What’s the best way to ensure you get the best possible nip and the most successful tuck?
Kendall R. Roehl, MD, Plastic Surgeon at Temple Cosmetic Surgery Center, offers three tips for making the most of your cosmetic surgery.
Select a Cosmetic Surgeon You Trust
Choosing a cosmetic surgeon you trust is one of the most important elements in having a successful cosmetic surgery experience, says Dr. Roehl.
“The best way to find a cosmetic surgeon you can trust is to talk to your friends and talk to the people in your community. We all end up having some reputation by taking care of people in our communities,” advises Dr. Roehl.
Dr. Roehl makes these suggestions about selecting your surgeon:
- Make sure he or she is board certified.
- Find someone who you can communicate with, ask questions to, and you feel will give you an honest answer.
- Don’t always go with the surgeon with the lowest prices. That doesn’t always mean you’re going to get the best job or the best surgeon.
- Trust your instincts.
“I’ve always felt like when you meet people, you kind of get a gut hunch on whether they’re believable or not. If you don’t feel comfortable when you leave, then go see another surgeon. Consultations are cheap, often free. So shop around. There’s nothing wrong with that,” advises Dr. Roehl.
Be Realistic with Yourself About Your Weight
Cosmetic surgery is about improving what you’ve got; it’s not an extreme makeover. Dr. Roehl advises that cosmetic surgery is most successful when you are at a weight at which you are happy before surgery.
“You need to be honest with yourself, because these surgeries are not weight-loss procedures. They’re body-contouring procedures. I know that weight loss is hard for all of us, but you need to be at your ideal weight before surgery to gain the most benefit from these procedures,” advises Dr. Roehl.
And there’s the consideration of cost.
Says Dr. Roehl: “These procedures are expensive, too. Why waste your money and not be satisfied with the results? Most cosmetic surgeries are around $7000 or more.”
Be Prepared for the Other Aspects of Surgery – Including Scarring
Many women aren’t prepared for the scars or the pain that often accompany many forms of cosmetic surgery. In addition, recovery from many procedures can be painful, and many women aren’t prepared to deal with the after-effects of the procedure.
“There’s a huge benefit to the power of healing in your mental preparedness for surgery.”
“A lot of ladies think we can make their breasts look better without putting a scar on them. Any breast lift or breast reduction results in scarring on your breast—and those do not go away,” cautions Dr. Roehl.
“Same with a tummy tuck. Liposuction leaves tiny little scars, but tummy tucks are a commitment to a scar forever. A tummy tuck is a scar from hipbone to hipbone and around the belly button—and those are permanent,” advises Dr. Roehl.
But the worst part is the pain.
“I tell ladies that a tummy tuck is like running a marathon. Most women are not prepared for that. It’s not easy,” says Dr. Roehl.
Dr. Roehl says being prepared in advance for the pain helps in the healing process.
“There’s a huge benefit to the power of healing in your mental preparedness for surgery. I’ll help you be mentally prepared by telling you in advance what the surgery is going to be like for you, what it’s going to feel like,” Dr. Roehl says, “and then I’ll help you through it and encourage you to think positively so that you can heal more quickly.”
In addition to being mentally prepared, Dr. Roehl suggests physical fitness prior to cosmetic surgery helps ensure a better outcome.
“Women who are in shape and are fit tolerate pregnancy, childbirth, surgery—everything—better. They’re stronger physically and stronger cardiovascularly. They recover from anything more quickly, not just surgery,” says Dr. Roehl.
“Also people who are active tend to have more mental toughness. They push themselves to finish a run or finish a ride or lift more weight. That goes hand in hand with surgical recovery,” Dr. Roehl says.
“I encourage you to get in shape,” Dr. Roehl advises, “not just for cosmetic surgery, but for life. You only get this body once. Use it to its best ability.”