If you’ve been considering plastic surgery but have concerns about the “surgery” part, here’s good news. New and advanced technologies make plastic surgery safer than ever, with more effective results. You can now accurately “see” just how you’ll look after surgery beforehand, allowing for minor tweaks if you don’t quite like the results. Since patients must pay for cosmetic surgery out of pocket, these new procedures also help reduce costs in various ways, including the amount of time spent in the operating room itself. Even though plastic surgery’s safety rates are better than ever, that doesn’t mean there’s no risk. Any type of surgery, even the simplest, poses some amount of risk.
Computer technology is making plastic surgery more individualized and precise. Technologically enhanced pre-operative planning equates to less time need to perform the actual surgery. Imaging allows surgeons to design a surgery and see the exact outcome long before the actual operation.
Many plastic surgical procedures require tissue, either hard or soft, for reconstruction. Not long ago, the tissues not “taking” to a patient’s body meant the whole process had to start anew. That’s less likely to happen today. Off-the-shelf products are now available to fill this need for many patients, and the quality of these products is improving exponentially. These tissue reconstruction products can eliminate the need for additional surgeries on certain patients. In the near future, 3-D printing may create tissue for plastic surgery patients.
Minimally invasive surgery is now the norm for many types of plastic surgery, especially involving the face. Tiny incisions and surgeries conducted via endoscope result in less scarring, potential blood loss and risk of infection. There’s less pain and less need for pain medication. The days of hiding plastic surgery scars are nearly over, since minimally invasive incisions leave little trace. That’s also true of liposuction, where fat is removed through minute incisions.
Effects requiring true, open surgical procedures just several years ago are now achieved via laser. People who may have opted for facelifts might find similar results with laser tightening therapy. Fillers, just as Botox and hyaluronic acid, are becoming more sophisticated and lasting longer. Those who didn’t want to bother with invasive surgery or take weeks off from work while healing now have options with little downtime – and less expense.
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!