When plastic surgeons meet with potential patients, one of the things they try to gauge is whether or not a patient is considering a procedure, whether it’s rhinoplasty, facelift or even just injections, for the right reasons. Some patients think about surgery because they want it to improve their entire lives or because they believe having it will make their partners love them more.
Understanding the limitations of surgery, or what exactly it can or can’t do for you can help you decide if a particular procedure is the right call for you. A consultation with your surgeon can help you understand the procedure a bit better, too, and can help you make the final decision.
Surgery Can: Reduce the Signs of Aging
Often, the goal with a facial plastic surgery such as eyelid surgery or a facelift is to look younger. Eyelid surgery can take a few years off of your appearance by reducing sagginess in your upper eyelids or puffiness in your lower lids. Facelifts can make you look younger by reducing sagginess or loose skin in the chin, neck and jowl area. The result is a younger looking appearance.
Exactly how much younger you look depends on a number of factors, such as your real age, the surgeon who performs the procedure, and how old you looked before the surgery. A study published in 2012 in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery found that patients who had the surgery performed by the same doctor tended to look about six to eight years younger after it.
Surgery Can’t: Make You Younger
While facial plastic surgery can in some cases make you look younger or at least ease the signs of aging, what it can’t do is make you actually younger. Your health won’t automatically improve and your numbers won’t return to where they were a decade, ago, for example. The surgery also won’t pause time for you, allowing you to exist in a more youthful looking state for as long as you want.
Instead, it turns back the clock a little bit. Depending on how you age, you might need an additional surgery further down the road or you may decide to have fillers or injections to help you maintain the results of the procedure.
Surgery Can: Adjust a Feature You’re Unhappy With
While some procedures focus on reducing the signs of aging, others, such as rhinoplasty or a chin implant, focus on changing a feature you may be dissatisfied with. If you have a weak chin or feel that your chin is too small compared to the size of your nose, an implant can give you a chin that is better proportioned to your face.
Rhinoplasty can change your nose in a number of ways, in an effort to make it meet your expectations or fit on your face better. For example, your surgeon can make the nose smaller or larger during the surgery. He or she can fix any crookedness or remove a bump in the nose, or adjust a tip that is either too turned down or too turned up.
Surgery Can’t: Give You Someone Else’s Nose
Plastic surgery can give you a nose or other feature that is a better fit for you face. What it can’t necessarily do is give you someone else’s nose. You might believe that a famous actress has the best nose. But, her nose might look great because it fits well with the rest of her facial features, not because it’s the best possible nose. It might turn out that you have similar enough features to a particular actress that having a nose similar to hers would work out for you. But, it’s best not to expect that the surgery will completely transform the way you look.
Surgery Can: Give Your Self Confidence a Lift
Plastic surgery can make you feel a bit better about yourself or give you a boost of self-confidence, as long as you go into it with realistic expectations. If you have a reasonable expectation for the surgery, you’re more likely to be happy with the results and to feel slightly better about yourself as a result.
Surgery Can’t: Make You a Different Person
Having realistic expectations is the key to being happy with your surgery. Most importantly, it’s essential that you understand that getting a new nose, chin implant or having eyelid surgery won’t turn you into a different person. If you have trouble in other areas of life, those problems will persist even after you’ve healed from surgery.
Double board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Schwartz hopes each patient is satisfied with the results of his or her surgery. Part of achieving that satisfaction is knowing what to expect going in. The other part is choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon. If you are interested in learning more about facial plastic surgery in Palm Beach, Florida, contact Dr. Schwartz’s office for a consultation today by calling 561-655-5562.