic enhancement every year and are fully satisfied with the results. So if you decide plastic surgery is right for you, do your homework and find a qualified surgeon who will give you the results you deserve.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about plastic surgery, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!