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Awake Surgery

A new trend, “awake plastic surgery”, offers comparatively inexpensive liposuction, breast enhancement or abdominoplasty in a doctor’s office without general anesthesia. I, along with other critics, say the procedures are often performed by doctors with no plastic surgery training and put patients at risk. It is “inconceivable that anyone would do such a major procedure under anything less than a light general anesthesia,” said Dr. Michael F. McGuire, a director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and immediate past president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. After reading the article linked below, you will understand why I prefer to do many plastic surgery procedures in an accredited out-patient facility with the full compliment of staff including the anesthesia team, OR nursing personnel, and recovery room staff.  I believe it assures you (and me) the safest outcome. It also supports several of my ‘Plastic Surgery Thoughts for the Week’:   “Not everything new is better.”   “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”   Cheaper is not always better.”   “An educated patient is a happy patient.”  If you roll all these into one, the Plastic Surgery Thought for the Week would be,  “Be informed!”  Please check out the link below and be sure to let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Important Health Update for Breast Implant Patients

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New Year Resolutions

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  We are well into January 2011…so how are you doing with your New Year resolutions?  Nearly every one resolves to do something to better themselves, whether it be to lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking, work harder and play less, or work less and play harder.  Regardless, they are resolutions to make you feel better about yourself in some way.  And typically, when you feel better about yourself, this “inner sense of accomplishment or pride” is reflected in an “outward beauty” as well.  So, are all of these resolutions considered to be in the name of “vanity”?  Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, either non-invasive or invasive procedures, have sometimes been labeled as “vanity procedures”… but really, aren’t they just a means to have our outward appearance reflect our inner “youthful” attitudes toward life?

Vanity is defined as “excessive pride”, but is it “excessive pride” to want to look as good as we feel?  What’s the difference between getting a stylish haircut, highlighting or coloring your hair, purchasing clothing that flatters your body shape, and Plastic Surgery… besides the price tag?  Why not look as good as we feel?  An individual’s outward appearance and their decision to improve it is a personal choice that others should not judge.  If one chooses either non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as BOTOX® or injectable fillers or surgical enhancement such as an eyelid lift, then we should be supportive of their choice.  Conversely, society shouldn’t dictate that we conform to what is perceived as an “aesthetic appearance”.  Most importantly, while any of these results from  New Year resolutions or physical changes from cosmetic procedures may produce a “psychological boost”, they will not “change your life”.  They may, however, give you the impetus or opportunity for you to initiate change, if you so choose. 

Plastic Surgery Thought for January:  Vanity is not necessarily a bad thing!