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How to Choose the Best Plastic Surgeon for You

Surgery is not something you return to the store in a week or so if things do not work out the way you want them to. A tummy tuck gone awry, a faulty nose job, these are all things you will have to live with.  Lubbock plastic surgery offers our promise that you can trust our doctors and trust our work, but you don’t have to just take our word for it. We expect you to do your research on our doctors and facilities just as you would on any other; in fact, we encourage it! Here are a few tips to ensure your Lubbock plastic surgery is one you’ll be happy with for years to come.

    1. Choose a Board-Certified Doctordr-rowley

A doctor’s board-certification is your best guide in initially evaluating his or her skills.  Plastic surgeons that are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) have met specific training requirements to declare themselves uniquely qualified to handle plastic surgery; Lubbock community members can rely on this nationally recognized certification as a solid indicator of a well-trained plastic surgeon.

    2. Verify the Surgeon’s Record and Expertise

In addition to a general certification, do some research on the doctor’s records by contacting the state’s medical board. All disciplinary actions against the surgeon will be on record. This is also a good way to verify the surgeon’s medical license. You can also contact the surgeon directly concerning his or her experience with the specific procedure you are pursuing. You would rather get that tummy tuck from someone who regularly and successfully performs tummy tuck surgeries, as opposed to someone who is willing to perform one but generally specializes in another surgery. Also check if the surgeon has hospital privileges. Hospitals have certain standards for work performed within their walls, and if a surgeon does not have rights to do work under the hospital’s name, that can be a red flag.

    3. Go with Your Gut Feeling

Talking to your friends is a great way to get reliable referrals and general reviews. Who knows which rating sites online have been tampered with these days with false reviews, so for your plastic surgery, Lubbock friends and family will give you an honest review to start with. And all in all, drill the doctor with plenty of questions on your first visits. How you feel about a doctor is absolutely a factor in your evaluation.

More Women are now Considering Plastic Surgery

According to a survey from RealSelf, an information website with reviews on aesthetic procedures, one out of every five women in America is giving genuine thought to plastic surgery. Whether it is good or bad, our use of social media to publicize images of ourselves and our general selfie culture has greatly impacted the concerns of body image for millions of U.S. women and men. While a number of other factors most likely contribute to this rising interest in plastic surgery, most American women express dissatisfaction at one point or another with their appearance in either small or bigger ways. Whether or not you are already part of the twenty-one percent of women reflected in this statistic, plastic surgery could be the answer for your body image concerns with some added health benefits that comes with some plastic surgery procedures. Lubbock plastic surgery has options to help meet your needs.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported that in the U.S. in 2005 there were 10.2 million cosmetic surgery procedures performed and in 2014 there were 15.6 million cosmetic procedures performed. The number one procedure being breast augmentation, including breast implant and breast reduction. If you are thinking about plastic surgery, Lubbock options of doctors rank high with Rowley Plastic Surgery.

The Top 5 Cosmetic Surgical Procedures in 2014 according to ASPS arelubbock plastic surgery otoplasty

  • Breast augmentation (286,000)
  • Nose reshaping (217,000)
  • Liposuction (211,000)
  • Eyelid surgery (207,000)
  • Facelift (128,000)

ASPS reports that breast augmentation has been the top cosmetic surgical procedure since 2006. And while women consider Lubbock plastic surgery far more often than men, the United States saw notable gains (up 14 percent) in male breast reduction procedures called gynecomastia.

Suffice it to say that numbers are going up for plastic surgery nationwide, and for good reason. Procedures are safe and effective. So if you’re considering Lubbock plastic surgery you are in good company!

Tips for Reducing Plastic Surgery Scars

lubbock tummy tuckIn addition to hoping for a successful surgery, often patients are concerned about ensuring a successful recovery–including minimal scarring. Certainly there are factors beyond your control in managing scars after having Lubbock plastic surgery. Factors that contribute to scarring or the visibility of scarring include: old age; fair skin; genetic tendencies; and the size, depth, and location of your incision. Most of these factors are set for you, but that doesn’t mean you need to feel helpless since there are plenty of things you can do to help your healing process and reduce the appearance of scars.

How to Reduce The Appearance of Scars

  1. Stop smoking.This certainly is not an easy thing to do, but it is incredibly important for your recovery. You should begin eliminating smoking from your lifestyle several weeks before your surgery, and then continue abstaining for several months after. Smoking limits the oxygen levels in your blood and causes the blood to carry carbon monoxide. Your body needs lots of fresh oxygen to heal properly after plastic surgery in Lubbock. Smoking and insufficient oxygen levels can lead to complications in your recovery.
  2. Drink LOTS of water and eat plenty of fruits and veggies. The better your nutritional intake, the healthier your immune system will be to aid your recovery. Coffee, alcohol, and soda do not count toward your overall needed water. Fresh, clean water (preferably filtered) is a must for scar reduction.
  3. Properly care for the wound as it heals. Keeping the wound clean and hydrated. Absolutely do not pick at the scab as it heals. Flat silicone sheeting can help a scar retain a low profile by keeping it from raising above the level of the surrounding skin. Certain creams can also help. You may notice swelling and bruising around the surgery location. For example, breast implants may seem larger than expected as you wait for swelling to reduce. Give yourself time for you body to recover from the initial shock of Lubbock plastic surgery.

A little bit of love and a lot of patience can help you gently care for your wound as it heals. The more you can do to live a generally healthy lifestyle with good food, exercise (as appropriate, pending your type of surgery), and good hygiene, the better your chances are for a thorough recovery with minimal scars. And within a short time your breast implants or other surgery will be well on its way to perfection.