5 Things to Consider Before Cosmetic Surgery

doctor drawing correcting lines on senior woman face before plastic surgery

Botox, breast enhancement, lip augmentation and other cosmetic procedures are on the rise, according to recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 2015, 12.5 million patients had “minimally invasive” treatments and another 1.4 million patients had plastic surgery.

For anyone who is contemplating getting a nip and tuck, or perhaps some subtle facial rejuvenation, there are some important aspects to consider before taking the plunge. Here are five tips offered by Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, who recently made New York magazine’s “2016 Best Doctors” list.

Not everyone is a good candidate

A good plastic surgeon will ask prospective patients about their motivations and expectations for surgery. Sometimes, patients are turned away because of pre-existing conditions or unhealthy motivations that trigger red flags. Remember that your doctor is your advocate—always keeping your safety and best interests at the forefront. Before a consultation, ask yourself: are you doing this for you or to impress someone else?

Ask questions, get answers

Even the simplest of procedures carry risks and possible side effects. Be prepared ahead of time by asking tons of questions about what to expect, potential outcomes and the recovery process. How long will swelling and redness last? Will you need to restrict activities while healing? While some procedures like Juvederm can be tweaked or modified later, others are more permanent in nature.

Men are having plastic surgery too

While they might not admit it as readily, men are just as concerned about the effects of gravity, sun damage and age on their bodies. Male plastic surgery is on the rise, according to recent ASPS statistics.  Total cosmetic treatments for men increased 22 percent over the past decade. Botox injections, liposuction and breast reduction are some of the most requested procedures.

Non-invasive treatments can work wonders

Before committing to a brow lift or face lift, consider a less invasive approach that carries fewer risks of complications. Even the most wrinkled of brows can benefit from Botox, and dermal fillers can take years off the face, giving patients a refreshed appearance.

Some women are more comfortable with a female doctor

No matter their confidence level, some women feel more comfortable and relatable in the care of a female doctor – someone who understands those little details and body issues intimately. Women tend to be their own worst critics, whether worrying about breast size after pregnancy and childbirth or skin laxity following major weight loss.

Before embarking on any type of cosmetic procedure, it’s important to do your homework. Talk to friends who have gone under the knife, read forums dedicated to honest plastic surgery reviews, and always vet your surgeon carefully, ensuring they are board certified. You can also ask your surgeon for before and after photos of their previous work to get a clearer picture of their skills.

Preminger of New York, located on Park Avenue, is a boutique practice that provides a full range of procedures for both men and women. To schedule a consultation with female plastic surgeon Dr. Preminger, please call 212-706-1900.