Finding the Right Surgeon for the Natural Look
Achieving a natural-looking result with cosmetic surgery can sometimes seem like a daunting task. What might appear desirable or natural in a photo can get lost in translation and become uncanny in real life. Think Kylie Jenner's lips—while they may look great in Instagram photos, in video footage and in day-to-day life, the extent to which they've been cosmetically enhanced becomes much more obvious. When she's talking, her lips no longer follow a natural range of motion, creating an unnatural result that can feel a bit "off." While this has become a signature business-building look for Kylie, it may not be the type of aesthetic you desire for your everyday life. Instead, if your goal is a cosmetic procedure that leads to a more natural result, there are steps you can take to ensure success.
Dr. Lista stresses the importance of seeking out a highly credentialed, board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation. During the consultation process, it's important to ask all of the questions you might have prior to making a commitment to surgery, or even to a non-surgical procedure. How many operations or treatments of this particular procedure does the doctor perform each year? “The most successful surgeries are done in high volumes,” Dr. Lista explains. “An average surgeon in the U.S. does 50 breast augmentation procedures a year. Our clinic does an average of 500 breast augmentations a year. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking to get done, you’ll get the best results from a surgeon who has done plenty of them.”
Another important resource is your surgeon's collection of before and after photos. Whether you’re looking to undergo a non-surgical treatment like injections or an operation like breast augmentation, photos are key in discerning your doctor’s aesthetic. If all the photos look unnatural to you, it’s time to move on.
In your consultation, consider whether your doctor “gets” your desired look or not. When you’re meeting with your surgeon, Dr. Lista suggests asking yourself, "are they listening to my concerns? Are they confident they can achieve the look I want? Do they describe my surgical outcome in language I've already used? If the answers to these questions is yes, you're off to a great start."
Ultimately, a doctor’s ability to achieve the look you want comes down to expertise and experience. The better the doctor, the more likely they are to achieve the natural result you desire. In this way, a key indicator of expertise is how engaged the entire clinic staff is in your outcome and post- op wellness. Is the staff reachable? If you’re having a hard time connecting with the clinic’s team before the procedure, those are red flags which shouldn’t be ignored. An engaged team is a team committed to achieving the natural look that you want.
Dr. Lista and the staff at The Plastic Surgery Clinic are focused on ensuring that every patient’s post-op concern is treated in a timely manner. We have someone who is on call 24-hours a day. If a patient has a complication, they are urged to come to us the same day. If further surgery is needed to address that complication and it’s fixable, it’s done free of cost.
“At the end of the day, trust your gut,” explains Dr. Lista. If the expertise is there, and you get the sense that the team is working towards the result you came in for, you know you’ve made the right choice.