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How to Decide if Plastic Surgery is Right for You

How to Decide if Plastic Surgery is Right for You

plastic SurgeryAlthough it’s not as controversial anymore, it used to be that having plastic surgery was similar to wearing a giant “A” on your chest like Hester Prynne, the character from Hawthorn’s The Scarlet Letter. However, as more and more men and women are electing to undergo plastic surgery on almost a whim, it’s not seen the same  as it once was. So how can you make sure you’re getting plastic surgery for the right reasons? Read on to learn more.

Give It Time

If you wake up on a Tuesday and decide that you want to have plastic surgery and schedule your appointment for the next day, you’re not giving yourself enough time. Because plastic surgery is something that will help transform your appearance, you need to make sure that you have thought about it for a reasonable time. If you still want to get surgery, then you know you are ready.

Ask Questions

Go into your surgery or procedure feeling as informed as possible. How exactly? By reading about it and asking questions during your consultation. In fact, we encourage all of our patients at The Center for Plastic Surgery to come to their consultation fully prepared with a long list of questions— that way you leave the office feeling confident you have made the right decision.

Ask Yourself “Why?”

One of the best ways for you to decide whether or not plastic surgery is right for you is to ask yourself why you are considering it. Are you getting it done for yourself or someone else? Are you having it to make yourself happier and to feel better about yourself or just to accentuate your appearance?

Plastic surgery isn’t something that is right for everyone. If, however, it is something that you have put time into thinking about, if you have researched it and asked enough questions and if you have asked yourself why you want it and decided it is for the right reasons, then it may be right for you. To learn more or to schedule an appointment to discuss any further questions you may have, contact The Center For Plastic Surgery today!

Go Certified or Bust: 3 Reasons to Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

plastic surgerySimilar to the way that you wouldn’t take your car into the McDonald’s drive-thru for an oil change, you shouldn’t get plastic surgery by anyone other than an expert. With websites that tout expertise without substantiation and offer coupons and deals for things like Botox or mini-facelifts, many people are having procedures by individuals that aren’t experts. When it comes to your body and face, it’s important that you only have procedures by the best in the business. Dr. Robert Buchanan at The Center For Plastic Surgery can substantiate his expertise. He is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, was professor of plastic surgery teaching plastic surgery residents, is nationally recognized as an expert and is trusted. Read on to learn more about the importance of choosing a real plastic surgeon and a true expert.

They Understand Not All Skin Is Created Equal

To be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, plastic surgeons undergo the longest training of any medical or surgical specialty (only Thoracic/Cardiovascular Surgery is equivalent). It takes this time to learn the wide variety of procedures, surgical principals to allow safe performance of them, the principals of healing and how to handle the skin and deal with  all types of situations including complications. For instance, not everyone is going to react to Botox in the exact same way. Although rare, some people may suffer from an adverse reaction. Board certification in plastic surgery assures that the physician has the knowledge and experience needed to treat patients with different skin types and concerns with the best expectation that the result will be what is wanted with minimal risk of problems or complications but the ability to care for them if they occur.

They Know What Treatments Will Give You the Results You Want

Board certified plastic surgeons are trained in surgical correction of the face and body as well as the non surgical methods of improving these areas. If you go to see someone who doesn’t have the training in both, you may not have the option for what will provide the best result. Although non surgical treatments have become very popular, some things are still best treated with surgery, though that may be much less invasive than previously and, frequently, can be done in the office.  At your consultation appointment with Dr. Buchanan you can discuss your desires and what you would like to correct. He will then determine what  treatment option best solves your problem within the parameters you have set.

They Are Current On Training and New Options

With new fillers and procedures hitting the plastic surgery market throughout the year, it’s important that the surgeon you choose is familiar with all of them– that way, you get the best treatment available in the safest possible manner. Unlike a great number of physicians offering aesthetic procedures, board certified plastic surgeons are required to obtain a certain amount of very specific enhanced training about the procedures they do each and every year.

Choosing a board certified plastic surgeon may sound quite easy, but is actually much harder than it sounds. This is because many physicians fave created organizations they call a “board” and they advertise themselves as “board certified.” Only the American Board of Plastic Surgery operates under the umbrella of the American Board of Medical Specialties that oversees all legitimate resident training and subsequent testing for competency. All members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the two major plastic surgery organizations in this country require their members to maintain certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Buchanan at The Center For Plastic Surgery is certified by theAmerican Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of both these organizations. To learn more about him and our staff or to schedule a consultation, contact The Center For Plastic Surgery today!

