As I waited at the checkout counter the other day, I came across a tabloid with the title “Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong.” Every day I listen to patients in my office telling me why they wouldn’t consider a certain procedure because “it’s dangerous.” Even a little couch time watching TV is all that I need to confirm the obvious – we are all flooded with the bizarre and sensationalized aspects of plastic surgery.
No wonder patients are afraid. If, supposedly, every plastic surgery encounter results in breasts that are way too big, noses that look artificial, eyebrows that are in the middle of the forehead and lips that are from a large mouth bass, you can’t blame them!
So why is it that I end up scratching my head in disbelief? Why is my world view so different from the rest? From my perspective, as a leading provider of cosmetic plastic surgery in Central Texas, I simply don’t see these outcomes. What I see from reputable Board Certified Plastic Surgeons is excellent work and satisfied patients. When I do see “weird stuff,” it is almost always from non plastic surgeons.
So, in the end, “Plastic Surgery Gone Right” is much closer to reality than people have been led to believe. Probably the main reason why the media portrays plastic surgery the way they do is because sensational headlines are far more likely to attract your attention (and money).Are the headlines keeping you from considering plastic surgery?
Robert Caridi, MD