When we think of plastic surgery, most of us think about Michael’s nose, Meg Ryan’s cheeks or Pamela’s bosom. Actually, for centuries there have been people who’ve stretched their earlobes and necks, enlarged their lips with different items like discs or plates, filed their teeth, had tattoos or scarred their skin, and bound their feet, among other things. These are all forms of body modification, a type of prelude to modern techniques. Historians tell us that the first recorded account of “reconstructive plastic surgery” is found in ancient Indian Sanskrit texts that describe procedures to repair noses and ears that were lost (due to battle or punishment for crimes). The Hindu surgeon Sushruta even described what he called the “attached flap” method in his 600 B.C. text Sushruta Samhita. The ancient Egyptians and Romans also performed cosmetic surgery; the Romans were able to perform some simple techniques, like repairing damaged ears, from around the 1st century BC.
While I’ve never had the urge to file my teeth into points or get Triple E implants, I am totally open to plastic or cosmetic surgery. If I hit the lottery, I would definitely look into scar revision for my awful c-section scars, or some type of laser or other resurfacing technique to lighten and fade my stretch marks. And I love the different lasers available to tighten facial skin. A subtle lift, nip or tuck can have an incredible impact on someone’s appearance. And for so many people, being insecure about a certain feature or aspect of their face or body can cause them to be much less open and unable to interact with people. Fix the issue and suddenly they bloom and begin to really experience life instead of hiding from it. Of course, like I mentioned, we often picture certain celebrities who went way too far. Joan Van Ark is one celeb who really looked worse after her numerous surgeries- you gotta say when!
Janice Dickinson is another celeb who needed to stop.
I was looking through the WestLake Dermatology site, browsing some of their before-and-after photos of real people who underwent different procedures and who still looked real afterwards, but with amazing transformations. Pretty incredible. Just look at the difference in this woman’s face after a nose job. She was already lovely, but in the before image her nose sort of takes over her face, while afterwards she looks in balance and you really notice how pretty her other features are. Obviously, choosing the right doctor and the right practice is about the most important part of the process. You don’t want a doctor who has a fast food menu of services and just repeats the same thing on every person. You want the physicians who really take the time to explain what is realistic.
Reading about the physicians at Westlake Dermatology I was struck by the sheer number of combined years of experience they bring to the table. I actually started to add them up, realized I was doing math and stopped immediately! Suffice it to say it’s a big number. Not only do the various doctors have the time in, they have a broad range of knowledge. It’s not surprising that Westlake Dermatology is a leader in dermatology and cosmetic procedures in the United States, with services such as juvederm, breast augmentation, and laser treatments. In fact, I noticed this statement : “Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery has earned a “Gold Seal Approval” outpatient surgery center accreditation by the Joint Commission. Joint Commission accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.” That is exactly the kind of practice I would be looking for if I were getting ready to trust someone with modifying my appearance!
Of course, I had to visit their store, iderma.com, and take a peek, pen and paper ready to jot down a want- to- try list. So into the brands they carry! Naturally I found a few products I really, really want. They carry Pyratine-6™, Vivite®, iS Clinical (which I love!) and several other lines that I have either sampled or want to! Having the iderma store means that taking care of your skin post-procedure is easy. And you know how I feel about taking care of your skin. The right products could even delay your decision to have surgery if you are able to see a real difference in your skin texture, laxity or discoloration.
The decision to set up a consultation for laser treatments or surgery is pretty personal. We all need a little lift now and then, and I guess the key is to make sure that the one who does the lifting knows his onions!