Friends’ actress Courteney Cox was recently quoted across the UK media saying she regretted some of the steps she’d taken to combat the ageing process. Living in the harsh glare of Hollywood, she felt she’d had no choice but to undergo anti-ageing treatments to look more youthful.
Non-surgical treatments vs cosmetic surgery
Although the press described the procedures as cosmetic surgery, Courteney’s exact quote was that “luckily there are things that dissolve and go away. So that’s good because it’s not always been my best look.” This seems to indicate that, rather than a surgical procedure, Ms Cox is discussing non-surgical treatments and, in particular, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers.
Understandably, many men and women are keen to undergo a minimally invasive procedure as they often promise fantastic anti-ageing results with none of the downtime or risk of complications of a surgical operation.
However, I believe that it is essential to approach non-surgical procedures with a healthy dose of caution. Performed by a less than experienced and skilled practitioner, you can end up with too much filler, injected into the wrong place, and be left with the dreaded ‘trout pout’ or ‘pillow face’. Although it is possible to dissolve the hyaluronic acid with a product called hyaluronidase, patients can still be left deeply unhappy with their results.
How can I avoid a bad plastic surgery result?
If you’re contemplating a cosmetic surgery procedure, whether it’s to improve body contours, reverse the signs of ageing or enhance or correct a feature that you’ve always felt self-conscious about, then there are a number of steps you can take to ensure your procedure is as safe and successful as possible.
1. Be clear about why you want surgery
It is important to be clear about what you’re hoping to achieve from your cosmetic surgery procedure and that you’re doing it for you and no one else. During your Leamington cosmetic surgery consultation, I will discuss with you your expectations and reasons for surgery.
2. Understand what the procedure entails
The internet can be a valuable resource, but it can also be full of misleading information. I always advise prospective cosmetic surgery patients to keep an open mind before they arrive for their consultation. Then we can cover every aspect of the procedure, from before, during the operation and through the all-important recovery process.
3. Be realistic
Your cosmetic surgery procedure will not be able to magically transform you into someone else or make you look twenty again; a good cosmetic surgeon can enhance your features or make you look rested and rejuvenated, but the aim should always be to produce natural results.
4. Choose your surgeon wisely
A plastic surgeon is a medical practitioner that has spent many years specialising in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, so check that they are registered on the General Medical Council’s website as a plastic surgeon. Another invaluable resource are the leading independent plastic surgery associations – BAAPS and BAPRAS – of which I am a member. They perform annual safety audits of their members and only admit practitioners that have the correct qualifications.
5. Take your time
I urge my patients have a two-week cooling off period after their initial consultation and I offer a free second consultation before surgery. Whilst the initial consultation is very detailed and not rushed and backed up by an extremely comprehensive letter detailing the consultation so that this can be read and fully understood at home, a second consultation is always available to make sure all anxieties and queries have been addressed. Rushing into such an important decision is often one of the main reasons for regret.
To arrange a consultation at my Leamington Spa, Coventry or Rugby clinics, call 01926 436341.