Here at Raval Facial Aesthetics, prospective patients often ask about anesthesia. If you’re considering nose or facelift surgery, it’s important to know that not all plastic surgeons approach anesthesia the same way. We recommend you ask these 5 questions.
For many years, the world of plastic surgery has been dominated by female patients seeking to reverse the signs of aging or to change some aspect of their physical appearance. The societal pressure to maintain a youthful, pleasant look has historically been placed upon women. Well, times are changing and Dr. Raval has seen a growing population of men who are interested in procedures like rhinoplasty and facelifts as well as non-surgical treatments like Botox and facial fillers. Hair replacement surgery remains at the top of the list for men, but more and more, they are exploring the procedures that have been popular among women for many years.
Although patients typically seek a rhinoplasty procedure for only nose reshaping, the results of a recent study suggest that a rhinoplasty (a nose job) may also make patients look younger. For prospective patients like you, this means that a rhinoplasty procedure can improve the shape of your nose, increase the attractiveness of your facial proportions, and help you fight signs of aging.
“Like congestion from an allergy or cold, some people might view all nasal breathing problems as temporary—some are, many require specialized surgery.” As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and ENT (Otolarnyngologist) dedicated to long-term results, Dr. Raval wants prospective patients with persistent breathing difficulty to be informed: “There many nasal-specific causes, but few adequately trained surgeons that a patient can identify to help solve the problem and improve their life.” One of the most common causes is from a phenomenon many people have never heard of; the nasal valve.
From their past procedures, your situation and needs may resemble those you have seen in online “before and after” galleries. Through consultation, you can gain greater access to similar patient outcomes through patient references. Ask your doctor to see similar surgical results from their own before and after portfolio and to have a list of patients you can contact. One or two contacts may not be a good sign, but the longer list is not always better because you really want a patient portfolio and reference list relevant to your procedure.
It's an age-old debate. How young is too young for plastic surgery? Well, that answer is different based on a variety of reasons. It is actually based on both physical growth and emotional readiness. Parents will seek plastic surgery for their child for a variety of reasons.
Cosmetic surgery has evolved tremendously over the last couple of decades. Earlier, the products available at the disposal of cosmetic surgeons could not guarantee 100% patient safety and also often under-performed. Maybe that was because this form of surgery was not considered a part of mainstream medicine and there was lack of research and funds.
While it’s quite evident that cosmetic surgery has become somewhat bigger part of the beauty industry nowadays, especially for people who would like look as youthful as they feel, there are numerous misconceptions and oversimplified ideas that exist with regards to it. For instance, it’s quite interesting to mention that some people believe that plastic surgery involves the use of plastic materials, an idea which is very untrue.
Although some view plastic surgery as dramatic, unrealistic, and vain, others—like Dr. Raval supports cosmetic surgeries as moderate, natural, and healthy procedures for patients with the right expectations. In a recent column, Huffington Post writer, Kristen Houghton supported Dr. Raval’s professional view in a natural aesthetic, saying she doesn’t “want to make a drastic change; I just want to look fresh and healthy.” Ms. Houghton, like many of Dr. Raval’s patients, have learned that not only are natural, healthy-looking procedures available with the right surgeon, but also that each procedure is as unique as the patient. Knowing that your facelift, eyelid lift, or other surgical treatment is uniquely your own allows you to see the myth of the “dramatic, unrealistic, and vain surgery.” Through individual consultation and deep expertise, Dr. Raval supports surgery only as a positive option for his patients’ appearance, health, and self-image. Ms. Houghton is a good example of the patient with realistic expectations.