Center for Plastic Surgery
1945 Old Gallows Road, Suite 400
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
Phone: (703) 560-2850
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Center for Plastic Surgery
5550 Friendship Blvd, Suite 130
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 652-7700
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

“Marathon” Plastic Surgery & Patient Safety

Center for Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery has certainly become less of a taboo.  People are more forthright discussing their advocacy of it or even what cosmetic enhancements they’ve personally had.  But even with this wider acceptance of cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery, some guidelines are better left unchanged such as the necessity of a well-educated, thoughtful choice to have surgery and the risk factors involved with surgery.

Everyone remembers the 10-procedure surgical “marathon” Heidi Montag opted for in 2009.  Amidst the subsequent gossiping from the media and public, and despite her significantly altered appearance, Heidi seemed to have been pleased with the outcome.  Fast forward three years later and she’s openly expressing regret, stating that she “should have researched it more” and even going on to say how “traumatic” it was to make such a big transformation all at once.

The decision to have cosmetic surgery is not one to be taken lightly.  Sure it’s helpful to have a positive outlook – enthusiasm is practically essential when you’re having an elective procedure.  But throwing caution to the wind because of an impulsive decision can have permanent and costly (in every sense of the word) conclusions in terms of a patient’s emotional and physical well-being.

Typically, what makes a surgery so successful for the patient (and the surgeon) is a natural-appearing result.  Most people want to refine and improve their own physical attributes without seeming “overdone”.  What seems like a slight change often yields an improvement that, to the patient, is remarkable.  It goes without saying that a more substantial change, like 10 surgeries at once, will likely have a considerable emotional impact on the patient sooner or later.  The reason is simple: it’s uncharted territory.  This isn’t a haircut or eyebrow waxing.  To see yourself physically altered is a new emotional experience – even if it’s a positive one such as a successful surgical result or something like tremendous weight loss.

The other key component, and the most important one, is safety.  Plastic surgeons and their operating facilities maintain rigorous standards to ensure patients remain safe.  The crux of these criterion is based on what can and cannot be tolerated by the body, and therefore, are important guidelines to adhere to.

We can appreciate an eager and optimistic perspective regarding the choice to finally go for something you’ve wanted to do.  We’ll even grant that it can be downright fun, we really do understand.  But in our experience, the most successful results stem from a basic combination of consideration, education, regard for health and safety and enthusiasm.

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