Exquisite Beauty - The Fine Art of Creating Fantasy and the Fountain of Youth
by Marla Santos
There was a time when Plastic Surgery was a taboo subject, but in recent years, people have realized the many benefits of cosmetic procedures. They can look younger, feel more confident, and be more competitive in today’s tough job market. Women have had the predominantly large portion of procedures done over the years and are relatively open about them, but lately, the taboo is even lifting for men looking to be more physically appealing and youthful. Many men want to improve the appearance of their nose and jawline, to create a stronger, more masculine facial profile. In the past, CEO’s had a lot of gray hair, but today’s entrepreneurs are maintaining a more youthful appearance.
Many of today’s reality television shows, like ABC’s hit reality show, “Extreme Makeover”, along with FX’s original edgy hit series, “Nip/Tuck” have brought Plastic Surgery out of the closet and made it much more acceptable and desired. Americans had more than 14.6 million cosmetic procedures, 300,000 breast enhancements, 300,000 liposuctions, and 2½ million injections of Botox, during 2013, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. And those figures don’t even begin to touch upon the abundance of additional procedures that men and women turn to for beauty. Our smile, the amount of hair on our body, our concern about health through vitamins and diet, the creams, and beauty treatments at spas – are all there to help us feel good about our health and the image that we want to present to the world – but most importantly, the image that we desire to see when we look in the mirror.
Although the desire to be beautiful is worldwide, Las Vegas and Los Angeles are the Plastic Surgery and Beauty procedure meccas. We sought out some of the finest Plastic Cosmetic Surgeons, Physicians and Dentists – each one highly accredited, brilliant, and burning their own innovative path in their field of expertise, and chose to interview them specifically because of their credentials and Board Certification. (Board Certification requires extensive training and a rigorous review of a doctor’s knowledge, experience and skill in a medical specialty.) They all have absolute pristine records with Healthgrades, a company that markets quality and safety rating of physicians, dentists and hospitals and reports malpractice, sanctions or Board actions.
Many people’s idea of beauty is based upon what they see on TV or in magazines. It’s very important to educate yourself about any procedure that you may be interested in and to have consultations with different doctors, so that you can choose the best doctor to alter your face, body or smile. To help determine which doctor is best for you, check their credentials, the number of similar procedures they’ve done, and patient referrals. Consider the cost, too, because most “beautification” procedures are considered “elective” and are not usually covered by most health insurance plans, which means you’ll be paying out-of-pocket.
Plastic surgery is not always a procedure to improve someone’s appearance, but is also performed for health reasons. Actress Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy and reconstruction last year after finding out she was at high risk for breast cancer. “My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. Once I knew this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much as I could,” she wrote in an article in the New York Times. About her full lips: Jolie has publically commented that she’s not particularly fond of them. At the same time many middle-aged women are demanding surgery to make their lips look “Full, sexy and bee-stung,” like Jolie’s, thinking it will change their lives.
The interviews of these incredible physicians will be eye-opening to some, should hopefully help give insight to those who are interested in or contemplating cosmetic procedures, and help to alleviate the unnecessary anxiety that many of us experience when hearing the word: Dentist. Remember, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and keep in mind, when looking in the mirror, that you are who you are, and no amount of physical change will make you beautiful in your heart.