Every day, new techniques and technology are being devised in the field of plastic surgery, and the jargon evolves with it just as quickly. Here are just a terms that are coming up lately that you might want to know about so you’re not left wondering when they come up during a consultation.
Cookie-Cutter Plastic Surgery
When baking cookies, especially themed ones, a cookie cutter can help assure each morsel comes out perfect. This philosophy, however, doesn’t translate over to plastic surgery – your body is a unique snowflake, and needs to be approached to your specific needs. A cookie-cutter surgeon is someone who does the same procedure the same way for all patients. When you go for your consultation, try and get a feel if the surgeon is giving you individual attention, and is taking your body into account.
Invasive vs. Noninvasive
Speaking in broad strokes, there are two categories of plastic surgery procedures: invasive, and non-invasive. This basically means surgical and non-surgical. Surgical procedures, like breast augmentation or a face lift, will require general anesthesia, and some major recovery time. Noninvasive options, meanwhile, are outpatient procedures that can be done under local anesthesia and require much less recovery time, if any. Such procedures include Botox, fillers, and chemical peels. A surgeon can offer these, but you might also find them available at…
A “medspa” is a term that describes a facility that offers your typical spa fare, combined with non-invasive cosmetic procedures like the ones described above. While some debate around them exist, the biggest thing to look out for is whether the person performing these procedures is certified or not. If they have the credentials to perform the cosmetic procedure in question, you should be in safe hands. Research their qualifications before you agree to anything.
With that, you’re all the more educated for when you research the procedure, and the surgeon, that’s right for you. Best of luck!
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