Text by Helen Wallace
As we age and our skin starts to head south (thanks, gravity!) it can be all-to-tempting to visit a cosmetic surgeon for some rejuvenation. While plastic surgery is on the rise the world over, and with more and more people opting to go under the knife for a nip and tuck because of it being more accessible, it’s likely that you, or at least someone you know, will find yourself sitting in a surgeons office with marker pen lines drawn on your face or body at some point in your life. Before you find yourself there, here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to plastic surgery to ensure both your health and your happiness.
DO shop around
Think you have found the perfect doctor to perform your cosmetic surgery? You might want to double, and triple, check that he or she is legit. Many people in other medical fields have started offering procedures such as botox and fillers and even breast and butt enhancements to increase their earning potential, but it’s important to make sure that you visit someone who is board certified in the field of plastic or cosmetic surgery as only they are properly qualified to perform these procedures. Visiting quacks who claim to be the real deal is one of the main causes of botched jobs and infections. And, on that note, the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ definitely applies here – this is not something you want to bargain hunt for!
Underground #botched jobs – because this is what happens when you try to get around paying for an actual licensed and board certified professional who uses #FDA Approved materials or techniques. There are numerous cases like this rotating / these people are becoming very sick. Unfortunately they seek the experts after the fact. There are clinicians posing as doctors using illegal substances – some of them unheard of- glues/ cements! It’s unbelievable to me! Save your money and please stick to a #boardcertified professional with a consistent track record in one specified area. I cannot stress this enough. I cannot unsee things like this so it is important to spread #awareness about it! #patientsafety #patienteducation #safesurgery #botchedplasticsurgery #plasticsurgery #kardashianbooty #bbl #buttlift #brazilianbuttlift #illegalsurgery
DON’T trust dodgy medical spas
There’s no denying it – cosmetic surgery, whether invasive or not, carries a hefty price tag. This can make it tempting for people to try and look around for the best deal and even using discounts and deals websites to find treatment at the lowest possible price. This can also lead people to ‘discover’ day spas that offer cosmetics treatments at a cheaper rate, but while you might save a few bucks, the cost could be very great. Many of these spas do not have medical professionals on site, the offices are unregulated and the staff have not received proper training, never mind board certification. Isn’t paying a bit more and seeing a legit cosmetic surgeon worth the price? If you get an infection and land up in the hospital, it definitely is!
Would you trust someone with no medical training at all to know how to deal with a dermal filler complication? #lipfillers #lipsbotched #lipinjections #safetyfirst #safetyinbeautycampaign #botchedsurgery #botchedpatient #botchedbeauty #cosmeticsurgerygonewrong #safetyinbeauty #fillers #botox #beauty
DO follow your aftercare instruction to the tee
In the beginning most of us are pretty vigilant when it comes to taking care of fresh wounds on our bodies, but after a while when they start looking as though their healing, many people think that they are in the clear. Wrong! If your doctor tells you that you need to apply an ointment or scar tape and clean the area twice a day for a certain period of time, do it. This is the only way to ward off bacteria and infection and you want to know that should anything go wrong that you have done all you can and that it isn’t a result of being lax. Getting up close and personal with your wounds regularly also means that you will notice if anything abnormal occurs, such as extreme swelling or oozing, which could be a sign of an allergic reaction which will require immediate medical attention.
DON’T go overboard
Knowing that there are so many options available when it comes to cosmetic surgery and that if we don’t like a certain part of our body we can have it altered until we do means that it can become extremely addictive, and there are a number of people walking around the planet almost permanently covered in bandages to prove it (we’re looking at you, human Ken doll). There are also some people who are naïve enough to think that nobody will notice if their lips suddenly puff up overnight (*cough cough* Kylie Jenner) These are living examples of people who have taken things too far, and it’s important not to get so carried away that you don’t know when to stop and end up looking unnatural.
DO be realistic
There are a lot of cases in the plastic surgery industry of people wanting to look like someone else, like the guy who aspires to be the next Kim Kardashian. You need to take your own facial structure and body proportions into account when you have cosmetic surgery, because Angelina Jolie lips and a Nicki Minaj bum don’t suit everybody, so it’s important to be realistic. It’s also crucial that after invasive surgery you wait for the amount of time the doctor tells you before deciding whether or not you are happy with the results, as it takes a while for all the swelling to subside and the skin to settle. So, until then, withhold initial judgement, refrain from having a major meltdown and just exercise some patience – it’s a virtue, after all.
DON’T lie to your doctors
Transparency is key, especially when it comes to disclosing your bad, and good, habits to your doctors. You might not think that the medicine and vitamins you take every morning or the fact that you smoke one or two cigarettes a day (naughty!) would be of relevance to your doctor, but drugs in your system can react badly with anaesthetic or painkillers you are prescribed post-procedure, and smoking is known to interfere with the healing process and slow down recovery. It is important for the medical professionals to know this so they can plan, treat and medicate you accordingly and minimise any post-op complications so that you can rock your new nose, lips, body or face as soon as possible.
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