The problem when plastic surgery meets the limelight

February 21, 2013

The problem when plastic surgery meets the limelight
The problem when plastic surgery meets the limelight

The media can have a big impact on the way we perceive the world around us, but is it always wise to trust the word of news organizations? Items that grab headlines are exceptional, which can make relating them to everyday life a tricky process. When it comes to plastic surgery, making assumptions about what options are available and what outcomes are expected based solely on what you hear on the news isn't the best way to get informed.

What makes the news?
If you do a quick Google search for news about plastic surgery, you'll likely come across quite a few scary stories about liposuction procedures gone haywire or back-alley doctors injecting unsuspecting patients with all sorts of dangerous substances. While such incidents do happen, they are very, very rare, and are often the result of individuals failing to take patient safety seriously.

The reality is that the vast majority of surgeries performed by board-certified plastic surgeons go off just as planned, and they often deliver results that make patients quite happy. You can take your safety into your own hands by asking your plastic surgeon about his or her accreditation, experience and medical training. A thorough consultation can not only inform you about potential procedures, but it can also let you know how to best stay safe when preparing to go under the knife.

Be wary of celebrities
Aside from plastic surgery mishaps, you'll also likely hear a lot about celebrities who have received less-than-stellar plastic surgery. The news media loves to gawk at stars who have gone a little too far with their beauty enhancement, but you must maintain a realistic perspective when reading such stories. Remember that the media will focus on celebs who have had bad plastic surgery while completely ignoring those who have improved their appearance by going under the knife - often because it's not as obvious when a person has received high-quality plastic surgery.

Many individuals ask their doctor to give them a natural or organic look, which means the results of your surgery will be subtle enough that people won't notice outright. Instead, they are more likely to think you look well-rested and pick up on your boosted self-confidence and the healthy glow that quality cosmetic surgery can provide.

If you're interested in getting the real deal on what plastic surgery can do for you, your best bet is to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a one-on-one conversation.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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