A Few Things I Should Have Known Before Going Under the Knife

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

It is common nowadays to have your face enhanced via plastic surgery. Most women are encouraged to go under the knife to achieve the look that they dream for themselves or for even just having the nose that they never had. The women, who undergo reconstructive surgery, have increased in the past 10 years.

Getting work done on your face and on your body is risky but not totally wrong. You should just know a few things before doing so and know what you are getting yourself into. Here are a few things that will help you determine what and what not to do.

  1. Not all surgeons are skilled and qualified

Just because a surgeon had passed the board exams, doesn’t mean that he is a good or experienced plastic surgeon. You have to know how many surgeries they are doing weekly, how long they have been practicing and look for before-and-after photos to judge the quality of his work.

  1. You have to know what you want to do or to change

Never let the surgeon decide for you or what to do with your face. Tell them what you want and bring photos if necessary.

  1. Nothing’s perfect

Yep, no one is and nobody ever will be perfect. Do not let yourself be hyped by thinking that you will look perfect after the surgery. Different, yes but perfect? I don’t think so.

  1. A few regrets may come out after surgery

Regrets do come out at the end. Once you look at the mirror, there is a possibility that you may like how you used to look before the procedure.

  1. A lot of surgeons don’t care about you, they just care about the money

Keep this in mind, that nobody cares more for you than yourself. Pick the right surgeon.

  1. Depression may arise

You cannot do all the things that you used to do like going out with friends and just staying inside your home. You will also feel pain while recovering. It takes time.

  1. It takes a few months to see the result you’ve been wanting

There would be after-surgery swelling and scarring that may take a few months to heal.

  1. Surgery won’t be a solution to fix whatever problem you have in your life

Have you been dumped by your boyfriend? Do you not love your job? All of these won’t go away after your operation.  Before going under the knife, ask yourself why you’re doing it and assess your reasons so no regrets may come after your decision.

So before you go through a procedure, make sure that you know all the risks, get a trusted surgeon and be informed on how the operation should be done.

Delaying Retirement with Plastic Surgery is the New Baby Boomer Trend

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The number of cosmetic surgeries being performed all over the world has increased in the last few years. This does not affect the fact that these surgical procedures are among the most expensive operations undertaken, mainly because they are complex surgical operations that require specialized and skillful surgeons.

Among those that want to undergo plastic surgery are the boomers, as a way for them to stay competitive at work. On the other hand, some others wait until retirement, and consider a cosmetic surgical procedure as their greatest reward.

The most common cosmetic surgeries in the 55-plus age bracket are face-lift, forehead lift, ear reshaping, hair transplant, pectoral implants, and nose reshaping.

In the case of Margaret Cipparrone, 63 years old, her main reason why she wants to undergo plastic surgery is because she is not yet ready to retire. She is a county assistant prosecutor, and would like to keep working. She is financially stable and wants the school loans of her children paid off. She knows she is old but still would like to fit in her workforce, hence the need for cosmetic surgery. Despite her age, Cipparrone does not think that it is time for her to retire.

Another example is a lawyer, 64, who took a long vacation and instead had a face lift. It actually gotten her another ten more years of working in her company.

In line with this, private lenders are stepping in to finance the nips and tucks of these boomers. These firms establish relationships with cosmetic surgery facilities. The data of the lenders are showing that people in their 60s to 80s were asking for loans for plastic surgery such as eyelid lift, face lift and tummy tuck.

Generally, many boomers go through these plastic surgeries because they want to be useful to their families and to the society.

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Cosmetic Surgery Prices – The Cost of Going Under the Knife

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Do you envision yourself lying in the warm beach sand taming your tanned and sculpted body? Well, good for you if you have a naturally voluptuous body, but for others that need a little overhaul, they might need to read this article.

Cosmetic surgery in the United States has seen a surge of procedures done in the past years due to the fact that having surgery out of your whim and not only because you need it to reform deformities is now acceptable and a commonplace – no big deal.

The end justifies the means they say, so you want to end up to become the sexier and more beautiful you so you should learn how much the means cost.

  • Liposuction – also known as lipoplasty, is an operation to remove fat from certain parts of the body. The cosmetic surgery price of “lipo” ranges from as low as $1500 to as high as ten times of that. The price varies as the number of areas from which the fat is removed increases.
  • Face lift or rhytidectomy, is a procedure to remove wrinkles from and generally aged face ad has a price range of $7000 to $9000. Getting a facelift has become an ordinary procedure as no one cares much about the result except if the difference is drastic.
  • Rhinoplasty also known as nose lift is a procedure that aims to restructure the nose for functional or aesthetic reasons. Prices range from $2000 to $10000.
  • Breast augmentation is a surgery to insert breast implants that is commonly used to improve a woman’s appearance. Breast implants can be saline or silicone and the price range of either type is from $2000 to $8000. Breast implant removal however, is at $1000 to $4000.
  • Mastopexy or breast lift procedure involves raising sagging breast and is prices at $2000 to $8000.
  • Breast reduction on the other hand averages at $5000 to $6000
  • Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is used to reshape or tuck the upper or lower eyelids to provide you a more youthful look and is priced at $1000 to $6000.

So, are you ready to flaunt that body? But first, prepare your budget for cosmetic procedures.

