Do We Shame Those Who Have Plastic Surgery?

Posted in Uncategorized | August 20, 2015

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Plastic surgery isn’t new. It’s not like it’s something that has just been invented. In 1000 AD, rhinoplasty was a common procedure. In 1798, the term “plastic surgery” was coined. And the first modern rhinoplasty was performed in 1923. So, to say that plastic surgery is a new phenomenon is incorrect.

Plastic surgery isn’t uncommon, either. In 2014, there were 15.6 million cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. The number of plastic surgery procedures has gone up 5% since 2011. Top procedures include: Botox, breast augmentation, soft tissue fillers, liposuction, and facelifts. The chances are overwhelming that you know someone who has had plastic surgery. In fact, you probably know more than one!

If plastic surgery isn’t new, and it’s a popular procedure, then why is there such a negative connotation associated with it? Some might say it’s because of the cost of plastic surgery. There are some people who pay $100,000 to look like their favorite celebrity, but that isn’t the norm. Even if it were, we don’t mind when that celebrity buys a $500,000 car. We don’t shame them for throwing their money away, when a $20,000 car would have gotten them where they needed to go.

Others might say that it’s a risky procedure, and you shouldn’t risk your life for a cosmetic procedure, but plastic surgery isn’t necessarily risky. When performed by a board certified plastic surgeon, it is relatively safe.

If it’s not the cost, or the risk either, what is it that makes us shame those who get plastic surgery? Based on recent research, it’s because we think of those who have plastic surgery as insecure and shallow. We tend to think that all they care about are their looks, and that they are reinforcing the narcissism in our culture.

Our society does have a problem with body image. We push images of what we think the perfect body should look like. People are bombarded by these ideal standards, and we emphasize that if you don’t look like that, then you are inadequate. And the kicker is that most of these images are photo-shopped to a body type that is unattainable for most people.

Yes, there are people who go into plastic surgery for the wrong reasons. Too much plastic surgery can be bad, but most of the people who are getting plastic surgery today have realistic expectations. They understand what they are getting into, and they know they aren’t going to come out looking what society considers perfect.

Most people who get plastic surgery are doing it to feel better about themselves. There is something on their body that they aren’t happy with, and they choose to change it.

We shame people who have had plastic surgery, and call them vain or superficial, when we have no idea why they got plastic surgery. There also are real benefits to plastic surgery. Those who have had plastic surgery for the right reasons are reported to be happier and healthier, and have an improved quality of life. They also report to have a much higher self-esteem.

People shouldn’t have to be ashamed of plastic surgery. They shouldn’t have to try to hide the fact that they tried to fix something about themselves, and we as a society shouldn’t shame them.

We should show them the same respect we give people who have made other types of body modifications.

We think of people with tattoos or piercings as artistic individuals who are showing their individualism. We don’t talk down to people who wear makeup or dye their hair. How is that any different? That’s changing a part of yourself because you want to be happy, and it’s just as superficial. Your hair color doesn’t really make or break who you are. But you dye your hair because you want it to be different. Just like you want some other part of your body to be different.

We shouldn’t judge people for wanting to be happy. We have three inalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We should be able to pursue our happiness without judgment from others.


What Does “Board Certified Plastic Surgeon” Mean and Why Does It Matter?

Posted in Uncategorized | August 20, 2015

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If you are thinking about having plastic surgery, then you need to find a qualified surgeon who knows what they are doing. Plastic surgery is a life-altering procedure. You will live with the results for the rest of your life. For something as important as altering your body, you want to make sure that you pick a surgeon who has the correct training and plenty of experience in the procedure that you are considering.

One way to ensure that you are getting a quality surgeon who has the experience necessary to perform your surgery is to make sure they are board certified in plastic surgery. Some people think that you don’t need to make sure someone is board certified—that state medical boards ensure surgeons are qualified—but that’s not true. The government does not require a surgeon to be specifically trained in the procedures they offer (for example, a gynecologist can perform liposuction believe it or not), or that the doctor even be a surgeon to do your surgery! That is why it is important to know that your surgeon is certified in what you are seeking – “board certified in plastic surgery.”

