When to have Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery?

Much has and continues to be written about Aesthetic Medicine which I call the Business of making people more attractive. This includes Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery treatments and procedures: Rhinoplasty, Face Lifts, Neck Lifts, Brow Lifts, Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty), Cheek Implants, Chin Implant, Lip Augmentation, Hair Transplants, Breast Implants for Augmentation/Enhancement, Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Buttock/Arm/Back/Thigh Lifts, Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, Radiesse and IPL treatments. All are designed to do specific things to create aesthetic improvements and within each treatment or procedure is an endless variation of how it is performed.

You, as an informed consumer must determine what it is that you’d like to improve. What would you like to look better? Your eyes, face, neck, lips, nose, breasts? After that is decided, what would you like that area to look like? Your lips more full, your nose thinner with a more shapely tip, your face with less jowls while appearring more naturally youthful, your breast fuller and more shapely?

There are many decisions to be made before you have an aesthetic treatment or surgery and I encourage you to become as much of an aesthetic expert as possible so that you can recognize sound aesthetic advice from that which is flawed. Why? Because, in my opinion, after performing Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery for 20 years, the number one complication is the lack of aesthethic judgement of the patient and the surgeon. This is the main reason that people are unhappy after their treatments or procedures….in many cases what was chosen as the way to make that person more attrcative, was doomed to fail from the outset because the treatment or procedure was incapable of creating the proper aesthetic change to make that person more attractive.

How can that happen? Very easilly I’m afraid….we as plastic and cosmetic surgeons are not taught the aesthetics of beauty. We are taught procdures and surgeries that do things but we all do them slightly differently and in different situations, so there’s a great deal of variability despite what anyone else tells you. For example, a patient 25 years old wants cheek implants to make her more feminine. Some surgeons would suggest fillers and place the filler in different areas to shape the face differently. Some would look good, some ok and some would make the face appear odd and mis-shapen. I have seen this when patients have a second consult with me after having fillers elsewhere. Other surgeons may use any one of hundreds of sizes and shapes of cheek implants that will have similar effects. I use and have used 2-3 sizes of 2 thicknesses and have for over 15 years. Why? Because I don’t believe the other many sizes and shapes make the face more attractive…which at the end of the day is the goal!

For each treatment and surgery this can and does occur. You must understnad what does and does not make your face and body more attractive…which is why I’ve written a book on the subject. The culmination of 20 years work, over 4 years in the writing. What’s Your Numberthe palmer code shows you, the consumer what you need to know about the beauty aesthetics of your face and body. You can use this book as your beauty source and guide as you make decisions about when and if your ready for plastic and cosmetic surgery. The celebrities that look their best understand these principles and seek the very best plastic and cosmetic surgeons who embrace and understand these concepts…

Dr Francis Palmer
Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery
What’s Your Numberthe palmer code book