Plastic Surgeons Are More Than Vanity
Common Misunderstandings About Plastic Surgery
I was recently at an event at our partner hotel, L’Auberge Del Mar, when I was approached by young lady who said that she was in the wellness business. I told her that I was in the same business, as well. I asked her what exactly she did in the wellness business, and she told me that they were into healthy choices, healthy diets, exercise, acupuncture and variety of other homeopathic treatments. In fact, she said that she tends to steer people away from plastic surgeons.
Rather than get offended, I suggested that she may have a somewhat black-and-white view of what plastic surgeons do for people.
Positive Effects of Plastic Surgery
I mentioned to her that in the last week I saw a 17-year-old female who had 34 GG cup who needed a breast reduction procedure to relieve the pain she was in. There is no amount of diet or exercise that can fix her situation. She was suffering from neck and back pain and it affects her exercise. Her only option was a breast reduction, which is surgery.
Another patient lost 150 pounds with a gastric bypass surgery and had a huge amount of excess skin with abdominal rolls. She underwent an extended tummy tuck and now she can wear all kinds of clothes that she never dreamed of wearing before.
We also see many patients who have had their abdominal muscle stretched out with pregnancy, and no matter how hard they exercise, the muscles and skin will not get back to normal. A tummy tuck as part of a Mommy Makeover is the only thing that can help restore the abdomen.
These are just a few of the situations in which plastic surgery helps people and they represent just the beginning of options. Of course, we still perform breast augmentations, rhinoplasties, and facelifts, and these people benefit from these plastic surgery procedures as well.
Living a healthy lifestyle is the best means for feeling good and looking good, however, there are many situations in which that just isn’t enough and cosmetic surgery can help.
At the end of our conversation, this lady admitted that she had judged me prematurely and apologized.