 

 

Fear Not. Begin Easy When Considering Plastic Surgery

plastic surgeryAre you wondering if plastic surgery would improve your self-confidence, but are timid about actually going through with it? If so, we can offer a few tips that may help as you decide. Plastic surgery doesn’t have to be scary – especially with Dr. Buchanan as your surgeon. In fact, plastic surgery can give you a healthier, younger look. Read on to learn more:

  • Formulate your questions, do some research. Know your goals and your expectations. Dr. Buchanan can help guide you through the process so that you feel comfortable throughout the process. He can explain the details of whatever you are considering.
  • Easy does it. Fine lines and wrinkles can be addressed with a facelift, that’s true. But you may want to begin with skin care or injectables such as Botox or Juvederm. Botox and the fillers can target all areas of the face – without the necessity of actual surgery.
  • Know when to stop, because “less is usually more.” Before you meet with Dr. Buchanan for the first time, make a list of your “problem areas.” Discuss these with him. You may be able to limit potential procedures or combine them.

Dr. Buchanan is trained to understand how you feel about yourself. He recommends that you make your own decision about any procedure you are considering, whether surgical or non-surgical, and avoid being influenced by your significant other or your family or friends.

Let us put your fears to rest. We invite you to call to schedule a consultation appointment today because now is the perfect time to experience a “new” you: (828) 526-3784.

Seniors – Are You Considering Cosmetic Surgery?

senior plastic surgeryCosmetic surgery is popular no matter the age of the patient, and, today, more seniors than ever are considering cosmetic surgery as a way to enhance they way they look – to ensure that it matches the way they feel. Cosmetic surgery for the older population is definitely trending.

One reason for this trend is that many people are choosing to postpone retirement and stay in the workforce. With that decision comes the increased pressure to look young – and stay competitive. Many older women and men are motivated to opt for cosmetic procedures to boost their self-confidence and image. Additionally, many older patients are seeking cosmetic procedures because of longer life expectancies and healthier lifestyles. Cosmetic surgery has become a common practice for all ages and all walks of life.

There are always risks with surgery, and elective surgery on older patients may bring with it additional concerns. Older patients may have medical problems such as high blood pressure and coronary artery disease that should be taken into consideration. Older patients are also more likely to be on medications that could impact the outcome of their procedure.

Cosmetic surgery is a matter of choice – and you are in the driver’s seat. Be sure your doctor is aware of any health and medical factors that could increase your risk for complications or affect the results of the procedure you choose. Forehead lifts and breast lifts are popular, along with face lifts, liposuction of the neck and eyelid surgery. These procedures may also be combined. At the Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Buchanan offers many cosmetic surgery options for seniors. He carefully screens each patient to ensure optimum results.

It isn’t too late to consider cosmetic surgery. Call to schedule a consultation appointment, today. It’s time to bring on your best, most confident self: (828) 526-3783.

Your Plastic Surgery “Caretaker”

breast reconstructionThe decision to undergo a plastic or cosmetic surgical procedure is a big one that you likely made with the help and support of a loved one. So, as you ready yourself for surgery, here are a few things to pass along to your point-person and caretaker, the one who will be helping you along this life-changing journey.

The First Night – Your surgical staff will ask you if there is someone at home to stay with you, especially your first night home. If you don’t have a live-in partner, it is essential that you arrange for someone to stay with you. Getting up in the night, feeling dizzy or ill can be especially frightening if you are alone.

The Care and Feeding of You – You may be given restrictions on what you can and cannot eat, depending on your surgical procedure. Staying hydrated and eating healthy will go a long way towards your recovery. You may want to prepare meals in advance and shop for the foods you like, but better yet, let your caretaker prepare your meals. Don’t forget to take inventory of your medications and read the advisory language on the labels. This is important and should be followed, as an upset stomach, unnecessary nausea or vomiting may result from taking your meds on an empty stomach.

  • The Kids – If you have small children, arrange for help with child care – whether that is your primary caretaker or a friend. And remember, no heavy lifting!
  • Housekeeping 101 – Let your caretaker vacuum. And do the dishes and laundry. Just for a short time while you get back to your old and “new” self!

Call us, today, to learn more about the plastic and cosmetic surgical procedures we offer, and let Dr. Buchanan help you be your best self, every day: (828) 526-3783.

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