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"Dr. Harvey Austin Defines Cosmetic Surgery"
As a plastic surgeon specializing
in cosmetic surgery, I have often wondered how my specialty
fits into traditional medicine. I have concluded that it doesn't at least not easily. Traditional medicine asks the question "What's wrong?" and "How do I fix it?" But these questions are inappropriate for cosmetic surgery. The patient is not sick. One doesn't need cosmetic surgery like one might need an appendectomy. Cosmetic surgery addresses something else
Lie of the Mirror"
Cosmetic surgery is in its
infancy. Medicine itself is thousands of years old but cosmetic
surgery only began in the mid-twentieth century perhaps fifty
years ago. It is still evolving so we need to continually ask
what role it plays in people's lives
Con of the Birthday"
The con of the birthday, which
can be equally damaging, for we use birthdays as the sole
measurements of how old we are. But birthdays don't tell our true
Faces Age Three Ways. How Does Yours Age? Drooping"
Our lineage determines whether we
are in a family line of droopers, wrinklers or gaunters. Cosmetic
surgery can minimize these aging effects and have us look more
like we feel inside. Drooping is the most common type of aging
and it usually shows up earliest. It is also the type of aging
cosmetic surgery corrects best
If your grandparents were
wrinklers, you probably will be too. Cosmetic surgical techniques
are getting better for wrinklers
"My face used to have baby
fat, but now it has no padding at all. It's all angles!",
said Mary, 70. "What can you do about it"
your face look the way it should?"
We want to look good! Our patients
say they want to look attractive. And it's true. Deeper down,
though, they often admit, "When I look in the mirror, I just
don't look right. I want to look more like me"
symbols live on your face?"
Our faces are full of features.
and these features are symbols. some features, like large eyes,
are symbols of attractiveness. Other features, like bags under
the eyes, may symbolize unattractiveness
8. "Time and Beauty"
Over time, facial beauty peaks for
most women between 20 and 35, for men a little older. Our face
clock runs faster the older we get
9. "Healing the Three 'Phases' of Eve"
At the end of the operation, your face
is new and the stitches and "cosmetic clips" hold
everything in place for healing to begin. Nature's healing glues
is called scar tissue. And, like all glue, the "drying
process" passes through phases
a Plastic Surgeon"
You will want to choose your plastic
surgeon differently from how you choose other doctors. You need
to see the results. Though credentials are important, they are
not as crucial as the surgeon's art work
Questions We Hear Most"
Responses to some of the questions that
we hear the most from patients
They say people get crazy around three
things money, sex, and politics. I would add a fourth healing
after cosmetic surgery
Harvey W. Austin, MD
Berlin MD 21811
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