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Top 5 Reasons Drs Postpone Cosmetic Surgery

December 8th, 2014

 Top 5 Reasons Cosmetic Surgery gets PostponedWhy follow your pre-op instructions for cosmetic plastic surgery? Occasionally elective cosmetic surgery is cancelled by the doctor on the day of surgery for a variety of reasons. While it is understandable that patients might be disappointed at this situation, the decision to postpone surgery is most often based on patient health and safety. Patients generally understand that their surgery may be rescheduled at a later date. The most common reason for postponing surgery is that a patient may forget to follow all pre-operative instructions. In the excitement and preparation for having surgery, patients can forget to avoid eating and/or drinking before surgery. As physicians, it is our responsibility to adhere to these instructions. When in doubt about something on the list, we advise our patients to call us for clarification.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Cancel Surgery:

 1)     Patient did not follow pre-operative instructions. Eating or drinking before surgery may cause serious complications during the procedure or recovery. It is very important to follow all your surgeon’s instructions.

2)     Patient has a fever, cold or flu symptoms. It is advisable to inform your surgeon if you experience any symptoms indicating that you might be getting sick. It is also important to report any injury sustained prior to surgery.

3)     Patient is unable to have an adult drive them home following surgery and stay with them during recovery for the first 24 hours. At-home healthcare may be arranged through our office prior to surgery.

4)     The Pre-operative examination revealed a possible medical condition that might require further testing and evaluation. In most cases, this is resolved and surgery may be rescheduled at a later date.

5)     Patient has a high level of anxiety or doubt about having surgery at this time.


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Does Nose Job Impact Self-Esteem?

December 9th, 2013

Rhinoplasty  or nose job is one of the most common elective plastic surgery procedures, second only to breast surgery in popularity. Nose surgery is most often used to reduce the size of the nose, to change the shape or angle of the tip or to straighten the nasal bridge. According to statistics from the  American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), almost 245,000 patients had elective nose re-shaping surgery. Some of my happiest patients are those that have had  rhinoplasty surgery. Jesse is one of those patients we followed on our blog. We filmed her surgery and she wrote all about her own experience. She was moved with tears of joy as I took off her splint and showed her the result. I was touched by her reaction and pleased that she was so happy with the result. You can check out her video,  just click here.

Does a nose job substantially impact or reflect change in self-esteem? A recent study revealed that getting a “nose job” might do more than researchers first realized to  improve someone’s looks. The study, which appears in the February issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, suggests that the procedure may also make patients appear younger on average. Dr. Michael Olding, chief of plastic surgery at George Washington University School of Medicine, questioned whether it’s the remodeled nose, or the patient’s new outlook. “Patients usually come back happier, with more of a smile on their face,” he said. I happen to agree with Dr. Olding.   I have observed that my patients often experience a boost in self-confidence after undergoing cosmetic surgery nipntucks. I believe that self-image is powerful in forming the conception that one has of oneself, to include assessment of qualities and personal worth. The saying, “To look good…is to feel good” does seem to have some validity in this regard.

Watch Jessie’s  surgery:  click here  Read more of Jessie’s story:  click here

Image: from  Leonardo da Vinci: Studies of the Human Body and Principles of Anatomy

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