Plastic Surgery: Let Go of What You Can’t Change, and Take Control of What You Can

We look at pictures of celebrities and famous athletes and automatically assume that because they have a gorgeous body, they don’t struggle with the same insecurities and self-doubt that a lot of us do. But the fact is, almost everyone goes through moments in life where they feel unhappy about some aspect of their body. The size of our breasts may bother us, we may wish we could lose that “spare tire” around our waist, or we’re annoyed by our nose. But ultimate happiness in life depends on letting go of what you can’t change, and taking control of what you can. Cosmetic surgery can help you reshape certain aspects of your appearance and give you the confidence you deserve every day to live your best self.

Studies have shown that plastic surgery can help people gain the confidence that they could never have without it. According to a recent study by the University of Basel in Switzerland, “the vast majority of patients who undergo procedures report that they ‘felt healthier, were less anxious, had developed more self-esteem and felt more attractive’” and “[b]ecause having a positive association with self-image, higher confidence, and healthy self-esteem are linked to an increased level of happiness and life satisfaction, it is by no means a stretch to suggest that high quality cosmetic procedures can improve someone’s life.” Here’s more about just a few plastic surgery procedures that have helped patients overcome their personal worries and take control.

Liposuction and Tummy Tucks Can Sculpt Your Figure

As we age, our bodies change and our metabolism slows down. Sometimes no matter how much we diet and exercise, we don’t get the results we want. Cosmetic surgery can make up the difference. Liposuction removes stubborn fat pockets around the hips, waist, thighs, tummy, etc that don’t go away from working out. One 52-year-old patient of McKinney, TX-based board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Naveen Setty underwent liposuction to combat the effects aging had had on her body.

“Dr. Setty gave me what I could not do for myself with weight loss. After three kids and being 52 years old now, my body had simply changed. My waist was pretty much nonexistent & I had large bra rolls and fat pockets on my flanks. Losing weight would make them smaller but they did not ever go away. Your shape is your shape. Dr. Setty changed that! I have a beautiful waist now and my bra rolls are gone . . . I have done a complete 180 on how I feel about myself. . . . It was the absolute best decision and truly I wish I had done it sooner. . .”  -Anonymous Review on RealPatientRatings

We can waste a lot of mental energy focusing on something we don’t like about our appearance, when we could be doing so many more productive things. In Westport, Connecticut, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ellen Mahony says that at a plastic surgery consultation, “I don’t actually make an outward recommendation to anybody. What I like to do is have a consultation, find out what a person’s goals are, find out what their issues are, listen to them very carefully, and then outline for them what the options are that are available to them to reach their specific goals.”

If you have issues or are bothered by your tummy area, It’s unrealistic to think that a tummy tuck (also called an abdominoplasty) will instantly make you look like a supermodel, but what a tummy tuck can do is get rid of excess, saggy skin and re-tighten your abdominal muscles to give you your waist back. On Realself.com, 97% of patients say their tummy tuck was worth it. One of Dr. Mahony’s patients said she was, “. . . Tired of always trying to hide my tummy even after losing 60 pounds. My family was so supportive and they did everything they could to help me recover. Finding a great doctor helped make my decision to do this journey! So glad I did it!” -Realself.com review from Jflavin3618

Popular Cosmetic Surgery Breast Procedures: Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift

We make a lot of investments in our outward appearance. We get our ears pierced, change our hair color, buy certain clothes, get tattoos, and do many other things to show the world who we are. But if you feel self-conscious about your breasts, a push-up bra can only do so much. A breast augmentation can change the size and shape of your breasts and correct asymmetry to give you a more proportionate figure. This plastic surgery procedure is still the number one most popular in the nation, and women find they can let go of a lot of their personal anxieties afterward.

New York board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sophie Bartsich says, “In my personal opinion as a woman, there’s also a fine line between wanting to be noticed but not necessarily wanting too much attention. Most women don’t want to walk around broadcasting that they had a breast augmentation. They want to look good in a dress, they want to look good in a T-shirt and jeans. It’s not just about the bikini. They want to feel comfortable. . . . Women are doing this for themselves, they’re not doing this for other people. I think sometimes that also gets misunderstood.”

One of Dr. Bartsich’s patients says that after her breast augmentation she is now “truly amazed every time I look in the mirror”. She wants other women to feel confident in moving forward with surgery, “When you have surgery you put your life in the hands of strangers, it’s a very scary thing. I usually don’t do these kinds of reviews but felt like I had to do this one so that women can read this to help them make a decision that is right for them and hopefully ease their fears. . . . My surgery went beautifully, and the results better than anticipated.” – Realself.com review from meggenb

Most cosmetic surgery breast enhancements are performed using breast implants, though some plastic surgeons also offer breast augmentation using your own body fat. Currently, women can choose from silicone gel implants, unstructured saline implants, and the new IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Saline Implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT combines the look and feel of silicone gel with the safety of only saline inside. You can also elect to have your breast augmentation along with a breast lift at the same time. A breast lift by itself can lift your breasts to a higher position if you are already happy with the amount of volume you have.

About breast lifts, Dallas, Texas, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gregg Anigian says, “Women really love it. A breast lift can restore that youthful appearance that a woman may have seen when she was 18 or 25, before the breast began to sort of slide down the body. It narrows the chest, it lengthens the waistline. It gives her a comfort level that she didn’t have before and it then expands the types of clothes that she can buy when shopping. It can really increase confidence.”

It’s also important that you have accurate expectations about what breast procedures can and can’t do. While you can achieve beautiful, natural-looking breasts, your breasts will not suddenly look like someone else’s. You also shouldn’t expect a “boob job” to fix a personal relationship or solve your emotional issues.

Selecting the Right Surgeon for Your Plastic Surgery

It’s time to stop worrying about things in life that you can’t control, and start taking control of the things you can. If you’ve been debating about having cosmetic surgery, take that first step in meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon that you feel comfortable with. A qualified plastic surgeon will listen to you, let you know about all your options, and not pressure you into making a decision. For a full list of board-certified plastic surgeons in your area, go to https://www.abplasticsurgery.org/. To find board-certified plastic surgeons that offer the new IDEAL IMPLANT, click here.