Taming the Biggest Cosmetic Surgery Fear
When patients consult us about cosmetic surgery in New York, we hear about their fears as well as their dreams. Some are concerned about downtime—that’s a legitimate consideration. Others worry about “going under” general anesthesia; read why we use twilight sedation instead.
By far the most common fear patients express, though, is the notion that they might be disappointed with their surgical results. It can indeed be difficult to visualize how you might look after your recovery, so what can you do to increase your chances of success?
Choose Your Plastic Surgeon Wisely
You might guess that our number one piece of advice for prospective New York cosmetic surgery patients is to choose their doctor carefully. We mean that your plastic surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery—the highest and most rigorous standard you will find. It’s a good idea to visit the website and learn just what it takes to be certified.
But depending on the procedure you have in mind, you may need to go a step further and examine your plastic surgeon’s level of experience in detail. For instance, since eyelid surgery is such a delicate operation with potentially disastrous—although low—risks, you need to be sure your surgeon is highly skilled and confident with this form of cosmetic surgery.
The same can be said for man boob surgery. It may seem that reducing oversized breasts for guys might be an operation most cosmetic surgeons can perform with ease, but it’s simply not so. Creating masculine contours when excess breast gland and fat are present is a significant challenge. We know—we perform revision gynecomastia surgery each year for dozens of guys who initially selected a less experienced doctor.
Make Good Decisions
Another way to increase the chances you’ll be pleased with your results is for you to make good decisions as you plan your procedure. One example is choosing breast implants. When we work with patients seeking breast augmentation with implants in New York, we steer them toward a size that will look natural. We can and will offer extra-large implants when women have their minds made up, but we make sure they understand that it’s possible they will want to downsize later on.
Know What Your Money is Buying
Cosmetic surgery should be considered carefully and viewed as an investment, not a spur-of-the moment beauty aid. It is not cheap nor should it be. Though we understand it can be a challenge to budget for, we also believe it can be a comfort to cover the cost of getting it right.
When you’re paying for a seasoned, board certified plastic surgeon and their practice, here’s what you’ll receive:
• The benefits of top-notch skills and experience from the surgeon and their staff
• Modern medical equipment in a spotless environment
• The very best in materials, medications, instruments and other surgical necessities
• Hospital admitting privileges in case of an emergency
• Careful, considerate, thorough before and after care
It should be reassuring to know that instead of choosing cut-rate services that may be available, you’re giving yourself optimal care for what is, after all, a procedure that involves your health.
Be Ready to Care for Yourself
Which brings us to our final point. You’ve already seen that you have a big role to play when it comes to realizing the best possible surgical outcome. One more important task is to take good care of yourself. You should be ready to be honest with your cosmetic surgeon about your lifestyle and follow his or her instructions to the letter for the pre- and post-surgical periods. This can mean stopping or at least suspending a smoking habit, taking the time off work you truly need for recovery and more.
Trust us, it will be worthwhile!
If you’d like to talk with us about cosmetic surgery in New York, call our Park Avenue offices at 212-570-6080 today. We’d love to meet you!