Patients who are good candidates for cosmetic surgery are those who have a specific problem area that they are trying to treat. For example, patients who have rhytides or crow's feet in the mid forehead area may do well with Botox therapy or injectables, specifically collagen, Juvederm or Restylane, in those areas. Patients, on the other hand, who have small breasts may do well with breast enhancement surgery, as well as those who have had childbirthing may do well with an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck to tighten the lower abdominal skin area. Patients who desire body sculpting procedures should have a specific body anomaly that can be improved by the use of liposculpting for abdominoplasty-like procedure. Remember that cosmetic surgery does not fix psychological or physiological problems. Patients who have realistic expectations normally are the most pleased with their final cosmetic outcomes. The risks and benefits should always be weighed out with the rewards of the elective cosmetic procedure. A board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon will have the experience and judgment to critique and evaluate you during the consultation to determine whether you are a good candidate for a cosmetic surgical procedure.
B Donald. Sklansky, MD
Specialty: Plastic/reconstructive Surgery
Location and Office HoursB Donald Sklansky MD FACS
Great Neck, NY 11021
- CIGNA HealthCare
- HIP Health Plan
- Glen Cove Hospital
- Long Island Jewish Medical Center
- Mercy Medical Center
- Mercy Medical Center
- North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset
- St Francis Hospital The Heart Center
- Syosset Hospital
- Winthrop University Hospital
- When should I go for cosmetic surgery?
How should I do a background check on my plastic surgeon?
Arthur Perry, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answeredBesides your plastic surgeon's educational background, surgical training, board certification, and hospital privileges, you can check with your State Board of Medical Examiners, or national licensing boards in other countries to see if any negative action has been taken against the doctor. You can check to see the number of malpractice suits the doctor has lost (not how many he has been named in -- doctors who perform difficult surgery on complex cases may be sued more often than those who perform simple cases). You can also ask other doctors what they know about the surgeon.
Find out more about this book:Straight Talk about Cosmetic Surgery (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)
What is the risk of scars after breast implant surgery?
Scar tissue is something of which women need to be very aware. Unpredictable scar tissue is quite common. I see it often in my practice, due to the fact that we specialize in breast surgery and breast revision surgery. Scar tissue can occur from surgery with any plastic surgeon. There is absolutely no guarantee that any plastic surgeon can operate so that a woman will not develop scar tissue. New and different medications that are not yet FDA approved, but which are starting to be used, may help to reduce scar tissue formation. However, we do not know what the side effects of these medications are in terms of toxicity, and therefore, until the FDA has approved those products, you may want to use currently approved methods.
Scar tissue can occur at any time after the augmentation has been performed, not just the first few months. As soon as the capsule forms around the implant, which occurs within weeks, trauma to the capsule can reinitiate the process of hardening and scar tissue formation. Sometimes, if found early, massage and vitamins may reduce or prevent progressive hardening; however, once it becomes painful and the breast implant becomes distorted by constriction of the hardened capsule around the bag, it usually will require a secondary surgery.
But, you must understand that removing the scar tissue or releasing it cannot guarantee that the scar tissue will not reform in the future. I want to make it clear that once you commit to having breast augmentation surgery, it is quite likely that you will end up having to have another surgery sometime down the road for one reason or another.
Find out more about this book:The Beverly Hills Shape: The Truth About Plastic Surgery
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