Despite my love for sunscreen and anti-aging products, I have a feeling one day I’ll be embracing plastic surgery. If that day comes, my goal is to achieve “good plastic surgery.” Why would I get plastic surgery? I don’t consider myself overly vain, but I want to look good as I get older, and given what I know about my genes, sunscreen, and even Botox and Restylane, probably won’t be enough to allow me to “age gracefully.” Plus, unfortunately, I spent the first 25 years of my life gloriously tanning at the beach whenever I could, and I’m paying the price for it right now. Even though I’ve been almost a saint with my skin for the last 10 years, that can’t make up for my earlier years of sun debauchery. Things were going pretty good for me until last year, when I turned 35, and I feel like I aged 5 years overnight. Wrinkles, crow’s feet, under-eye bags, a droopy eyelid – UGH!!
Most people may balk at the idea of plastic surgery, but I’m all for it as long as it enhances your appearance – thus I’m all for good plastic surgery, which basically means you look better afterwards, not overdone. After watching the return of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, though, I’m slightly freaked out about plastic surgery. If I have something done, I want to look like Courtney Cox or Demi Moore, who have both somehow completely stopped aging, but they don’t look weird. I’ve seen Demi Moore in person and she looks awesome – she looks better now that she did in her 20s! I’ve written before about celebrities with plastic surgery, but half of the women in Hollywood have probably had a few nips and tucks, yet we don’t know about it because they have achieved good plastic surgery.
Here in Las Vegas, sometimes I feel like the only woman without a breast augmentation. If I were an A cup I would probably get breast implants, but for now I can save my money for Botox, and eventually something more dramatic like an eye-lift. This breast implants website has good before and after photos of a variety of women that have undergone breast augmentation and breast lifts. Most of the women I know with breast implants have natural looking breasts that good and natural - they don’t have crazy big Heidi Montag breasts.
• How To Achieve Good Plastic Surgery
With all this plastic surgery talk, how do you ensure you end up with good plastic surgery? I’ve only done preliminary research on the topic since I don’t see myself getting any work done for at least another ten years, but I will be extremely vigilant about my research when the time comes – I want to end up like Demi Moore, not Meg Ryan (sorry Meg).
If you have any friends that have had good work done, I would find out which plastic surgeon they used. Then you want to make sure the plastic surgeon is board certified, and up to date on his or her qualifications to perform the surgery you’re getting. On abms.org (American Board of Medical Specialties) you can look up doctors to ensure they are board certified, and you can find out if they’re certified with The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), for example. Other acceptable plastic surgery boards and societies are: ASAPS, ASPS, and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Next check your state medical board records to confirm the doctor you choose is in good standing with state board.
Find out how what your doctor specializes in, and how often he or she do that procedure. If you’re seeking a face lift, you want a plastic surgeon that has extensive experience doing face lifts. Find out what the pre-treatment and post-treatment guidelines are, if there are any contraindications due to health or medication issues, and of course review before and after photos of actual patients the doctor has worked on. I would suggest meeting with several doctors, because each one might offer a different treatment plan. You want your doctor to go over the potential risks of surgery and anesthesia, and to really explain the procedure and expectations to you.
Many plastic surgery procedures are not performed in hospitals, but in the plastic surgeon’s office facilities. If that’s the case you’ll need to make sure the facility is accredited with one of these organizations: AAAASF, JCAHO, AAAHC, AOA, or CAAASF. If there happens to be an emergency, discuss the emergency plan, and if there will be proper equipment and staff on hand. And find out which local hospitals the doctor has privileges at for performing your specific type of surgery.
The website About Plastic Surgery is a good place to start your search for plastic surgeons in your area. The site also has a lot of info about breast implants, what you should ask your doctor at your first visit, and what you must know before getting a breast enhancement. Plastic surgery is an extremely complicated subject – please do extensive research on your own too! Have you had plastic surgery, or would you ever get it? In my case I am sure I will be getting it one day… When I do, I am praying for a good plastic surgery outcome!