Cosmetic Surgery: Why we Work Backwards

If you’re contemplating cosmetic surgery, you may imagine complete forward progress. First, you decide which procedure you need to look the way you want to look. Then, you decide which plastic surgeon you will trust to perform that procedure. Then it’s just a matter of scheduling surgery and preparing for your recovery, right? Not always. Here, we want to point out that there is merit to working backward when it comes to cosmetic procedures through example.

Example #1 – Liposuction and Abdominoplasty

Liposuction is one of the leading cosmetic procedures performed each year. This procedure has been refined to make the extraction of unwanted fat easier and less traumatic on surrounding tissues. Because of the popularity experienced by liposuction, there is a tendency for people to assume this is the procedure they need to reduce belly fat. What may come as a surprise is hearing a recommendation for abdominoplasty. This may feel unnecessary, but your plastic surgeon knows how to achieve the desired outcome. When liposuction is performed, the desired outcomes is a flat, tight stomach. This cannot be achieved if the tissue that remains after fat extraction is loose and saggy. Abdominoplasty manually tightens and reconnects muscle tissue that has become separated, causing the midsection to sag.

Example #2 – Neck Lift and Face Lift

Neck lift surgery has also gained ground in the world of beauty. Men and women with horizontal lines and loose skin on the neck and chin areas may turn to this minimal lift procedure to improve their appearance. There is the benefit to the neck lift procedure, so long as there is not also the desire to reduce or eliminate jowls. Jowls are a face problem, not a neck problem. They form because the structural integrity of the cheek area has fallen, allowing tissue to accumulate at the jawline. In this example, a face lift or face and neck lift would provide the best results.

If you’ve been thinking about having a cosmetic procedure, turn your attention to your desired outcome, then schedule a consultation with your San Antonio cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Schaffer, to discover the best way to get there. We’re happy to speak with you at 210-227-3223.

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