Pro’s and con’s of cosmetic surgery

The Pro’s and con’s of cosmetic surgery.

The mirror don’t lie and none of us can escape the ageing process. But what to do about it-if anything?

Lets look at what are the main concerns for many of us?

Pro’s and con’s of cosmetic surgery

Pro's and con's of cosmetic surgery

Eyebags pre

Pro's and con's of cosmetic surgery

eyebags post

“Botched” a dreadful word bandied around by the media..strange but it usually only applies to surgery done abroad. UK surgeons don’t produce “botch” instead its described as a complication.

In reality there are very few badly performed facelift surgeries. I personally have never seen such an outcome. The only occasion we see anything approaching  it is when the media has a pop at say Mrs Stallone or another for their somewhat unusual appearances.

The good facelifts are amongst us every day of the week but go unnoticed-

Bcause they have been done properly. This means not pulling the skin too tight, and allowing some slack in case any revision or correction is needed. No surgeon ever takes a facelift within a millimetre of being so tight you cant move your face. There were rumour about these type of  lifts 20 years ago..barbie doll etc. but I am not sure if any were ever performed. Pulling too tight can cause nerve damage.

So i would say don’t be swayed by media hype. Ask yourself do you know anyone who had a bad facelift.. Have you ever seen one? The chances are the answer is no, so try to take the fixation out of your mind. People often say to me “i have seen and heard all about these overdone facelifts” chances are they just want to scare themselves.

On the other hand what should be considered is the fact there are inherent risks in any form of surgery, cosmetic or otherwise. Risks which should be pointed out beforehand

And from this information a  patient can decide whether to proceed or not.

Most of these complications are correctable and just cause more work for the surgeon.
Here are a few which are quite commonplace:-

1) Haematoma or (bruising)  Can sometimes prove stubborn and occasionally requires draining.

2) Minor infections.This of course can occur from just a minor scratch, let alone a surgical facelift.

Pro's and con's of cosmetic surgery

Our MD pre facelift

Pro's and con's of cosmetic surgery

Our MD post facelft

Even in the most super sterile environments an infection can just occur.
 
However, from our observations, if that particular surgery was performed in another country, the media tend to link it with botched surgery. Or an inference of poor standards of hygiene.
 
 
 Pro’s and con’s of cosmetic surgery

 If the patients is still under the watchful eye of their actual surgeon these setbacks are dealt with there and then.

However these days we notice patients coming to Prague push to return home frankly ridiculously soon. A combination of watching too much reality where recovery time is overlooked, and patients having limited budgets due to the recession. We as a company would sooner lose the patients  to a competitors than compromise on safety.3) Persistent swelling which can last up to 3 months or even more.Returning home with any of the above unchecked can of course mean a trip  to a local hospital. But not to correct a “botch” up, but more often than not  to deal a situation created by  the foolishness of the patient in coming home too early.
 
Pro’s and con’s of cosmetic surgery
 
In recent times we have noticed that cosmetic surgery enquirers are more assertive about what they want and expect the surgeon to simply go along with it. Pushy, aggressive, and an attitude of “I want” and I will decide when to discharge myself. For a good outcome after a tummy tuck its recommended by plastic surgeons 10 days of complete rest. Failure to adhere can have serious consequences. Not to mention surgical drains remain for at least two nights. We have enquiries from people who think they can return home within 24 hours after a tummy tuck. Basically if that’s what they want we wont take them!
 
If money is that tight you need to cut short on essential after care-then wait.
 
Pro’s and con’s of cosmetic surgery
 
Libby Babbage 18/11/13