While many consider plastic surgery primarily to improve their appearance, it can also positively impact mental health. In our appearance-focused society, pressure to conform to certain beauty standards can lead to negative feelings about oneself. It can contribute to mental health issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. Plastic surgery can help address these issues by allowing individuals to feel more confident and satisfied with their appearance, giving them a sense of control over their appearance, and improving their body image. In some cases, plastic surgery has even helped alleviate symptoms of depression and body dysmorphic disorder.
Unfortunately, like any surgical procedure, cosmetic surgery carries certain risks. Individuals who are obese or have diabetes may be at higher risk for complications such as blood clots in the legs or lungs. Smoking can also increase the risk of complications and interfere with the healing process. Consequently, in the minds of many, plastic surgery is still not considered a “safe” option, leading many to wonder if a cosmetic procedure is worth it.
Considering Plastic Surgery Safety
Dr. Neinstein NYC, an experienced plastic surgeon, works alongside leading experts to prove that plastic surgery is a safe option, especially with advances in technology, training, and patient care. To illustrate, consider some of the major contributions that Neinstein and others have contributed to the safety of modern procedures.
Use of Advanced Technologies
Modern plastic surgery often utilizes advanced technologies such as laser surgery and minimally invasive techniques, which can improve precision and reduce the risk of complications.
One such method is J-Plasma. J-Plasma is a minimally invasive procedure that uses cold plasma energy to tighten and improve the laxity of the skin. It is often used in tandem with liposuction to address concerns about the loose skin that can result from fat reduction. In the past, patients concerned about loose skin after liposuction may have avoided the procedure, while those with loose skin but little excess fat had to opt for a large, invasive surgery to address the issue. J-Plasma’s skin tightening technology offers a more targeted and less invasive solution to these concerns.
In addition to traditional plasma liposuction, Dr. Neinstein of Neinstein Plastic Surgery is the only plastic surgeon offering Pure Plasma tightening and sculpting. Patient’s can take advantage of this procedure if they currently have loose skin or loose skin with just a little bit of excess fat. Modern procedures require patients to undergo local anesthesia but result in minimal to no downtime. In practice, plasma tightening involves using a plasma wand to tighten and sculpt the treated area safely. Many patients can return to work and social events within 48 hours after the procedure and expect tightening and sculpting effects within a week, with maximum results appearing within three months. Pure Plasma is ideal for individuals close to their ideal body weight but has loose skin due to genetics, pregnancy, or the natural aging process.
Modern Tools and Techniques
Plastic surgeons today also have access to a wide range of techniques and tools that allow them to perform procedures with greater precision and accuracy.
For example, surgeons now use smaller cannulas to minimize the risk of lumps, bumps, deformities, or injuries. The trade-off is that traditionally surgeons would use larger cannulas to complete the operation more quickly. Therefore, smaller cannulas are more commonly used in a more modern approach to ensure a smoother and more precise result. Dr. Neinstein’s clinic has even tinier cannulas that are similar in size to a stir stick, which helps to minimize the risk of any adverse effects.
Better Patient Selection
Plastic surgeons can now carefully assess a patient’s health and suitability for surgery, which can help reduce the risk of complications. Highly accredited surgeons like Dr. Neinstein typically pre-vett patients, only choosing to operate on those who eat well, exercise and live an overall healthy lifestyle. Since patients are already deemed healthy, outcomes are much safer.
For context, patient selection is a multi-step process that requires careful and thorough analysis to ensure patients have the best chances of success.
In practice, patients will first undergo a consultation with a plastic surgeon. During the consultation, the surgeon will ask about the patient’s medical history and the reason for seeking plastic surgery. The surgeon will also perform a physical examination to determine the patient’s overall health and the procedure’s feasibility. Then, they will discuss goals and expectations. It is important for the patient to be realistic about what a doctor can achieve with surgery in their unique case and to understand any potential risks or complications. Plastic surgeons will then evaluate the patient’s medical history to determine if they are a good candidate for the procedure. After all of these steps are completed, Dr. Neinstein will determine if the patient is a good candidate for plastic surgery or if an alternate procedure may be a better fit.
Enhanced Patient Care
Plastic surgeons and their teams now provide more comprehensive care before, during, and after surgery to help minimize the risk of complications and optimize outcomes. In the case of Dr. Neinstein’s Birkin body procedure, patients will stay at a partner hotel with designated recovery suites and a private duty nurse on the day of surgery. During their stay, patients will receive daily follow-up care from Dr. Neinstein and access to nursing and massage therapy services. The clinic provides all medications, garments, and nutrition supplements. Patients will need to stay in the hotel for one week and be provided with additional garments and scar care products to aid in their recovery before being sent home, an action that further minimizes risks.
Taken together, modern plastic surgery is generally safe when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon and when the surgeon takes appropriate precautions to minimize the risk of complications.