Ajaipal Kang, M.D.: What to know and do before having cosmetic surgery –

Ajaipal Kang, M.D.: What to know and do before having cosmetic surgery –

Ajaipal Kang| Special to the Erie Times-News

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Are youcurious about cosmetic surgery?

For most people, the word cosmetic generates immediate interest and excitement. No wonder that the cosmetic market is worth over $93 billion in the United States, according to online statistics.

The goal of these procedures should be to ensure that patients results look nice and natural. We can then split these procedures into surgical and nonsurgical categories.

The top five nonsurgical procedures included Botulinum toxins (Botox), soft tissue fillers, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peeland intense pulse light treatment, according to 2020 data from theAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The top five surgical procedures included nose reshaping, eyelid lift, liposuction, faceliftand breast enhancement.

The major differences arethat nonsurgical procedures usually are shorter to perform, have less downtime andare less expensive. However,the results are also short-lived compared withsurgical procedures, where the initial expense is higher butthe results last a lot longer.

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But how does anyone know if they are a better candidate for one kind of procedure or another?

The answer begins with a consultation. The best advice is to seek a provider who is a qualified, experiencedand board-certified physician. It is preferable that the physician is affiliated with a reputable hospital.

Also make sure that their office is a safe, clean environment. Online information is certainly helpful, but it is best to take it with a grain of salt.

The growing social media presence in our lives has thrown an interesting wrench. It has become harder to separate educational content from entertaining content.

Does livestreaming a procedure make it less safe? Does a providers interesting dance routine in the middle of a proceduremake them a more desirable option?

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Once you have selected a provider, it is best to be ready with specific questions. Ideally, the provider will give you both surgical and nonsurgical options and explain potential benefits and complications.

Since every procedure has some risk associated with it, ask about the most common complications.

Be wary of a provider who wants to sell you services that you don't want. Be wary of seeking care at an independent spa without direct oversight of a qualified physician.

Cosmetic procedures can be safe, effective, affordable and help you achieve a natural look. The key is to seek the right, qualified, experienced provider and being compliant with the post-procedure instructions.

Ajaipal Kang, M.D.,is the chairman of the department of surgery and chief of division of plastic surgery at UPMC Hamot.

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