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5 Things and Procedures We Wouldn’t Do as a Plastic Surgeon

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As the plastic surgery industry continues to grow and as technology and procedures advance, a lot of times we get asked the question, “Are there any things or procedures that you wouldn’t do as a plastic surgeon?” And as you grow as a surgeon and gain more experience, you start to realize which procedures have the best outcomes, which produce the best results for our patients, and which ones are most cost effective and produce the best results.

Every surgeon out there, as they gain experience, will tell you that there are certain procedures that they just will not do anymore. This can be for several reasons, whether it’s that they don’t see the results that they like, most patients aren’t happy with the outcomes, or it could just boil down to the fact that the surgeons just don’t like performing them. If you find a plastic surgeon out there that will just do anything that the patient asks, you might want to take a step back and reconsider your surgeon and/or seek out a second opinion.

Plastic surgery is an extensive practice with procedures that span all spectrums of the surgical field, but if you really want to get the best-of-the-best when it comes to plastic surgery, which you should be looking for, seek out a surgeon who specializes in what you’re looking to have done.

Now of course this might not pertain to all plastic surgeries, including non-surgical enhancements, but for complex surgeries like breast augmentation, butt lifts, tummy tucks, and more, it’s important that you find a surgeon that you are comfortable with and understands the intricacies of the procedure that you’re looking to have done.  

You probably don’t want to go to a hand surgeon specialist who just so happens to also offer breast lifts, if that’s the procedure you’re seeking out.

Knowing that, let’s look at 5 things and procedures that Dr. Adams and Dr. Rohrich wouldn’t do anymore as seasoned veterans in the plastic surgery world.

Plastic Surgery Procedures We Will No Longer Perform

Thread Lifts

Thread lifts have come and gone over the years, and many plastic surgery offices still offer this procedure to this day. A thread lift is a non-surgical facelift procedure that uses threads under the skin to help pull the skin into place and help to produce collagen.

This is supposed to help reduce wrinkles and help your face look tighter and more youthful, but in our opinion they don’t work very well, they don’t last very long, and can be prone to infection. Not to mention they are quite expensive for what you’re getting.

Foxy Eye Procedure

Have you noticed these days that a lot of celebrities and media personalities have that “cat eye” or “foxy eye” look? You know the one, where the outside corners of the eyes almost appear to be pulled back into more of an exaggerated point than looks natural? In some cases people are getting surgical procedures to permanently have that look.

Don’t do it. You can get a similar look from using make-up and you won’t be stuck with the foxy eye look once the fad goes out of style. This is one of those procedures that does not look natural, and it changes the whole look of your face, and it’s permanent.

Overdone Fillers

This has been an issue for a while now and the patients that have received too much filler stick out in a crowd. There’s nothing wrong with a little botox or fillers to remove aging lines, wrinkles, or to plump up your thin lips or cheek bones, but there’s a way to make it look more natural and a lot of people go too far overboard.

Some of these fillers do not dissolve as easily as others, and this can cause all sorts of problems down the road and make it much harder to return to your original look if you choose to. Fillers should be used in a way that presents the patient with the most natural look possible without reaching the point of no return.

Permanent Fillers

Most fillers used during non-surgical procedures are technically considered temporary. Some of them dissolve on their own over time and some of them can be dissolved using an injectable agent, but there are some fillers out there that are considered permanent.

While there is only one approved permanent filler in the United States, we do not like to use permanent fillers in our patients for a couple reasons. For one, people go overboard, as we mentioned above. They want this plumped lip look or high cheek bones, that just don’t appear natural on them and if we do that, there’s no going back. Secondly, the face is always changing. No matter what procedures you do, surgical or non-surgical, your face is going to continue to age with you and just because your face looked good with permanent fillers at age 40, doesn’t mean that your face will look good with them at age 50 or 60.

Overdone Plastic Surgery

We pride ourselves in the work that we do as plastic surgeons, so we refuse to overdo plastic surgical procedures on anyone, even if they are begging for it. Plastic surgery should be used in a way that creates a natural look that the patient can be happy with for years to come.

We’ve all seen videos and pictures of plastic surgery horror stories from people that get addicted and can’t stop having procedures done, and they look extremely unnatural. Extremely large breast implants don’t look good, especially if you have a smaller, more petite frame. Overdone facial procedures can have you looking completely unnatural and can take a huge toll on your self-esteem as well as your body over time.

There are also many other health complications that can come from overdoing plastic surgery. Tissue can stretch out to the point where it’s no longer fixable, having multiple surgical procedures can take a huge toll on your body and your overall health, and not to mention it can slowly become a true addiction that can be hard to break.

Having a doctor that can help you understand what will look good and what won’t is extremely important in selecting a surgeon. If you’re talking a surgeon who is consistently telling you that they can do whatever you want, then you may want to seek out a new doctor, one that actually has your best interest in mind instead of their own bank account.

Plastic surgery is an art form. It requires precision, skill, and a great understanding of what will look good for certain people and what won’t. It also requires the ability to withdraw yourself from a situation, or communicate with your patient, when you don’t feel that a certain procedure is the right one for them.

Not everyone is going to like hearing no, but in the long run you’ll be a better surgeon and you’ll get more positive feedback from patients that will outweigh all the people you may have to turn away.


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