How Realistic are Expectations of Cosmetic Surgery?

August 18th, 2014

As age sets in some may consider cosmetic surgery, but how realistic are the expectations of invasive beauty enhancements?   There are now many alternatives to going under the knife in the realm of natural preventative skincare.  And yet among others, there may be professional reasons as a consideration for choosing surgery.   Many celebrities opt for this choice because of the demands of physical beauty within the industry.   Others have chosen to age gracefully with professional age-reversing facials and the added perk of organic botanical products as part of a daily skin health regime.

Ideally, medical consultations are designed to help weigh the actual outcome of surgery against the anticipation of what are often unrealistic results.  On the advice of plastic surgeon Dr. Millicent Odunze, “ Make sure your expectations are realistic or you’ll surely be disappointed.”  Oftentimes her clients arrive with  photo-shopped notions of youthful perfection that leave them deflated with the final results.  Before any procedure, doctors of integrity should tell clients to think through:

  • Safety concerns
  • Recovery time and side effects
  • Moderation for a natural looking results
  • The motives of the surgeon


What are non-invasive alternatives to cosmetic surgery?

There are several non-invasive facials touted for anti-aging effects by the A-list crowd as well as respected dermatologists.  Leading professionals truly understand the old adage: ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’  For example, Dr. Jenny Oaks-Sobera of Village Dermatology acknowledges the efficacy of microdermabrasion as a clarifying treatment that boosts permeability of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in a rejuvenating serum.  The end result is a flawless brightened complexion with a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

Microdermabrasion is an optimal way to shed dead skin tissue to make way for new cells.  The process enhances blood circulation to jolt cell regeneration for a revitalized ageless appearance.  This is why many high-end day spas include this treatment as one of their most desired services.  When applied regularly as preventative natural face care , it is one therapy that may save you a facelift down the line.  Imagine a face care routine that can curtail the signs of aging that lead some down the path toward invasive procedures.   Highly skilled aestheticians at the top skincare sanctuaries consult clients to develop a customized regime specific to their skin type that include non-invasive alternatives to surgery.

Should you be set on cosmetic surgery, do your research first.  President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Douglas McGeorge, warns prospective clients: “surgery is a serious undertaking which requires realistic expectations and should only proceed after proper consultation with a properly qualified clinician in an appropriate clinical setting.”


Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise-trekking the national museum scene…