Avoiding nightmares when planning for plastic surgery
Anyone considering plastic surgery? A surgeon says a little care in planning can avert a nightmare.
Thankfully, society’s understanding of plastic surgery has matured as the practice has demonstrated its ability to improve human well-being, said board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Zannis.
“Decades ago, I think it’s fair to say there was a stigma that plastic surgery was for those with too much money and vanity, but now it’s known to help people who have perfectly healthy reasons to alter their bodies — from breast cancer survivors to people with breathing obstructions,” said Zannis, head of the Zannis Center for Plastic Surgery, (http://www.zannisplasticsurgery.com).
“However, plastic surgery is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States, and some of the doctors performing these procedures are not certified,” Zannis said. “Their patients are at risk not only of botched surgeries, but of undergoing unnecessary procedures for the wrong reasons.”
Zannis, who studied art and art history in Florence, Italy, said context is extremely important in plastic surgery. He offers his prerequisites for plastic and cosmetic surgery.
Don’t undergo a procedure that makes you unrecognizable, unless you’re correcting disfigurement. Whether you want to gain more confidence because you’ve recently reentered the dating scene or you’ve decided upon aesthetic improvements for your career, there’s something distinctly American about continued self-improvement throughout one’s life. Recently, actress Renee Zellweger shocked much of the public with her new, post-surgical look.
“Zellweger has since stated that she embraces her new look, adding that change is the purpose of her surgery,” Zannis said. “However, many patients prefer to remain recognizable to their friends and family. Make sure to choose a procedure with a surgeon who grasps the idea of undergoing improvements while maintaining a recognizable appearance.”
Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is a must! Just like everyone else, doctors want to make money. In many cases, doctors aren’t required to be certified to inject Botox or perform other procedures. We’ve all heard the plastic surgery nightmares, which are often caused by a botched surgery, a surgeon who didn’t explain to the patient the overall change to a face with oversized lips, or a combination of the two.
Do it for your own reasons and not someone else’s. It’s one thing to seek breast enhancement in order to boast one’s own confidence; it’s another to do so to please a boyfriend.
“It’s your body,” Zannis said. “You will have to deal with the consequences of a larger chest for the rest of your life. Be clear that you are the one who wants to change your body.”
Avoid the rabbit hole of too much cosmetic surgery. You don’t have to have a single bad surgery to miss the mark of your intended self-improvement. It’s possible to get several excellent procedures done with a result of diminishing returns.
“If you think your nose could be better or you’d like help eliminating fat in places that, no matter how much you diet and exercise, simply will not go away, then a procedure may be in order,” Zannis said. “And, you may want multiple procedures done. If this is the case, keep in mind the overall picture of what you’re going for.”