Helpful Advice For People Considering Cosmetic Surgery
Making the decision to have cosmetic surgery is not always an easy one. While the possibilities are exciting, you may not know what to expect, or how to go through the process. Here are some tips to help you. The better prepared you will be for the surgery, and everything that goes along with it.
Find out how long it will take you to recover after the surgery. Ask about how much pain you should expect. Perhaps you should take painkillers, or plan on spending a few days in bed after your surgery. Make all the arrangements necessary before, going to surgery if you should expect a long recovery.
When looking at any type of surgery, you should always be prepared for problems. This is even more true with plastic surgery, as you also have the chance of a botched job. This isn't meant to scare you off, just as a reminder to have the number of a back-up surgeon on hand.
Surgery is very expensive and it makes doctors a lot of money, which is why you need to be extremely careful about where your money is going. Check your doctor's background and read some reviews. Do not get lured into using a surgeon just because they have a brochure that makes things look perfect.
Ask about different options for the anesthesia. For major interventions, a general anesthesia is best, but you should know about the risks involved. You have the right to ask for a general or a local anesthesia but do more research so you can make an educated decision. Ask your surgeon to have a qualified nurse assists him or her for the anesthesia if necessary.
Choosing to go through with cosmetic surgery can be a hard decision to make. Hopefully, the tips in this article have made you feel more comfortable about making the decision. Also more aware of the topics you need to keep in mind, when you make a decision like that. Good luck!
Dr. Marcel F. Daniels
1760 Termino Avenue
Long Beach CA 90804
Phone: (562) 597-4575
Board certified plastic surgeons have a very diverse training experience because we do not own a particular body part such as an Orthopedic or an ENT surgeon and we must be prepared to reconstruct or rejuvenate all parts of the body when the demand arises. Those who felt the calling to become plastic surgeons out of medical school realized their gifts and talents that could be offered to patients pertain to their unique skills of three dimensional thinking and artistic perspective to be able to see the problem and formulate a solution no matter how complicated the deformity exists.
I am troubled by the notion that patients think that facial filler agents, neurotoxins, LASERS, non-invasive contouring machines and other technologies or even surgery will work the exact same way no matter who is providing the services. I feel that Madison Avenue and corporate greed is mostly to blame because all aesthetic companies want to sell the product and place it in as many provider hands as possible to deliver their product to the masses. Many products can provide safe, and reproducible results in the right hands but in the untrained provider can result in injuries, poor outcomes and unhappy patients. None of these products are dirt cheap so why go to a clinician who is unable to critically analyze the face or body because of the lack of years of extended training. Remember if you can’t see the problem correctly then you can’t formulate a proper solution. My analogy for this situation is you can give a novice and a true artist the exact same canvas, paint and palate and ask each to create their masterpiece I hazard to guess there will be a distinct difference in outcome and quality. Why risk your face and body or your wallet to chance go to a true trained professional in aesthetic procedures. All providers are not created equal. Plastic surgeon have a unique training and perspective which I can assure you results in better outcomes.
As an example of why I feel uniquely qualified to analyze faces and what can be provided to achieve your aesthetic goals look to my experience as a craniofacial plastic surgeon who spent years mastering the art and science of the rehabilitation of the child with cleft lip and palate. It requires great understanding of the biology of the facial structures of bone, teeth, muscle, skin, fat, and cartilage and how growth and wound healing affects theses structure over time. Typically the child undergoes a lip and initial nose repair at three months of age with or without pre-surgical orthopedic repositioning of the bony segments. Followed by cleft palate repair at age six months to reposition the muscles that move the palate and close the hole between the nose and mouth. The third surgery to repair the cleft of the bone which house the teeth utilizing bone from the hip is performed somewhere around five to six years of age. After a period of six months then the cleft nasal repair is performed to balance the nasal tip with cartilage taken from the back of an ear. Additional surgeries may be required to improve speech function or revise the lip scar. We work closely with ENT’s, speech therapist, orthodontist and pediatric dentist to achieve excellent results.
Dr. Marcel F. Daniels
1760 Termino Ave, Long Beach, CA 90804