The Secret to Getting the Best Plastic Surgery Results
The media makes it clear that it’s imperative to choose a qualified plastic surgeon to perform your cosmetic procedure. It seems like new stories of botched surgeries surface on a weekly, if not daily, basis. Unfortunately, surgeons who are not board certified in plastic surgery are offering the same results at a cheaper price – but at a much greater risk. If you want to be confident that you are in the right hands, the obvious solution is to choose a highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Although this is incredibly important, it is only half of the equation to getting the best results with your surgery. What is less commonly known is that surgical success also depends highly on you, the patient. Here are a few tips you can follow to get the best results possible.
There are two very important things to communicate with your surgeon during your initial consultation: your health history and your expectations for the procedure.
Your health history is very important to convey to your surgeon because certain medications or previous surgeries could impact the way your body responds to this particular surgery. Tell your surgeon if you smoke or drink alcohol, and inform your surgeon of any vitamins and medications (prescription and over-the-counter) you are taking.
If you don’t communicate your expectations for the procedure, your surgeon may not be able to satisfy them. You do not have to know the exact incision location you want, the particular surgical technique, or any other detailed information, but you should be able to tell your surgeon your main concerns. Are you concerned with scarring, complications, recovery time, cost, or excess skin? As you tell your surgeon your concerns, he or she can customize the procedure to meet your needs.
You should also view plenty of before and after photos of patients who have a similar body type to yours and discuss these pictures with your surgeon. Your surgeon can factor in your desires along with your health history and physical anatomy to develop the best surgical plan.
2. Follow post-operative instructions
The ability for a patient to heal well and to heal quickly is highly subjective, and this is sometimes out of the patient’s control. However, you can significantly speed up the healing process and reduce the risk of developing infection if you follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions. For example, after a rhinoplasty, you should not tamper with your bandages or put pressure on your nose. Swelling after your procedure may take a long time to subside, and, depending on the procedure, the final results may not be seen for several months. Smoking will slow the healing process exponentially, so following your surgeon’s advice not to smoke is imperative. You should also avoid any medications your surgeon tells you to avoid and follow all other postoperative instructions your surgeon gives you.
3. Take care of yourself
The best way to maintain your results after surgery is to take care of yourself. Maintain your weight by eating a healthy diet and regularly exercising, and be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater every day. Cosmetic surgery can reverse the signs of aging, but it does not stop the aging process or prevent weight gain from occurring.
If you are interested in transforming your appearance with cosmetic procedures offered in the San Francisco Bay Area, please contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kimberly Henry. Call (415) 924-1313 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation today.