What Is Board Certification?

Before we go into what board certification is, you need to understand the difference in types of plastic surgery. A plastic surgeon performs both reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. A plastic surgeon performs procedures to improve function and construct a normal appearance – reconstructive surgery, which tries to treat conditions that have caused an abnormal change in the body. It is important to note the word “treat” here. This type of surgery is considered needed and not elective.

To become a plastic surgeon, a physician must first complete a residency in plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery an important part of their training. After their residency, surgeons work toward certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. To become a certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a surgeon must go through at least 3 years of general surgery training, 2 years of plastic surgery training, and a residency program; pass comprehensive written and oral examinations; and adhere to a code of medical ethics.

Cosmetic surgery is primarily focused on enhancing a patient’s appearance, usually with no medical condition present. Whereas reconstructive plastic surgery focuses on procedures like a cleft palate, hand surgery, breast reconstruction, and other reconstructive surgeries, cosmetic procedures include breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, facelifts, etc.

Why Is Board Certification Important?

Board certification is an additional voluntary credential that a physician chooses to get after medical school and a residency program. It isn’t mandatory, but it adds extra training that gives a surgeon more experience in their field. By choosing a plastic or cosmetic surgeon who is certified by the appropriate board, you get an extra level of expertise on your procedure.

This means there is less of a chance that something is going to go wrong during your surgery. A lot of botched plastic surgery procedures are from surgeons who aren’t certified, and who have had little to no formal training in these types of procedures.

Any physician can call himself or herself a plastic surgeon. When trying to decide on a surgeon for your procedure, make sure to ask if they are board certified in plastic surgery. You can always check them out yourself. You can find out if a surgeon is certified or not by checking online with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

In the end, you want to make sure you get a surgeon who is qualified for the procedure that you are considering, and that you are comfortable with them. Plastic surgery is a big deal, and you want to make sure you feel comfortable with the surgeon operating on you. It’s not a problem if you decide to get a second opinion. This is a life changing procedure, and you want to take your time finding the best surgeon for you.


Cosmetic vs. Plastic Surgery

Posted in Uncategorized | August 17, 2015

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Think plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are the same thing? Think again. While both plastic and cosmetic surgeries are trying to improve the patient’s body, they are very different. Don’t feel bad, though, if you’ve always thought they were one and the same. Most people don’t know or realize the differences between them. Because a lot of plastic surgeons tend to focus on cosmetic procedures, the terms have incorrectly become interchangeable. However, it is important for you to understand the difference between the two practices and the surgeons, especially if you are considering going under the knife for either type. All surgeons have different levels of training and, if you are going to have surgery, you want to make sure you pick the best surgeon for your needs.

Plastic Surgery

The goal of plastic surgery is to repair defects in order to construct a normal function and appearance. The main purpose is to improve function from congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, infections, injuries, surgeries, tumors, or other diseases. A way to think about this is that plastic surgery tries to treat conditions that have caused an abnormal change in body shape or appearance. The key word here is treatment; there is something wrong, and you want it fixed in order to improve your health. Most people consider this type of surgery not to be elective, instead, needed. Plastic surgery is intended to correct areas that do not function properly and to reconstruct them.

Common types of plastic surgery procedures include:

• Cleft Palate
• Hand Surgery
• Breast reconstruction
• Scar revision surgery
• Burn repair surgery

In order to become a plastic surgeon, a physician must first complete a general surgery residency, and then a two-year residency in plastic surgery. While a plastic surgery residency will normally include cosmetic surgery as a portion of the training, they typically do not go over every cosmetic procedure. After their residency, surgeons work toward certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is focused primarily on enhancing a patient’s appearance, usually with no medical condition present. However, this is not always the case. Cosmetic surgery can be in order to try to fix a medical condition that is no longer an issue. An example of this would be if a patient were to go through a massive weight loss, and is now seeking surgery for the excessive skin. In this case, doctors and most insurance companies would consider it cosmetic, because it is not needed for their general health. It is elective, because even though the area might not be aesthetically appealing, it functions properly.

