Cosmetic surgery can help restore you to a more youthful you, make the signs of aging less noticeable or enhance a feature of your body. At Southern Surgical Arts, Dr. Nease and Dr. Deal are experts in the the art of cosmetic surgery. They employ the latest technologies to get the results that you desire. While our surgeons and staff put in a lot of effort to ensure that the results exceed your expectations, there are some ways that can you can end up ruining the results of cosmetic surgery. You can avoid making these mistakes and ensure you get the results you desire by educating yourself. While the following is not an all inclusive list, these are the top ways we see patients experience less than desirable results.
1. Not following the treatment plan recommended by the surgeon
Most people select a cosmetic surgeon based on his expertise and skill. The surgeon provides treatment plans that, in his experience, provide you with the best possible results. There are some patients who decide that they know what is best. This includes ignoring the surgeon’s recommendation or completely changing the treatment plan. This is one of the main reasons why the results of the surgery will be poor and not up to your expectations. Our clinical staff is available 24 hours a day to ensure that if you have questions about your recovery, we provide you with the answers that fit within your treatment plan.
2. Soaking up the sun
After your cosmetic surgery procedure is completed, you will be given a list of dos and don’ts. One of the don’ts will be to stay away from direct exposure to sunlight. This is especially true after laser skin resurfacing, dermabrasion and chemical peels, as it could end up causing hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation. Furthermore, direct sunlight reduces the skin’s ability to heal, and your scars can become more prominent. Right after a cosmetic surgery procedure, stay out of the sun until your scars heal, and if you have to go out, wear a hat or protect your areas of treatment. If you have questions about sun exposure, contact our clinical staff.
Smoking prevents your skin from healing after the procedure. It impedes the flow of blood, which is necessary to ensure that your skin heals properly. Smoking can increase the chances of skin necrosis. Before you decide to have cosmetic surgery, you should give up smoking. Talk to your surgeon about smoking. For more information on this topic, see this blog article: http://info.southernsurgicalarts.com/blog/?Tag=smoking.
4. Taking medication or health supplements without informing your surgeon
You may be taking medications or supplements for a health problem or overall wellness. Make sure you inform your cosmetic surgeon about all the medications and supplements you are on, as these increase the chances of bleeding or cause poor healing of wounds. Also, certain medications and supplements may cause complications from anesthesia or result in other health problems, such as nausea. Even if you are taking an herbal or a natural supplement, be sure to inform the surgeon in advance.
5. Weight gain
If you have had a cosmetic surgery procedure, it is imperative that you do not put on weight right after the procedure. Whether you are opting for SmartLipo laser procedure or body contouring, putting on excessive weight after the surgery can ruin the results. Avoid significant weight gain by checking with your surgeon about your diet. If necessary, get a dietician or nutritionist to chart out a diet plan for you, so that you eat healthy and balanced diet without putting on weight. Healthy eating also will promote faster wound healing,
6. Failing to disclose previous procedures
If you have had previous cosmetic surgery procedures, let your surgeon know. This will allow the surgeon to plan the treatment to ensure positive outcomes. If you have had prior surgical or non-surgical procedures, it can have a significant effect on the results. When you make a full disclosure to your surgeon, he will be able to plan the treatment to cover any problems or situations that could arise during the procedure. It is important to answer all questions from your surgeon honestly, as it could have a profound effect on the results.
If you are looking to regain your youthful appearance, restore your body’s appearance or eliminate blemishes and sign of aging, Southern Surgical Arts can help achieve your aesthetic goals.