Men and women turn to plastic surgery for many different reasons—some of these are purely aesthetic chosen by patients hoping to increase their confidence, while others are selected for improved comfort and functionality. Plastic surgery can enhance both of these areas: aesthetics and comfort; however, just like anything else, surgery does have its limits. Before you undergo your cosmetic procedure, it is best to understand what plastic surgery can and cannot do so you can ensure that your expectations remain realistic.
You Will Still Be You
Many patients go into their consultation with the image of a celebrity and the statement: “I want their nose,” or “I want their chin.” Unfortunately, plastic surgery does not work like that. No matter how many procedures you undergo, you can never guarantee that your results will physically match another person. For starters, your genetics will often not allow for it. Everyone has a different bone structure, and that may or may not be able to be altered through surgery. Also, it is challenging, if not impossible, to know how you are going to heal and how your results will take shape. The important thing to remember, especially when it comes to facial surgery, is that all of your different facial features work together to create your facial appearance, and mimicking one facial feature is not enough to make you look like them.
Bringing in photos is a good practice as long as you understand that they are there as a guideline. Attributes and similarities can be taken from these photos, and they can be helpful for Dr. Corbin in understanding what type of results you are interested in. For instance, if you are undergoing rhinoplasty, providing a photo of a nose that you find aesthetically beautiful can help Dr. Corbin plan a strategy that will combine your physical needs with your aesthetic wishes. The same goes for any procedure, whether it be facelift surgery, chin augmentation, or even breast augmentation.
Plastic surgery will not ultimately change the face that you see in the mirror. It will, on the other hand, enhance and bring forward the features that you already have.
Plastic Surgery Is Not Weight Loss Surgery
Liposuction is the second most popular form of plastic surgery. Liposuction removes excess, unwanted pockets of fat from nearly anywhere on the body. Since fat cells contribute to and make up excess weight, and liposuction removes these cells, it can seem as though liposuction is a weight loss surgery. This, however, is not the case. Liposuction is a procedure meant to trim and tone your physique not be used as an alternative to weight loss. Liposuction is best for patients who are already near their ideal weight. It can be an excellent procedure for patients who have already lost a substantial amount of weight and want to get rid of the final pockets of fat.
Procedures like abdominoplasty, brachioplasty, and thighplasty are also often misconceived as weight loss procedures. These procedures remove excess skin and tighten loose muscles, which in turn can significantly slim your appearance; however, it is not the same as weight loss. Before patients undergo plastic surgery, they should try to get near their goal weight through diet and exercise or actual weight loss surgery.