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Choosing Plastic Surgery for the Right Reason

Plastic Surgery for the Right Reasons

Nude in Blue Artist: Farhad Rafizadeh, MD

Choosing to have plastic surgery  is a life changing decision.  I want to take a moment here to emphasize how important it is to undergo surgery for the right reasons.  Recently, there has been a lot of negative media surrounding cosmetic surgery and I want to point out  that there are right and wrong reasons to seek out a change in appearance.  It’s disheartening to see people seeking out plastic surgery following a divorce in order to “get revenge” on their former spouse.  It’s also disappointing to see young people look to cosmetic surgery in order to look like their favorite celebrity or model.  The decision to get plastic surgery should not be to fill a void or fix a shortcoming one sees in themselves.  It should be a decision made in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and  self respecting identity, as I like to say – a whole body approach to beauty.  Here are a few reasons I do encourage patients to consider surgery.

Decrease the Signs of Aging

The majority of patients I see for surgery as well as non-surgical procedures come to me to reverse the signs of aging.  Thanks to technological advances in the field of cosmetic surgery, we have redefined what old age looks like.  I have many patients that come to me with the concern that they don’t look as good as they feel.  Many want to improve the tired appearance wrinkles and loss of volume in the face tend to create.

Remove Localized Fat Deposits

As we get older and our metabolism slows, there are certain stubborn areas of fat on our bodies that seem immune to diet and exercise.  While liposuction is not a replacement for diet and exercise, it can help to get rid of localized fat deposits when done in conjunction with a healthy and active lifestyle.

Reverse Effects of Childbirth

In recent years, there has been a surge in the popularity of the Mommy Make-Over.  There are certain negative effects childbirth has on the body that require surgery in order for women to reclaim their pre-baby bodies.  Sagging breasts, excess stomach fat, and loose skin are all reasons women seek out plastic surgery following childbirth.


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