Not all cosmetic surgery procedures come with an automatic “plastic surgeon seal of approval.” There are certain procedures - some of them gaining in popularity - most plastic surgeons do not recommend for their patients. Should a client request such work, many practitioners will try to talk them out of it. Here’s a sample of some procedures surgeons don’t find particularly safe or helpful:
Threadlifting is touted by some as an easy alternative to a facelift. Also known as a PDO thread for the type of suture used, threadlifting involves threading tiny needles beneath the skin, which when pulled tight result in a natural lifting. The entire process takes an hour or so. The downside – the threadlift can cause skin to ripple or bunch together. Removing the threads is a much more difficult process than inserting them.
For centuries, women have pursued a tiny waistline. In the 19th century, corseting was the answer. Today, some women pursue ribosections, surgery removing ribs to make the waistline smaller. Since the ribs protect the lungs, heart and other major organs, the potential risks far outweigh any benefits to this operation.
Removing part of the buccal fat pads, located in the lower part of the face, gives a patient a more sculpted look – temporarily. Also known as cheek reduction surgery, initial results are usually good, but the face tends to look skeletal after several years. There’s also a real risk of injury to the facial nerves during the surgery and subsequent partial facial paralysis.
After neck lift surgery, the sub-mandibular salivary glands become more noticeable. Certain surgeons may remove these glands as part of the surgery, but many doctors caution patients against this practice. Yes, removing the glands give the neck a sculpted look, but that comes at the potential cost. The patient may suffer from permanent dry mouth, or even bleeding. In the latter case, such bleeding could compromise a patient’s breathing during sleep.
Silicone oil injections can help heal acne scars, but there are far better methods. The consistency of silicone oil is on a par with motor oil – think about that. Should infection or inflammation occur, all sorts of complications may ensue. Once injected, removing this oil is very difficult.
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