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Keeping cosmetic surgery a secret.
One of the biggest drives during the last 10 years has been the patients request to keep their cosmetic surgery a secret. The patients want to look younger and healthier but don’t want to look different. Often the driving force is to be able to work longer and be competitive in the work force. Interestingly procedures performed by dermatologist and cosmetic surgeons have become less invasive and often have quicker recovery so keeping procedures a secret can often be a realistic goal. For instance face lift surgery which is of the deep plain variety will nearly always be associated with swelling of the face.
On the other hand skin suture lifts and mini face lifts may not have much swelling at all. It is interesting that patients do want to keep the procedure a secret since there is a lot less negativity in general on the topic of cosmetic surgery. When I started performing cosmetic surgery 25 years ago many patients would be horrified if there friends knew about the procedure and it had to be an absolute secret. Today it is more just a general request. On the other hand I do find that there are patients who would love to talk about it and discuss it with their friends.
Men are interesting in that way as sometimes they come in groups and bring all their best mates to have the same procedure. This has been particularly common with six pack Liposculpture and I have often seen this is the Mediterranean patients. I have had a number of interesting stories over the years where a women has performed full body Liposculpture of nearly all the fatty areas on the body and kept it a total secret from their husband. I suppose that some men are just not that observant. Some procedure such as rhinoplasty or a nose job is hard to keep a secret as it changes the appearance of the face.
Other procedures such as laser resurfacing for wrinkles make the skin more refreshed is less obvious and the patient will just look fresher and healthier. A brow lift surgery sometime can give a startled appearance to the face and that could be more noticeable as opposed to an eyelid Blepharoplasty where the skin around the eyes and fat on the lower lid are removed. I suppose some of the concept of keeping it a secret does originate from the stars in Hollywood. Everybody knows that they have had certain procedures but they like to keep it a secret.
Patients also like to look healthier, better and do not mind that other people think that they have had something done but often do not want to say exactly what it is. One of the most common procedures that we see today is lip fillers. Sometimes therapists are putting to much filler into the lip and it is definitely not a secret to other people or surgeons like Dr Lanzer who could tell immediately that the lip has been over filled. An ideal lip has a natural curve and fullness and good definition with possibly a cupids bow in the upper lip. The Donald duck very swollen lip may have no wrinkles but is certainly not an attractive look and definitely not something one could keep a secret.
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Surgical Warning: Every form of surgery has a possibility of a complication and these are given to you in detail by Dr Lanzer. It is a good idea to understand your surgical procedure well, and to obtain further advice from another Specialist Cosmetic surgeon such as a Dermatologist like Dr Lanzer.
All photographs represent one person's experience, and results may vary for each patient. All photographs are of actual patients of Dr Lanzer. The visible change in these photographs has occurred as a result of the procedure/s undertaken.
Some before and after photos shown are not exact, in that they vary in light, contrast, clothing, background, distance from camera, hairstyle and make-up.