Bloomfield Hills, MI – Are you considering plastic surgery? It’s a big decision that can impact the rest of your life, so you need to be sure you’ve carefully thought it through. It’s important that you make your decision carefully, and don’t just settle on the plastic surgeon who offers a rhinoplasty for the lowest price. So, what should you know before going under the knife?
“Plastic surgery is an art and requires expertise and specialized knowledge,” says Bloomfield Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Ali. “You want to be sure your surgeon can provide beautiful, natural looking results, so it’s important to choose one who has the experience you need. That means looking for one who is certified in plastic surgery because he or she will be committed to maintaining the highest standards in the field.”
It’s also important to have realistic expectations when undergoing plastic surgery. Dr. Ali sees many patients who bring along a photo of a favorite celebrity to show him the look they’d like. While Dr. Ali may be able to give you a nose that looks similar to Natalie Portman’s, or a bottom as full as Kim Kardashian’s, he won’t be able to transform you into someone you aren’t. Plastic surgery is meant to enhance your already natural beauty, and not transform you into a different person overnight.
“Patients must have a realistic idea of what plastic surgery can accomplish for them,” says Dr. Ali. “I can enhance your bustline, but I can’t make you into a supermodel. My goal is to help you become the best, most confident version of yourself.”
Patients should never seek out surgery for anyone but themselves. If patients come to a surgeon because someone else encourage them to, the surgeon may decline to perform surgery. Plastic surgery should never be performed because you feel pressured to do so.
“Undergoing plastic surgery won’t automatically repair problems in your life,” says Dr. Ali. “If you and your boyfriend are in a rough patch, getting a liposuction isn’t going to repair that. Surgery can make you more confident and sure of yourself, but it can’t fix all the problems you may have.”
Potential patients need to be completely honest with their surgeon about their medical history, smoking, alcohol and drug use (even prescription, herbal and over-the-counter medications). Failure to do so can result in complications and side effects. All nicotine products should be stopped at least two weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine is a vasoconstrictor. Alcohol use should stop a week before surgery as it can interfere with anesthesia and can cause excessive bleeding.
Patients should be at or near their ideal weight and in good physical health.
“It’s important to be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight,” says Dr. Ali. “Gaining or losing large amounts of weight after your procedure can alter your results. Before any body contouring surgery, such as a tummy tuck, it’s important to be at a stable weight that you are able to maintain.”
Be sure you fully understand any potential risks and side effects associated with the procedure you are looking at. While plastic surgery is safe, it is a surgery and has risk associated, as with any other form of surgery.
It is also important that you have a complete understanding of the recovery period following your surgery. Plastic surgery is elective, and may result in a body that make you more confident, but that won’t happen overnight.
“Plastic surgery is like any other surgery, and requires very real recovery time,” says Dr. Ali. “It’s important that you have a complete understanding of what is expected during recovery, and don’t try to rush through. Failing to follow your surgeons post-surgery guidelines can alter your results, and can lead to additional pain and discomfort. Plastic surgery may be elective, but recovery from a procedure like a tummy tuck requires patience.”
Dr. Ali also warns that when it comes to plastic surgery, you often get what you pay for. Because plastic surgery is surgery, he warns that you should never shop based on price alone.
“When it comes to your health, you shouldn’t bargain hunt,” says Dr. Ali. “If you needed heart surgery, chances are you’d want the most experienced surgeon performing it. It should be the same with plastic surgery. It is an art, and for the best results, choose someone based on their skills, not on their price.”
Plastic surgery can offer patients increase confidence and a renewed outlook on life. But it’s important that patients have a realistic idea of what surgery can accomplish, fully understand the risks and benefits, and choose a well-qualified and skilled surgeon.
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