Let’s laugh together over some of Joan’s funniest lines about Cosmetic Surgery. After all, making people laugh was her passion! Joan had been there, done that, so many times and was an expert at pulling humor from her experiences.
I wrote an article some time ago that created quite a stir titled Step Aside Mother Nature. Hanna Mae Salcedo’s artcle in the Sun Star this morning brought it back to mind, nudging me to post it once again. Just click on the image below to read this thought provoking article . . .
But one way or another, just read it! Then let me know your thoughts.
What is your notion of beauty? What do physically beautiful people have that others do not? And why aren’t traits like being strong, smart, compassionate, honest, creative, trustworthy, funny and kind-hearted considered beautiful? These are the questions Hanna Mae Salcedo addresses in her Sun Star article.
My question to Hanna Mae is this: Why do we have to take sides on this issue? Can’t we strive for both? And in achieving some degree of physical beauty, don’t we feel better and project a more positive image, inside and out? To my mind, it’s a matter of balance and degree.
Here is a cosmetic surgery visualization app for the iPhone which allows users to upload a photo, then manipulate it to see how they might look after their preferred cosmetic surgery procedure. This app, designed by BodyPlastika, simulates the results of a range of facial and body contouring procedures, such as rhinoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation and lip augmentation, to name a few. It gives a general idea of how results might appear.
This app was created to be a more convenient way of envisioning plastic surgery results, although it should be noted that they are approximate.
Does it take the place of a face-to-face cosmetic surgery consultation? Absolutely not! But it might just give the ‘thinking-about-cosmetic-surgery’ prospective patient some points for discussion before starting that round of consultations.
To read Lois’s article: TheCosmetic Surgery Consultation – A Two-Way Street,
According to Dr. Narurkar, Coolsculpting is now the number one procedure for non-invasive fat reduction. The procedure has been available for the last 6 – 7 years. Since its introduction, its treatment parameters have changed. Coolsculpting now offers several adapters designed to conform to specific body areas where fatty deposits persist, allowing doctors to customize treatments. Through experience with this procedure, doctors have discovered ways to refine treatments to make the results even more effective and long lasting.
LWS: What treatment changes have made the results more effective.
Dr. V.N: One major change is that of application. We now overlap treatment areas. A second change is one of technique. By offering patients two treatment cycles, we find we are able to substantially increase the effectiveness of Coolsculpting.
LWS: How do you compare the results of Coolsculpting with Liposuction?
Dr. V.N: These simple changes have allowed for optimal results and in many instances, results comparable to liposuction. Unlike liposuction, the fat is permanently gone. It does not redistribute to other areas.
LWS: How does the body rid itself of that unwanted fat?
Dr. V.N: Following treatment, the fat gradually is eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system
LWS: What areas of the body are the primary targets for Coolsculpting?
Dr. V.N: For women, the most popular areas are the central abdomen and bra fat. For men, the most popular areas are love handles and male breasts.
LWS: You speak about male love handles and male breasts. Have many men entered this cosmetic surgery arena of lunch hour, non-invasive procedures?
Dr. V.N: About forty percent of Coolsculpting procedures are sought out by men. This is very different than most of our other aesthetic procedures, where women clearly predominate.
LWS: Is the procedure painful? Any side effects readers should know about?
Dr. V.N: The most common side effects are numbness and bruising. Pain rarely occurs, but when it does it is short lasting.
LWS: Are there any conditions, skin types or other situations that would make this treatment ineffective or not recommended?
Dr. V.N: In the three plus years Coolsculpting has been an available treatment, patient satisfaction approaches over ninety-five percent, and the treatment is safe for all skin types. The optimal patient is somebody who is at their ideal weight and has stubborn areas of fat that do not improve with diet and exercise.
LWS: You mentioned that Zeltiq continues to develop new technologies. What changes do you foresee in the near future?
Dr. V.N: Several more adapters are in development for treatment of additional body areas.
LWS: Are there any published studies attesting to the effectiveness of these treatments.
Dr. V.N: Several peer reviewed publication studies indicate treatment results to last at least five years.
Since I have never undergone a Coolsculpting procedure,
I’m unable to comment on a personal level.
Want to read comments, pro and con, from those who have?
Some surgeons offer free consultations, but they most often are quick meetings rather than in-depth and personal discussions. (I went on one of those myself and it was a valuable lesson for me! I quickly determined that he was NOT a surgeon I wanted to work with). The experience helped me hone in on what I was really looking for in a surgeon. So it was time well spent.
What should you expect from an in-depth personal consultation?
The patient’s Side of the Street: You need to communicate your goals, your wants and want-nots. Many perspective cosmetic surgery patients express a similar thought: “I don’t want to look like I have had surgery. I just want to look refreshed.” Some even bring in photos of themselves at a younger age, to help the surgeon envision the look you would look to recapture. But don’t bring in a photo of Julia Roberts and ask to look just like her! You won’t!
The surgeon’s side of the street: The surgeon will first want to determine if you are a suitable candidate for elective aesthetic surgery, so you will be asked about your medical history. Be honest. Don’t hold back anything. While the vast majority of people are healthy enough to safely undergo elective surgery, some conditions do advise against it. So tell all. As much as you might have your heart and mind set on having these procedure(s), you don’t want to become a statistic.
Next step in the consultation is for the doctor to listen to your goals, communicate with you about what outcomes you can reasonably expect, and develop an appropriate surgical plan. You will also have the opportunity to look at a range of before and after photos of patients who have undergone the same procedures. Be sure these are this surgeon’s patients, not photos taken by others.
Before your consultation ends, whip out that list of questions you have prepared in advance. Now is your opportunity to ask the ones still unanswered.
By the time you leave this office, you will have a pretty good idea of whether or not you feel completely comfortable placing your face or body in the hands of this surgeon to perform the procedure you desire.
Want to know the twelve questions women often think about but are too embarrassed to ask their plastic surgeons? Click here.
Board certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Barry Friedberg and I have become well acquainted by now. I have been impressed with his innovations to his field, including a brain monitor device that monitors anesthesia levels for each individual to just the right degree. This is a potentially life saving feature – an important feature for those undergoing any surgery – cosmetic or not.