Plastic Surgery Coach

Plastic Surgeons Use Instagram to Lure Patients

Social media has a huge influence on consumers and some plastic surgeons are using it to lure patients. These tactics may put consumers at risk for bad plastic surgery with serious complications.

Instagram is the biggest lure for patients. Plastic Surgeons around the globe are using different gimmicks to attract new patients.  There has been several recent articles discussing this danger. One article recently appeared in the Daily Mail, discussing how plastic surgeons are strategically using ‘soft porn’ images on social media to promote their businesses. This is especially true on Instagram.  These images are sending false messages of body perfection and contributing to body dysmorphia and anxiety.

More and more people especially young woman are influenced by photos on Instagram.  These photos give false expectations and false hope.  Our bodies are not perfect, even with plastic surgery.  Photo touching apps can easily make anyone look better, yet these are unrealistic expectations.

Generally most people are not really aware of all the risks nor do they take their time to research surgeons or even know the right questions to ask. Making the right choice is complicated.  As a plastic surgery coach, I have counseled many more revision clients over the past year than ever before.

As we approach the holiday season, plastic surgeons are also using Instagram for promoting free surgery and filler giveaways.  I don’t know any highly skilled Board Certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist who is so hungry for business to promote free giveaways. All very scary, yet unfortunately tempting to many people who are not educated in the risks of plastic surgery. Filler injections in the hands of an unskilled doctor or unlicensed professional is also dangerous and can lead to many complications.

Be aware that plastic surgery has risks. Complications during and after plastic surgery can happen to any trained Board Certified Surgeon, but the odds are much less.  Patients can also experience filler complications even when injected by a highly trained licensed medical professional.

If you are using social media as your primary source of information, you are increasing your risks for complications or worse.   There are many factors to consider before deciding whether plastic surgery  is right for you.  Choosing a plastic surgeon is only part of the process.

  • Don’t be influenced to choose a plastic surgeon by their social media pictures or promotional videos
  • Don’t choose a plastic surgeon because the practice is giving away a free procedure or filler injections
  • Don’t choose a plastic surgeon because they have thousands of Instagram followers
  • Don’t choose a plastic surgeon based on price
  • Don’t choose a plastic surgeon solely based on posts in any private Facebook plastic surgery group
  • Don’t choose a plastic surgeon because they have a TV show or lots of media sound-bytes

Choose a plastic surgeon based your in-depth personal research or hire a trusted expert a plastic surgery coach who has already done all the research for you.

 

 

 

Review: Skin Tightening Without Surgery Thermage FLX- Five Months After

I had my first Thermage treatment for a loose neckline in 2009, as I was a long way away from any surgery.  Ouch!  The treatment was not only very painful, I saw no results.

So when Dr. Vic Narurkar , San Francisco dermatologist and Laser King asked if I’d like to try the new Thermage treatment for training purposes, I said yes.  For years, Thermage has been called “the gold standard” for skin tightening.

Thermage FLX  delivers radio-frequency energy deep below the surface of the skin were the collagen is produced. The energy heats and smooths out the existing  collagen and creates  new collagen. It also heats up the skin faster. FLX  is the newest version and a big game changer as it produces more predictable results.  The tips are 33% larger so larger treatment surface areas can be treated, allowing for faster treatment times.  A face and neck can be done under 60 minutes, making all the treatment areas more comfortable.  You will see immediate off the table results but optimal results are generally at the 3 to 6 month mark . Retreatment is done every 1 to 3 years.

I’m always a little skeptical about skin tightening devices. Patient selection is key, as not everyone will benefit.  Since my last Thermage in 2009, I’ve had a face and neck lift. However, my neck was never tight enough, so I was willing to give this a try.

I expected to get numbing cream before the treatment, even though I knew it could not hurt as much as the first time.  I was told that I did not need  numbing cream and that it would not hurt. My anxiety level went up 100%. However, I put my faith into Dr. Narurkar’s  skilled hands and trusted him.   Once we started the treatment, I was incredibly surprised to feel almost nothing.  I was dozing off. Amazing!

Dr. Narurkar used a setting of 2.5 to 3.5 on my face and 1.5 to 2 on submentum and 0.5 to 1 on my neck.  900 count tip.  About 4 to 6 passes per anatomic area.

 

 

Right after my treatment, my face had a nice glow and I could see it looked tighter.

It’s been five months since my treatments. I see a little lifting around my jaw line. My brows do look elevated. It’s hard to tell if there is any improvement in my neck, but I was not expecting much.

In conclusion, Thermage FLX is extremely comfortable. As results improve over time, you have to be patient. It’s not a quick fix.  Results take 3-6 months. The treatment is a great adjunct after a facelift. If I had a Thermage treatment soon after my facelift, my  facelift may have lasted longer than it did.  As I said, patient selection is important and you have to manage your expectations.   Combining Thermage FLX  with Botox and Fillers helps in maintaining a youthful appearance.   Keep in mind, if  you really need a facelift and have lots of loose, sagging skin you may not be happy with the results. Results are different with each person.  Before you decide, please seek the advise of a Board Certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon who has a lot of experience in treating patients of all age groups with Thermage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filling Eye Hollows with Dermal Fillers: What Are The Risks?

Cosmetic injection in the spa salon
Deep hollows under your eyes can make you look tired and dull.  HA fillers can fill your hollows for a refreshed and more youthful look.

Filling eye hollows is a delicate business and there are risks. The biggest risk is bruising, lumps, overfilling and swelling. In some cases if not done properly it can actually make your lower eye area look worse.   Today there are more hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers in the aesthetic tool box and techniques for treating this delicate area have improved.

I’ve read many posts online about patients who have had fillers and are experiencing puffiness, lumps, bruising, swelling and a baggy look after the injections. Others have  good results. I’ve also experienced good and bad results.  Please choose your injector wisely. This is a very difficult area to treat.

Performing “tear trough” treatments to the hollow area under the eyes requires meticulous technique.  When done correctly the results are very satisfying.  The most important factor is to go to an injector who is has a lot of experience in this area.

Below are some guidelines to consider before you jump into filling your eye hollows (tear trough).

Parts of this post was originally written in 20o9 when I had my tear troughs treated for the first time.

A business colleague had her tear trough area filled by a local plastic surgeon in San Francisco, CA .  I was very impressed with her results and decided to fill my eye hollows, for a more youthful look.  At the time there were only two HA fillers on the market Juvederm and Restylane. Although both fillers were very similar Juvederm tends to create more puffiness in the eye area than Restylane, as it absorbs more water. My surgeon choose Juvederm which surprised me because Restylane was the preferred filler for this area. However, I trusted his judgement.

Afterwards I very bruised, swollen and lumpy. I waited patiently a couple of weeks hoping it would resolve. The bruising diminished but the puffiness persisted. I looked like I had been punched in the face and knew that OI needed a correction. Fortunately HA fillers can easily be dissolved with hyaluronidase. (more…)