With highly-rated shows like the E! Network’s hit Botched appearing as regular programming, no wonder there is a new trend brewing in plastic surgery- and not a good one! Getting “botched” is no joke, but people are making rash decisions to change their aesthetic for good.
Imagine looking at yourself in the mirror, day in and day out, seeing the things you want to change but never had the means to do so. This insecurity has played a major role in your personal appearance and self-esteem for as long as you could remember. You’ve considered this a problem for quite some time and when you finally see your opportunity to change this insecurity, you run full speed to your nearest plastic surgeon, “Nose job, please.”
Of course, we know the process is not that simple. You go ahead and visit your doctor for the initial consultation. You see a couple of before and after photos, the doctor tells you everything is going to be good and well. Sooner than you know it, you’ll have the nose you’ve always dreamed of, the one he promised you. In your eyes, everything seems to check out. You continue to prepare yourself for your big day and you can hardly wait to show off your new look.
Operation day comes, you are well and ready. You’ve prepped yourself as much as humanly possible and all you’re focused on is finally being able to look at yourself in the mirror and feel comfortable, confident. You doze off to some anesthesia and a countdown. Next thing you know, you’re awake in the doctors office, feeling well and alive, aside from the immense amount of pressure going on in your face.
The weeks of healing come and go and although you get little sneak peeks at the result, you know that the “swelling will go down” and that you will “eventually get used to your new nose”. Although you have some doubts in the back of your mind, you reassure yourself constantly, I mean, doctor knows best, right?
The more you look at yourself in the mirror, the less confidence you have, not only in your doctor but in yourself. Friends and family tell you it looks fine, of course, that’s their job. They want to try and make you feel as good as possible. But of course, there is always that one true blue that will be honest with you for the sake of your own sanity.
You’ve been botched, girl. Botched!
You thought this type of thing only happens on television or in unregulated third world countries. But no, this happened in your own home town.
The doctor told you that everything would be fine and that you’d be satisfied with the nose you’ve always wanter. Something, somewhere, went wrong.
“What happened? What went wrong? Why would he do this?”
These questions, you may never know the answer to, but perhaps I do.
First of all, money talks. If money is asking if you are specialized or certified, the answer is going to be “yes” 100% of the time (or some other variation of that). If a doctor is inexperienced with this particular procedure but excels in other areas, he still may tell you “yes” and assure you that all is well.
The bigger problem here is lack of research, second opinions, genuine comfortability, and the most important, realistic expectations. You went to this surgeon thinking he will give you the perfectly sculpted nose you always dreamed of but instead, you woke up looking like Marcia Brady, post football face.
Finding a surgeon that specializes in rhinoplasty is one of the most important factors of the entire process. You want to put your trust (and appearance) in the right hands. With a knowledgeable doctor by your side, you can ensure that you will receive all important information regarding process and procedure, both pre- and post- operation.
Do not cut yourself short and rid yourself of the outcomes you so desire. Reaching gratification with yourself is possible with cosmetic surgery, so long you put your trust in a reputable, widely trusted surgeon.
Dr. Kaplan is Board Certified with The American Board of Plastic Surgery. He completed his training in Microsurgery, Reconstructive Surgery, and Replant Surgery at NYU Medical Center in NYC. He finished his plastic surgery training at UMDNJ in Newark, New Jersey. Prior to his training in Plastic & Reconstructive surgery, Dr. Kaplan practiced 5 years of General Surgery and was chief resident at the well-known, and accomplished Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, NY.
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