Article on Plastic Surgery “Hacks” Offers Tips, but May Confuse Some on the Differences Between Cosmetic Treatments and Plastic Surgery, says Dr. J

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Commenting on the recent piece, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon says it’s important for the public to distinguish plastic surgery from ordinary cosmetic techniques.

Surgical facelift results go far beyond cosmetics.

...it’s important to distinguish between the purely temporary impacts of facials, creams, corsets, and other measures versus the lasting results of procedures...

An article published on October 17 at E! Online touts itself as listing 10 plastic surgery “hacks” that readers might use as alternatives to plastic surgery. The list includes such relatively well-known and often useful cosmetic tips as using Preparation H to reduce facial wrinkling, peppermint oil for somewhat plumper lips, avocado face masks, and corsets that are alleged to “train” a waistline. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Payam Jarrah-Nejad, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S., known more casually to his patients as Dr. J, notes that while it may offer several useful tips, the article risks confusing the public on the differences between what plastic surgery does and the positive, albeit temporary, day-to-day effects cosmetic treatments may produce.

Typically, those cosmetic treatments and tricks, whether it’s Preparation H to reduce wrinkling or bags under the eyes or an egg-white and/or avocado face mask, are meant only to produce a fairly temporary improvement in an individual’s appearance, notes Dr. J. While it’s possible, he adds, that some people may feel as if the results of these kinds of treatments are sufficient in their particular cases, people who obtain plastic surgery typically want to make a permanent, positive change in their appearance that can only be accomplished through serious medical assistance. While Botox and other treatments using injectable products are often referred to as nonsurgical (but still medical) alternatives to a facelift, even they produce relatively short-lived effects against wrinkling, despite the fact that they are far more powerful than any readily available cosmetic treatment. A face lift procedure and blepharoplasty (eye lifts), along with other procedures, are among the preferred treatments for truly long-term facial improvements.

Also, Dr. J points out, some of these cosmetic treatments are highly questionable even in terms of short-term impacts. While corsets really can alter the shape of a woman while she is wearing one, when the corset is removed, there is no evidence to think that there is any lingering, slenderizing effect. Unfortunately, the only proven ways to actually reshape the body are diet, exercise and such procedures as liposuction and tummy tucks to deal with loose skin and pockets of fat that fail to respond to the first two measures, Dr J adds.

Cosmetics are a tried and true option for a great many women and also more men than most people realize. However, Dr. J concludes, it’s important to distinguish between the purely temporary impacts of facials, creams, corsets, and other measures versus the lasting results of procedures ranging from facial rejuvenation to rhinoplasty (nose jobs) and buttock and breast augmentation surgeries.

Readers who would like to find out more about what plastic surgery can do for them may call Dr. J Plastic Surgery at 310-993-3800 or visit http://www.DrJPlasticSurgery.com or Dr. J on Facebook.

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