A nip and tuck is no longer for the anti-aging set. More young adults are going under the knife to look better—not younger. And in and effort to emulate the social media stars that look oh-so-perfect all the time (filter required), they’re dipping into dangerous plastic surgery practices, like self-treatment, going abroad for discounted cosmetic surgery, or purchasing injectables off the internet.
In 2015, 64 percent of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) members reported an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectable treatments in patients younger than 30, many of whom said that celebs were the driving force in their decision to have surgery.
“Younger patients may be more prone to making risky decisions to save money and achieve a specific look,” says Dr. Edwin Williams, president of the AAFPRS. That’s been shown to backfire. AAFPRS members also report that more patients are seeking treatment to revise poorly performed procedures done outside of the US that lead to dissatisfaction or worse, disfigurement.
If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, you will do yourself a huge service to seek out a qualified, trained, and experienced surgeon.
And follow three tips:
Go pro: Choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the face, head and neck. To find a facial plastic surgeon, visit the AAFPRS website.
Watch injectables: Never get injections of any substance or filler that has not been FDA-approved for cosmetic use.
Know your doc: Prior to undergoing a procedure, meet with the surgeon of your choice, and if possible, at the clinic where the procedure will be done. Talk about the potential risks, complications, recovery and aftercare.
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