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The Most Common Misconceptions About Cosmetic Surgery

Sunday, December 21st, 2014
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Cosmetic surgery remains one of the hottest trends and topics today as far as vanity and beautification go. However, it is pretty amazing how a lot of aspiring cosmetic surgery patients know so little truth about it. Try to ask your friend who wanted a cosmetic surgery done for the longest time and he/she would probably mention at least one of these common misconceptions.

  1. Cosmetic surgery can also be referred to as plastic surgery.

This most definitely tops the list. The general public thinks that cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are interchangeable and have the same meaning.

Truth is these two are closely related but not the same. Cosmetic surgery is actually a subspecialty of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery, in general, is focused on repair and/or reconstruction to obtain a normal appearance and function whereas cosmetic surgery mainly focuses on enhancing one’s appearance regardless if it is well functioning or not.

  1. Breast augmentation corrects sagging breasts.

Breast augmentation is another term for breast implants, which are designed to make the breasts look larger. However, it is not designed to raise the nipples or the breast itself.

If you want to perk up your breasts, go for a breast lift instead. This cosmetic surgery procedure will tighten the skin in your breasts and raise it. However, a breast lift would not make your breasts look bigger.

  1. Liposuction is the easiest route to lose weight.

If you are rich, you might have heard someone tell you that you can eat whatever you want and just simply go for a liposuction afterwards. This is absolutely wrong.

For anyone interested in liposuction, the correct procedure would be to lose as much weight as you can first before the cosmetic surgeon does the procedure (if there is still a need to). Another fact is that liposuction removes the fat cells but not the cellulite. Hence, this may actually give a dimpled look, which could make it look more horrible than normal.

These are just some of the most common cosmetic surgery myths today that should be totally busted. People who are interested in cosmetic surgery should do his/her own research in order to be knowledgeable and decide more accurately on what to do.

The Common Options for Cosmetic Surgery Financing

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Gone are the days when only the rich and famous can have a cosmetic surgery done. Today, even the ordinary people or even students can get a cosmetic surgery through the different ways of cosmetic surgery financing.

Cosmetic surgery clinics have realized that offering financing for their services is a great way to do marketing and increase their profit. Indeed, it has been. Cosmetic surgery financing is heaven sent for those who have always wanted to change and improve a physical feature but never had the means to do so.

If you have always wanted to have a cosmetic surgery done either for medical or aesthetic reasons, you will find these common options for cosmetic surgery financing helpful:

  • Insurance

There are health insurances that do cover some cosmetic surgeries. Check your plan or get a plan with it to save more. You might still be required to pay the surgeon’s professional fee though.

  • Discounts for Multiple Procedures

Discounts are usually offered for multiple cosmetic surgeries done in one schedule. Some clinics or hospitals even offer basic packages for the common cosmetic procedures.

  • Credit Card Deferred Payments

Some cosmetic surgery clinics today have actually partnered up with banks and now offer deferred payments for certain credit card holders. You would be extremely lucky if they throw it in at a 0% interest.

  • Bank or Institution Financing

There are certain banks that offer loans though you may have to consider it a personal loan. There also are certain financial institutions that offer loans specific to cosmetic surgeries.

Cosmetic surgery financing is undoubtedly a great way to afford a cosmetic procedure for your benefit. However, everyone must also understand that not everything is included in financing. Common exclusions would be the medications and other stuff for taking care of the sutures and stitches after the surgery.

How to Find the Right Cosmetic Surgeon

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

With the recent increase in medical malpractices caused by people who only claim to be cosmetic surgeons, the more reason for everyone to be extremely careful in choosing their picks. While price may forever be a major factor to consider, do not fall for ridiculously cheap deals that instantly raise a red flag.

Any cosmetic surgeon has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for numerous years of education, training, and experience. If you are decided to undergo a cosmetic surgery, then you must not only be emotionally and physically prepared but financially prepared as well.

But how exactly do you look for the right cosmetic surgeon in a city probably full of it? Here are some quick guidelines as outlined by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to help patients find certified plastic surgeons:

  • Check Board Certification

This is the number one indicator that a person has successfully finished his/her medical education, training, and surgical specialty. For cosmetic surgeons/plastic surgeons, they must have certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery or ABPS.

  • Ask for ASAPS Membership

This membership ensures that the cosmetic surgeon you have found has a significant experience in the field of cosmetic surgery as this membership is strictly by invitation only.

  • Look for Accredited Facilities

If you have chosen a cosmetic or plastic surgeon who is an ASAPS member, this should not be a problem as all of them works only in accredited facilities. However, not all office-based facilities are accredited so be very careful and check if the surgeon operates on an accredited facility.

  • Look for Reliable Sources

The best route to go here is to ask your longtime primary care physician for a referral to a plastic surgeon he/she knows. You can also ask your friends and relatives which they think is the best based on their experience.

  • Research on Surgeon’s Experience and Feedback

Research on the internet or ask around for anyone who has tried the services of the cosmetic surgeon you are referred to. Former or current patient’s feedbacks will give you an idea of his/her service.

Through all these, always be reminded of the risks and complications when you agree to undergo a cosmetic surgery. You are putting your well-being on the hands of your cosmetic surgeon so it is imperative that you find the right one.

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