Cosmetic surgery is done to reshape structures of the body for the purpose of improving the patient’s appearance and self-esteem. Examples of popular cosmetic surgeries include:

• Breast augmentation
• Breast lift
• Breast reduction
• Rhinoplasty
• Facelift
• Tummy tuck
• Liposuction
• Botox
• Filler treatments

It is important to consider, especially when looking for a cosmetic surgeon, that not only are the practices different, the training for them is, too. There are currently no residency programs in the United States for cosmetic surgery. There are some that will include cosmetic procedures, but, in order to gain the experience and training necessary, cosmetic surgeons must go through a post residency fellowship. Every surgeon that is board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery has completed a 1-year fellowship solely in cosmetic surgery. During this fellowship, they will receive the proper training in every cosmetic procedure, and they will perform a minimum of 300 individual cosmetic surgery procedures.

Whether you end up looking for a plastic surgeon, or a cosmetic surgeon, it is completely dependent on your needs. Keep in mind that they are trained in a certain area for a reason. A cosmetic surgeon is going to have a lot more training and expertise in a breast augmentation than a plastic surgeon. Just like a plastic surgeon will know more about burn repair surgeries. Regardless of what type of surgeon you choose, make sure you consider their certifications. Board certified surgeons should be able to prove they are certified, and, if you want, you can check online through the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery or the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Keep in mind that just because a surgeon claims to be board certified, it doesn’t mean they are. Many people have gone through botched procedures because they didn’t check to see the surgeon’s qualifications. This can lead to multiple surgeries to fix the problem—or permanent damage.


8 Characteristics which Good Plastic Surgery Candidates All Share

Posted in Uncategorized | August 17, 2015

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Plastic surgery is popular and being sought by millions, but it isn’t necessarily for everyone. Not everyone who wants plastic surgery makes a good candidate for going under the knife, and only your plastic surgeon can help determine who makes a good candidate. It is important to understand that the surgery includes more than just being operated on. It includes the anesthesia, the operation, and the postoperative recovery. It might not be as straightforward as you might think, and there are a lot of variables to consider when thinking about plastic surgery. If you are thinking about having plastic surgery, consider the following 8 qualities that make good candidates for surgery.

1. You are healthy.

Most younger, healthy adults are good candidates. This means you don’t have any major health concerns, and any minor problems are well controlled. But health goes past what conditions you may or may not have. Health also encompasses your physical activity. Good candidates are those who try to eat healthfully and exercise regularly. Exercising helps you have better circulation and lower inflammatory responses, both of which help you with faster and better healing. Your diet can also determine how fast you will heal.

2. You don’t smoke.

Smoking can have a lot of negative effects on plastic surgery and is perhaps the biggest factor for a plastic surgeon to consider when evaluating patients. First, it can decrease your circulation and blood flow, which can hinder how much the doctor can do and can prevent healing well. Smokers also have been reported to need more anesthesia and pain medication. If you do smoke and are considering plastic surgery, stop now.

3. Your weight is stable.

Your weight is also a factor that should be considered when deciding if you are a good candidate for plastic surgery. A person with a lower weight is going to have better results with plastic surgery. This goes back to your being healthy. Being overweight isn’t healthy, and it can hinder your healing process. Obesity can complicate surgery even more and has its own set of problems. But having a healthy weight isn’t the only aspect you should consider about your weight. A stable weight is also desirable. Extreme increases and decreases in weight can affect the results of surgery.

4. You’re old enough.

Although not every procedure has an age restriction, considering your age is a big factor in whether or not you are ready for surgery. Most procedures, like breast augmentation, have established age guidelines that have to be followed. It doesn’t necessarily have to be age alone. Sometimes emotional maturity is more important than age. Plastic surgery is a life-altering procedure, and you want to make sure you are emotionally ready to handle it. Being mature enough will help you get positive results.

