Summary: Every patient wants to know how to avoid Botox blunders and other botched plastic surgery procedures. In some cases, it’s as easy as following your surgeon’s recovery instructions. In other cases, things can get a little more complicated. You always want to advocate for yourself and your desired results, but there also comes a point when having realistic expectations is quite healthy. Especially when it comes to avoiding those Botox blunders.
Knowing How to avoid Botox Blunders and Other Issues
We’ve all seen an episode or two of the hit television series Botched by now. We know that bad plastic surgery can happen. That’s why knowing how to avoid Botox blunders and other botched plastic surgery can help you have the best chance possible at getting optimal results. And that’s really what plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures are all about, right? The end results.
That’s especially true for a plastic surgery procedure where you need to go through a challenging recovery period. Patients can be especially frustrated when that process isn’t fruitful. And that’s understandable.
There are several ways in which your plastic surgery could go off the rails, so to speak. Some of that patients have no control over–in very rare cases, the odds are just against you. But the vast majority of time, patients can exert some influence over how they heal and how happy they are with their results. The best advice for this is going to come from your plastic surgeon–so make sure you’re taking your consultation process seriously and asking questions (same goes for your recovery process). Finding out from your surgeon how best to avoid Botox blunders and other botched plastic surgery can help ensure you’re satisfied with your results when all is said and done.
Have Realistic Expectations
The first step in this process is really on you (well, and on your surgeon and his or her ability to accurately explain these procedures). Sometimes the hype for various procedures gets a little, well, out of control. And it can be difficult for patients to separate the marketing from the reality. Having realistic expectations about what any given procedure can accomplish is one of the best ways to ensure you’ll be satisfied with the results.
This is especially true for a procedure such as Botox:
- Botox makes small and subtle changes to the face
- It may take several weeks for the results of your injections to fully manifest
- Botox isn’t able to address all types of wrinkles–only certain wrinkles will respond
If you were unaware of any of these facts–and you simply bought the media hype–you might be disappointed by your Botox treatment. And, you might want more Botox to see if you can get a heightened result. More Botox does not mean a better result. Indeed, getting too much Botox can cause all the numb-looking side effects you’re looking to avoid.
Even More Important for Surgery
This expectations game is even more important when it comes to surgical procedures, if only because the stakes are somewhat higher. If you’re getting a breast augmentation, for example, you want to make sure that you have realistic expectations as to what you’ll like when the procedure is over (and how long it will take for you to see your final results).
Follow Recovery Instructions
The second most important thing you can do to help ensure you avoid botched plastic surgery results is to follow your recovery instructions. Some patients, understandably, want to speed up their recovery. They want to cut corners when it comes to these instructions. And in some cases, you can get away with that kind of thing–but you have to keep your surgeon in the loop while you do.
That’s because recovery instructions are designed for two very specific purposes: to maximize your comfort and to promote healing. The faster your body heals, the more likely it is that your results will be fantastic.
The longer it takes your body to heal, the more likely you are to develop complications. And those complications can diminish your results. Your surgeon will walk you through every step of your recovery process–what you can and cannot do. And you’ll likely receive individualized recovery instructions. Your job is to follow them.
Make Sure You Trust Your Surgeon
Finally, one of the best ways to avoid a “botched” situation is to select your surgeon wisely. There are a couple of ways to do this:
- Do plenty of research, including looking at reviews and testimonials
- Look at plenty of before and after photos; you want to select a surgeon who has a good body of work
- Ask a lot of questions during your consultation–and don’t decide on anything before doing that consultation.
In fact, spending a lot of time finding the right surgeon is not a bad way avoid Botox blunders and other botched plastic surgery experiences. Having a process in place–whatever that process might be–can keep you from making an impulsive decision. And you definitely want to make sure that you select your surgeon in a thoughtful, thorough way.