Second Quarter 2010, Volume 24, Number 1

Personalize your solutions for optimum natural results

IN THIS ISSUE

Personalize your solutions for optimum natural results

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Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

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Your facial features are unique. If you have any concerns or desires for enhancement, reconstruction, or rejuvenation, trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon. Not only will you receive expert advice and care, but also a specialized approach to provide optimal results.

No two patients are alike, therefore, the plan for each surgery is tailored to each patient. The process begins with the consultation appointment. Your physician will thoroughly evaluate your physical features, as well as take the time to get to know you, your expectations, and your motivations. Assist your facial plastic surgeon by taking the following steps before your appointment.

Become educated. Spend time researching the procedure(s) that peak your interest. Are there multiple options that may meet your needs? Talk to friends and family members about the procedure; they may be able to provide feedback or information. Advantage: You will feel more comfortable discussing your options, the risks, benefits, alternatives, and reasoning for proposed treatment.

Prepare questions. Don’t feel silly about writing down your questions and bringing them to your appointment. This is your chance to ask the expert! Advantage: Targeting your areas of concern and answering your questions will help you make a well-informed decision with your doctor.

Get personal. Discuss what you like or dislike about your features, your reasons for seeking treatment, and any short or long-term goals you have regarding the process. Advantage: You will assist your facial plastic surgeon in creating a treatment plan that is as unique as you are.

Sometimes patients schedule and have the exact procedures that they researched and expected to have. Alternatively, other patients discover after the consultation that their treatment plan is very different from what they thought it would be. For example, it is not unusual for a patient to come in thinking that his or her nose is too prominent and believe that rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is the solution. However, your surgeon may explain that it is a receding chin that is causing the imbalance of your nose, which can be improved through a chin implant instead of rhinoplasty. Trust the process. You may have set ideas on what you think will improve your face; however, be open to the surgeon’s expert opinion and recommendations.

Regardless of treatment, your facial plastic surgeon will make sure that your results are natural. The goal is to enhance your features, not drastically modify your appearance. Today, more than ever, minimally invasive techniques make it possible for patients to see improvements that require minor monetary investment, little recovery time, and major satisfaction. Your physician will ensure that you receive the best, most natural results for you.

Why trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon?
A facial plastic surgeon is recognized for his or her extensive training, qualifications, and proficiency in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head, and neck. Doing your homework in selecting a facial plastic surgeon maximizes the benefit you will gain from your chosen treatments. When considering the improvements you may gain in health, appearance, and self-esteem from facial plastic surgery, it is imperative that you trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon.