“BOTOX just makes me look and feel happier”.
I hear that all the time from my patients that use BOTOX regularly. Now there is a true scientific study that supports these claims. Check here to check out the article by Dr. Dayan in Chicago. Dr. Dayan is also a facial plastic surgeon, who speaks at many of the national conferences. He has great reputation for doing studies to prove the claims that many plastic surgeons have. So if getting BOTOX makes you feel happier, you are not alone!
No doubt, cosmetic surgery can make a difference in your appearance. Eyelid surgery can make you look less tired and more energetic. Facelifts make you look more fit and youthful. All cosmetic procedures can make you feel more confident – “Hey, I look better than I did!” You may not look 30 again, but hopefully you will now look confident. Looking great with years of experience under your belt can be an advantage.
So can cosmetic surgery land you a new job?
Cosmetic surgery is very popular and nothing to be ashamed of – but it is personal. I now realize that most patients like to visit our website at their convenience, or read a newsletter from their private email account, but they do not want the newest facelift procedure featured on their personal Facebook wall for all their friends to read. While Facebook is personal, it really is no longer private. We still have a practice Facebook page, and I still post information for patients that follow us – but I don’t take it personally when someone chooses not to publicly like the page. I also don’t take it personally when a happy facelift patient pretends not to know me at a social function. Everyone deserves privacy, and friendships are still valued, even if they are not publicly proclaimed.
“Couldn’t we still do the procedure – after all I would be stopping 4 days ahead rather than 7 days?”
Last Monday I got an unexpected break – a close friend had decided to have surgery, but then took aspirin 4 days before the procedure and had to reschedule. Luckily, this rarely happens as we see all patients 2 weeks before surgery and instruct them to stop aspirin. However, this patient is a friend who was too busy to come in early. He had had other surgeries and had talked to me about the details “socially”. So when he decided to go to Hawaii before surgery and come in for his pre-operative appointment just 4 days prior his procedure, I agreed. Surely he knew to stop aspirin (and I must have told him at the last party?). After he got home from the appointment he realized that his daily “vitamins” contained aspirin, and he took them that day. “Couldn’t we still do the procedure – after all I would be stopping 4 days ahead rather than 7 days?” He is a very busy man and had rearranged his whole schedule for this procedure, and changing that again would not be easy. Should I make an exception for my friend? Hmmm.