When the words “plastic surgery” come to mind, some might picture results that look fake and unnatural. This could likely be attributed to the many celebrities, such as Melanie Griffith and Heidi Montag, who have been known to go overboard with their cosmetic procedures. After undergoing several different types of surgeries and then revision upon revision of those surgeries, people often stop looking like themselves. The main goal of plastic surgery is not to dramatically change how a person looks but rather to enhance or rejuvenate a person’s appearance. If you want natural-looking plastic surgery results, it is all about planning properly for your procedure, doing the research, and communicating with your surgeon.
Deciding if Plastic Surgery Is Right for You
Whether you are considering breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, or a facelift, it is important that you take the correct steps to make sure you are ready for plastic surgery. If you are interested in undergoing plastic surgery and are afraid of looking too plastic, there are many aspects you should consider in order to achieve natural-looking results, such as:
- Are you physically healthy enough for plastic surgery? Patients should not have any serious medical problems and should be in good health before undergoing a surgical procedure. If a patient is not healthy enough for surgery, they may develop complications that prevent them from achieving ideal, natural-looking results. Plastic surgery candidates do not smoke or are willing to quit at least a few weeks before their surgery and through their recovery process. It is recommended that patients have their primary care physician evaluate their health and perform any necessary medical tests to be cleared for surgery.
- Are you realistic in your expectations and willing to openly communicate those expectations to your surgeon? Some patients expect a dramatic change in their face or body when they undergo a surgical procedure, while others are worried that there will be too much change that appears unnatural. However, plastic surgery is simply meant to tweak a person’s natural features to create an improved or more youthful version of them. Patients should research their procedure of choice and review before and after photos to help them get a better idea of what results they can potentially achieve. Once you understand the results you desire, have an open and honest conversation with your surgeon about your goals and concerns.
- Is your surgeon ABPS board certified? Choosing a surgeon who is skilled and experienced in plastic surgery and board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is of the utmost importance when it comes to achieving your goals. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has a list of questions to ask your plastic surgeon to prepare for your cosmetic surgery consultation.
The best way to achieve natural-looking plastic surgery results is to research, prepare, and talk to a qualified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Wald. To learn more, contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.