The colorful celebrity magazines that call to us from the grocery check-out line may not have much of an impact on world events, but they certainly influence the way we view diets, casseroles — and plastic surgery.
Leafing through the glossy pages we see what is possible, and what can possibly go wrong, when stars reimagine their look with a series of plastic surgery transformations. Many patients carry this mix of hope and apprehension into their initial consultation and beyond, to the day of surgery. Below, the trusted Cleveland-area plastic surgeons of Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery discuss ways to manage expectations and ease anxiety.
Experience and Moderation
The so-called “done look” that many fear is usually the result of a patient, or doctor, who has gone too far with one or more plastic surgery procedures. Plastic surgery performed by a gifted surgeon should enhance your appearance, restoring the deep beauty that has been obscured by the passage of time.
Patients who begin a consultation with the phrase, “I want to look just like …” are not thinking clearly about the benefits and limitations of plastic surgery. The goal should not be to become a Clooney or Kardashian, but to resemble a more youthful, vibrant you.
With that balanced perspective — along with the confidence that comes from knowing you have chosen a highly skilled surgeon — there is very little room for disappointment with your ultimate result, and no reason to fear the outcome.
Minimizing Pain and Scarring
Of course, resembling a cartoon caricature is not the only fear that clients may have about a plastic surgery procedure. Pain and scarring are also top concerns.
Patients of Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery can be confident that their surgeon is skilled at minimizing scarring, precisely placing each incision and consulting with the patient well in advance of a procedure to understand the patient’s preferences. In breast augmentation procedures, for example, there are a variety of ways an implant can be inserted under the muscle and skin, and each requires its own unique type of incision. With tummy tuck, the incision can be made low on the abdomen, below the bikini line for women.
Pain management is a key element of all surgeries performed at Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery. In the past decade there have been incredible advances in anesthetic options, and our practice offers all the latest options. Minor procedures may require only localized numbing. For more complex procedures, you will typically be given a sedative when you arrive for your surgery, and later a stronger pain management medication through an IV.
Controlling the pain doesn’t stop with the completion of the surgical procedure. You will receive additional medication through the IV, and your surgeon may also implant Exparel, a time-release sedative that eases discomfort for as long as three days. You will also receive prescriptions for oral medications, including Valium, which is useful in managing muscle pain with major procedures such as breast surgery and tummy tuck.
For additional tips on overcoming anxiety, or to learn more about available plastic surgery procedures, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Foglietti or Dr. Fostyk by contacting Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery today.