5. You’re not pregnant.

While this might seem like a no-brainer, there are women who come in asking for plastic surgery who are pregnant. You should not be considering plastic surgery while pregnant. Just like surgery is not good for your pregnancy, your pregnancy is not good for surgery. Adding pregnancy to the list of other variables to consider just makes the surgery more risky. Having a baby already changes your body chemistry, and you should wait until it is over to make these decisions about plastic surgery.

6. You’re not taking medications.

Being on medications is not an automatic denial for your plastic surgery, but it should be something you review and discuss with your doctor in detail before having an operation. Medications can affect surgery in a number of ways. Some medications can lead to increased bleeding, some can affect the healing processes, and some can interact with the anesthetics. It might be that you can just go off your medicines for a period leading up to the surgery, but that is something your doctor should advise you on. It is important to be completely honest about all medications with your doctor.

7. You know it’s not a quick fix.

As said earlier, surgery is more than just the operation. There is also a lengthy post-operation period for most procedures. That doesn’t mean your life has to stop for months after the procedure, but you need to understand that your life will change afterwards, and there will be things you need to do after having plastic surgery. Knowing this beforehand will make the post-op time better for you, and help your doctor know this is something you want and have seriously considered.

8. You have reasonable expectations.

If you are going into plastic surgery with unrealistic expectations, then you will probably be left disappointed. Plastic surgeons are doctors, not magicians. Not everything can be accomplished. Going in with reasonable expectations that can be met will make you a better candidate, because you aren’t going to be left disappointed and upset.


Psychological Benefits of Plastic Surgery

Posted in Uncategorized | July 16, 2015

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You wake up in the morning and cringe slightly the moment you look in the mirror. You try to avoid catching glimpses of your reflection in a window, or a moving car, because the moment you do, you know you’ll regret it, but you can’t help it. If someone stares at you for too long you know they’re judging you (whether they really are or not). This sickness eats away at you every moment of the day. Maybe it’s the mole on your face, or the little flab underneath your chin, or the extra skin on your lower abdomen. You can’t stand the way you look and no matter what you do, you don’t feel beautiful.

Body image issues are a real and terrible matter. The negative thoughts poisoning your mind and leading you to believe you aren’t beautiful continue to erode your self-confidence until there is nothing left. You’ve considered plastic surgery, but quickly rejected the idea because everyone else might judge you. Everyone else might think it was superficial, or the easy way out. But is it ‘easy’ not loving yourself on a daily basis?

The truth is that your destructive thoughts are a far more important issue than what someone else is going to think. Take your mental health and wellness into your own hands and silence all the other noise. Why should you have to sacrifice your own happiness for the opinions of others? There are real psychological benefits to plastic surgery that can make you feel beautiful and happy again. After all, there is no price tag for your own happiness.

There is a plethora of positive and negative information surrounding plastic surgery, but the bottom line is that studies show there are incredible psychological benefits to plastic surgery that cannot be matched. A study recently conducted by Sage Journals depicts the incredible outcomes that come from plastic surgery, including improving social phobia, severe anxiety, depression, and increasing general self-esteem. Additionally, many people reported that their quality of life improved because they began to love themselves more. According to Psych Central, “improvements in the women’s self-esteem and sexual satisfaction were directly correlated with having undergone breast augmentation.” Women who undergo breast augmentation are generally happier and feel sexier, which in turn improves their sex life. And let us not exclude men from these surgeries. Many studies have revealed that men that go through plastic surgery come out feeling stronger and more confident in the end.

This isn’t to say the sexier or prettier you are the happier you are, but rather, the sexier and prettier you feel directly correlate with how happy you are. Maybe you have been trying everything possible to lose those last couple pounds and nothing you are doing is helping because you have a hypothyroid problem. There is nothing worth sacrificing your own happiness when there is a completely viable cure. Or if you have a physical deformity that causes you embarrassment every time you set one foot out the door. Do not torture yourself anymore. No one should have to go through a life with such mental torture. Studies have shown that the removal of physical deformities results in an immediate boost of self-confidence and happiness.

