Isn’t liposuction taking the easy way out? Should I just diet and exercise more? Many of our patients come to us asking these questions. Even though they are conscious of their diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle, they still feel like they are “cheating” when considering liposuction. Dr. Alexander feels that if diet and exercise alone can help achieve the results you are looking for then by all means continue doing these things. If, however, you have areas of your body that are diet and exercise resistant, then looking into liposuction is a valid choice.
We’ve had patients who were diligent in watching what they eat and getting plenty of exercise but still could not sculpt certain areas of their bodies. One patient was a spin instructor. She taught classes 5-6 days a week, had an excellent diet and had maintained a stable weight for years. She exercised for a living! Even with all of these great lifestyle choices, she wasn’t happy with the extra stubborn fatty tissue around her waist and on her hips and thighs. She was a great candidate for liposuction to help sculpt those problem areas which can often be due to genetics. Her expectations were realistic and we were not performing the surgery for weight loss, just to help contour. She did great and finally felt that now her body was reflecting all the hard work she was putting into it.
If this sounds like you, get more information on body contouring procedures and do your homework! The best doctor to perform liposuction is a board certified plastic surgeon. Body contouring surgery is not taking the easy way out, it’s one more step to achieving the body you work so hard for.
Do you remember the 1993 movie with Bill Murray? If you do, then you know that he every morning he wakes up and the same thing happens over and over again. He’s desperate for his day to turn out differently but instead he does and says the same thing every day.
So be honest, how many Groundhogs Days do you have in front of the mirror? You know what I mean, frowning at the same thigh bulges or face wrinkles or whatever it is that you’ve decided is unattractive. We do this day after day after day. It can even alter our mood, what we wear and how we present ourselves to the world.
There are really only two options to stopping your own Groundhogs Day: First, you can just stop the self-criticizing. So what if you have (fill in the blank). We all have something. Accept it and move on. I know this is easier said than done but really, why make ourselves crazy?
Second, you can do something about it. Maybe this is something you can achieve through diet and/or exercise. If so, do it! Do it now! Why wait? Don’t be in this same place six months or a year from now.
If diet and/or exercise can’t fix what’s bothering you, then start researching cosmetic surgery. It is amazing how many times a patient comes in, finds out they are a great candidate for their chosen procedure, has it done and NEVER thinks about it again (except for how happy they are that they FINALLY did it). We hear from husbands after their wives have surgery and they gush “she never keeps me waiting to get ready anymore, she’s so happy with how she looks”. Patients will tell us after nasal reshaping “I don’t avoid mirrors or having my picture taken anymore. It never crosses my mind to hide my profile”.
If you are okay with that nagging, destructive and annoying self-criticizing exercise in front of the mirror every morning, then by all means keep living your own personal Groundhogs Day. But if you’re ready for your life to resemble a different movie outcome, we’re here to help.
Why is 10 years the magic number we keep hearing when talking about breast implants? Conventional wisdom in plastic surgery is that breast implants typically last about 10 years. Does that mean every woman’s implants suddenly rupture or deflate on their 10 year anniversary? Of course not! Breast implants are like any other medical devices; they’re man-made and will eventually “wear out”. Some women will keep their implants in for much longer without any problems.
However, conventional wisdom also warns that if something’s not broke, don’t fix it. If your implants feel great and look great, wonderful! You can leave them alone and not worry about them. But, if over time, you’ve developed some firmness or hardness or the shape has changed, then something very well could be happening to, or around, your implant that deserves a discussion with a plastic surgeon.
Of course, the most common reason women have breast implants exchanged is for purely cosmetic reasons; to change the size, to fill up extra skin after weight changes and/or pregnancy or to change from saline to the newer cohesive gel silicone implants.
Dr. Alexander’s approach to discussing Breast Implant Exchange surgery is to listen to what you would like to achieve with another surgery, what you like or want to change about your current implants and then make recommendations that are unique for you. If your implants are 10 years old, then it is worth noting that there are more options available today than were available 10 years ago. Now we have numerous shapes and styles of implants to choose from and in addition the new soft-solid cohesive gel implants which patients tell us feel more natural.
Whether or not you fall into any of the above scenarios, we welcome you to contact our office and ask questions or schedule an appointment to meet personally with Dr. Alexander to discuss your unique circumstances. Let’s find out if 10 is your magic number.
Is there really a difference between Plastic Surgeons? I was asked this question the other day and to me it’s such an obvious answer; YES, YES and YES! As a plastic surgery coordinator for Dr. George Alexander, I speak to patients all day long who are considering cosmetic plastic surgery. Of course for patients, the first step for them is deciding if they even want to have surgery. Once they’ve made that decision, they head to the internet or ask their doctors or their friends to find a plastic surgeon. At this point, some patients think that all doctors with an ad or a website that say “cosmetic surgeon” or “plastic surgeon” are created equally. This is a tricky spot in the research process. Not all specialties are the same. If you want foot surgery, you look for a podiatrist which is a doctor specially trained in all things feet. But too many people are okay choosing any doctor to be their “cosmetic surgeon”.
Credentials really do matter If someone on the phone is telling you they don’t, then beware. Once patients have narrowed the list of doctors’ names down to only the board-certified plastic surgeons then there are many other factors to still consider. And some friendly advice here . . . it can’t be all about price. Yes, we all have budgets that need to be considered but sometimes you really do get what you pay for. For example, all the prices you’ve received by calling around or emailing include anesthesia and facility. But what’s the quality of the anesthesia and facility? Is the anesthesia being administered by a board-certified doctor who stays with you throughout your surgery or is performed by the surgeon, a nurse, someone with even less credentials? Is the operating facility a fully-accredited surgical facility with proper staffing prepared to handle medical emergencies or is the surgery being performed in an office or an unaccredited surgical suite? Remember the old saying “Are you comparing apples to apples”? These significant safety differences may even be small differences in the price quotes but obviously are VERY big considerations when choosing a plastic surgeon.
All consultations are not the same Every plastic surgeon has a different approach to consultations with prospective patients. Some treat it as a quick visit where you come in and they tell you what they would recommend. Short and sweet!
Our approach is quite different We treat the consultation appointment as an integral part of the surgery decision making process. First of all, this appointment is with Dr. Alexander. We consider this very important. He spends time going over your past medical history (because how else would we even know if you’re candidate for any type of surgery. He performs a physical exam and discusses what you want to change about your body or face. He then has an honest and collaborative conversation with you about surgery. I use the word conversation because it’s not just Dr. Alexander telling you what surgery you need; it’s Dr. Alexander discussing surgical options and outcomes with you. This is the important difference; we all need to be on the same page when discussing your surgical plan and its pros and cons. You have to be part of the conversation too! This can’t be one-sided. You need to feel comfortable with Dr. Alexander’s plan and his approach to your care. One patient described choosing the right surgeon as “like falling in love, you just know it when you feel it.” I don’t expect everyone who calls me asking about a procedure to know all the right questions to ask. I feel it’s my job to help them with that and to make suggestions, answer questions and to explain these differences. You can bet I’m prepared when through the phone line I hear “Is there really a difference between plastic surgeons?” And if you’re still not sure, call me, we’ll talk!
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