Get Informed, Get Healthy Before Cosmetic Surgery
by Jeffrey W. Hall, M.D.
Looking good makes you feel good. Today, men and women recognize the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyles as the foundation for longevity, especially when considering cosmetic surgery.
Healthy living improves results
If you are considering surgery or other options, check the status of your health and fitness before making any decisions. My practice maintains a total wellness approach to cosmetic surgery, skin rejuvenation and anti-aging.
Strong, healthy patients have more satisfying results than those who are significantly overweight or undernourished. Hall Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center offers affordable nutritional counseling for weight loss, enhanced energy and hormonal balance. We also provide an on-site Fitness Studio for private classes and personal training. Adding a wellness component to our patient care encourages individuals to get and stay fit before and after their procedures.
Less-invasive options for all ages
No matter how hard we work out or how well we eat, good health can’t turn back time. Today, doctors offer noninvasive options for those seeking cosmetic improvements. Advanced laser technologies provide virtually pain-free treatments to smooth winkles, calm acne, tighten skin, improve sun-damaged skin and counter the subtle effects of gravity—all in an afternoon. In fact, the newest laser technologies, such as the innovative Accent system, can treat multiple problems on and below the skin’s service. These improved lasers not only rejuvenate facial tissue but can also tighten loose skin anywhere on the body—under arms, thighs, abdomen and buttocks, sometimes replacing the need for more invasive surgery.
For anyone with sagging eyebrows or forehead lines, Botox injections offer a safe, fast and effective solution that relaxes muscles and smoothes out lines. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvéderm and Restylane, temporarily fill deeper lines and wrinkles, usually around the nose and mouth, and when combined with laser treatments can refresh and revitalize the entire face. Today’s options are plentiful but patients should be diligent about checking credentials to ensure you have a skilled, qualified professional.
Cosmetic surgery is an option for patients desiring more dramatic improvements, such as: a full or partial face-lift; breast implants, reduction or lift; tummy tuck or liposuction; or tissue repair. Most patients look for natural results that are well suited to their size, bone structure and body type. Seek out physicians who communicate clearly about expectations, results and recovery, and are willing to talk about complications and follow-up care. For better health and safety when considering cosmetic surgery, I’ve compiled the following checklist.
Tips for better results
• Ask questions, ask to see before-and-after photos, and find out how often the surgeon performs the procedure.
• Find out if the doctor has designated operating privileges at local hospitals. Check for disciplinary actions at www.tmb.state.tx.us.
• Verify credentials and ask for references. Plastic surgeons should be board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
• Get a checkup from your family doctor.
• Never feel rushed or pressured.
• Ask if your physician carries malpractice insurance.
Dr. Jeffrey Hall is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, serves as Chief of Plastic Surgery for the Seton Medical Network and has been in practice for more than twelve years. Together, Dr. Hall and his wife Tricia Hall, founder of the Laser and Skin Care Center of Austin, have combined practices. To sign up for monthly Wellness Tips and specials go to www.hallplasticsurgery.com.