There is no shame in admitting that you need help. There are some battles that are impossible to face all on our own. And there are people in this world willing to help you feel better about yourself. Plastic surgery could be the exact ripple effect that you need. The moment you start loving your face, or your body, you can be yourself again without apologizing. You can walk with confidence everywhere you go and not have to dread looking in the mirror or catching your reflection in the window of a moving car. You will finally be free to go out in public and socialize with your peers without fear. Maybe you will have the confidence to ask out that girl or guy at work, or change in front of your husband again.

Most of all, you won’t need anyone else’s approval but your own. Studies everywhere display the benefits of loving yourself, and by far the most important one is gaining your own approval. We’ve all heard that we are our worst enemy when it comes to criticism, but it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. The minute you start loving yourself, the less critical you are, and the more open you will become to living a life of happiness.

So why wait any longer?


4 Problem Areas You Can Fix with Lipo

Posted in Uncategorized | July 16, 2015

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It’s human nature to want to look our best. We tend to home in on our imperfections and get frustrated when we can’t seem to just fix the problem. The truth is, we can eat healthfully and exercise all we want, but there will always be things that are beyond our control.

A liposuction is a great option for anyone who is having a tough time getting rid of stubborn fat or who needs more definition in their body. It even helps get rid of cellulite. Although it is a surgical procedure, it’s a common one, so there have been quite a lot of success stories to come out of it.

Here are five problem areas that you can fix with liposuction:

  1. Jawline

First impressions are important, and most people will notice someone’s face before they notice anything else. If your jawline is sagging, or you have a double chin, you may be looking a bit aged.

Liposuction can take years off of your face by slimming down your jawline. It can also get rid of the dreaded double chin and get rid of excess fat in the upper neck area. You can feel confident when people look at your face, instead of constantly worrying about whether or not they are staring at your jawline. There is also a neck liposuction procedure available for those who feel they have too much fat deposit around their necks.

  1. Torso

Even the most slender women struggle with fat deposits in their back and upper torso. It’s especially embarrassing when there are areas that bulge out around bras and bikini tops.

Liposuction can be used to contour your body and get rid of those trouble areas. You can finally go to the beach feeling confident. If you’re doing liposuction to your stomach and love handles, you may also want to consider getting rid of the fat in your back and upper torso.

  1. Breasts

Some women need surgical breast reduction, but others simply need a subtle reshaping of their breasts. Liposuction offers a scar-free way to get rid of excess fatty tissue in the breast area.

Don’t forget, liposuction can only do subtle reshaping, not a full reduction.

  1. Male Chest

Nearly 60% of men suffer from gynecomastia, which is when a man develops enlarged breasts. This can occur as a side effect of certain drugs, as a result of rapid weight gain, or because of hormonal changes in the body.

Liposuction can sculpt the chest for a more muscular, firm, and defined look. It’s an opportunity to feel more masculine and look your best.

Liposuction isn’t for everyone, but if you are simply tired of being unhappy with certain parts of your body, it may be worth considering. If you’re looking into getting liposuction, be sure to do your research and make sure you are comfortable with the procedure.

If you get lipo to get rid of your fat and lose weight, make sure to eat healthfully and work out so that you can keep it off. Gaining back the weight is possible if you do not adapt to a healthier lifestyle. Some individuals have even had to return for a second (and sometimes a third) liposuction procedure for the same area. Liposuction gives you an opportunity to start fresh, so use that opportunity to take better care of your body.

Once you’ve made a decision on what part of your body you’d like to do liposuction on, you should consult a board certified plastic surgeon. Be sure to choose one who has a good reputation, and who has before and after photos available for you to preview.

Be sure to ask questions such as:

  • Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
  • What, realistically speaking, will be my results in a best case scenario?
  • How long will my recovery period be?
  • What risks and complications are associated with liposuction?
  • How will my body look over a long period of time? What if I go through a pregnancy?

These should help you get on the right track, and they will help you verify if this is what you truly want.


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