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13 Things Plastic Surgeons Won’t Tell You

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Jeanh, Aug 8, 2015.

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    1. I had a patient who wanted a brow lift because she thought she looked grumpy all the time.
    I sent her for a brow wax instead. It took 15 minutes, she looked great, and she saved herself $5,000. I’ve also seen patients get results similar to eyelid lifts with over-the- counter firming serums and eyelid-lift creams. The results are temporary, but they do work to reduce lines and puffiness.

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    2. It drives me crazy when parents call from the emergency room because their kid got a scratch on his face.
    It’s not going to look any different if I sew it up instead of the ER doctor; it’s probably just going to cost you a lot more money. Unless the injury is severe, you don’t need a plastic surgeon for every cut and scrape.

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    3. If I’ve invested $200,000 to buy a laser machine, that’s probably what I’m going to recommend, even though another type of treatment may be cheaper.
    Make sure you ask if there is an alternative, such as a chemical peel, that might work just as well or better.

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    4. We have a secret weapon we can use when things go wrong: leeches.
    By restoring blood flow and secreting a chemical that prevents blood clots, leeches can help salvage a *phcorner* lift gone bad or a reattached finger that’s about to die. It sounds gross, but reconstructive plastic surgeons use them routinely.

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    5. If your drooping eyelids are partially blocking your vision, your insurance may pay for a lid lift.
    So many patients have used Medicare to pick up the tab for the procedure that it’s caused controversy.

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    6. We do laugh at you sometimes.
    I had a patient who e-mailed me to ask if it was OK for her to cook for her family again. She wanted to make sure her *phcorner* implants wouldn’t melt. I also had a guy come in with his wife and his girlfriend literally one week apart for the same *phcorner* implant operation.

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    7. We think the celebrities with the frozen faces, puffed-up lips, and gargantuan *phcorner* implants look ridiculous too.

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    8. How would I pick a plastic surgeon?
    I’d look for a doctor who is certified to train other doctors. They are called “fellowship directors.”

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    9. Want to avoid my office?
    Use sunblock with zinc or titanium dioxide, wear sunglasses outside, and don’t squint.

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    10. Before you judge us, remember that most of us do a lot more than just elective surgery.
    We correct cleft lips and cleft palates, perform delicate hand and face surgeries, and help reconstruct people who were burned, had a cancer operation, or suffered a catastrophic accident.

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    11. We may get a little Botox here or there, but most serious plastic surgeons haven’t had any plastic surgery themselves.
    That may be because it’s an egotistical profession, and the only person I would want operating on me is myself.

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    12. One fourth of our patients are men.
    They get liposuction, Botox, eyelid lifts, hair transplants, and more.

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    13. When you bring in your car to get fixed, you ask all sorts of questions.
    But a surprising number of people prepared to put their bodies under the knife don’t ask anything. Not one question.

    Sources: Plastic surgeons William DeLuca, MD, in Albany, New York; Usha Rajagopal, MD, in San Francisco; Michael Salzhauer, MD, in Miami; Peter Neligan, MD, at the University of Washington Medical Center; Anthony Youn, MD, author of the memoir In Stitches; a plastic surgeon in Boston; and Andrew P. Ordon, MD, cohost of the TV show The Doctors
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