The E! network’s new show Botched has caused a bit of a splash lately. And why not? This Sunday night program has it all: outspoken celebrities, stunning before-and-after transformations, and, of course, plenty of cringe-worthy results of poor plastic surgery.
If Botched has you reconsidering your own plans for aesthetic improvement, take heart. Above anything, this show proves that there’s hope for even those patients who have the toughest cases to solve. Also keep in mind that disappointing results are often preventable. Check out this list of tips to help kick-start your quest for the best results:
- Choose a board-certified surgeon. You’ve probably heard this advice before, but it certainly bears repeating. Look for the words “board-certified plastic surgeon” among a doctor’s credentials. When a plastic surgeon is board certified, it means that he or she has undergone rigorous testing in addition to regular medical training. Board-certified plastic surgeons have typically been in practice for at least a few years and have more hands-on experience with a variety of patients and situations. Your physician should be certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. You can verify certification on that’s group’s website.
- Check before-and-after photos. You’ll probably look at a lot of before-and-after photos while you’re researching your surgery, but these pictures do more than just satisfy your own curiosity. They can show you what the surgeon you’re researching is capable of achieving and help you get a better understanding of the type of results you can expect. Most surgeons will offer you a selection of before-and-after photos during your consultation. While you’re browsing, don’t be afraid to ask questions such as “How long after the surgery was the ‘after’ photo taken?” The doctor’s answers can help paint a more complete picture of what’s possible.
- Check out the facilities. During your first consultation, keep your eyes open from the moment you step through the door. Is the office staff friendly, welcoming, and on point? Or do they seem disorganized and distracted? Is the waiting area clean and comfortable? It doesn’t need to have 5-star amenities, of course, but an appealing, well-maintained office can be a sign that the doctor cares about patient comfort.
The consultation is also a good time to ask where your surgery will be performed. Some surgeons have their own on-site operating rooms, while others use nearby surgical centers or hospitals. For example, most of the plastic surgery patients of Tampa-area surgeon Dr. Jeremy Benedetti undergo their procedures at a nearby outpatient center, according to his website. Each option, whether it be hospital, surgery center, or on-site surgical suite, has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Regardless of the facility the surgeon uses, it should be clean, well-maintained, and regularly inspected by state and federal agencies.
- Follow your instructions. Although you’ve done your research and picked a great surgeon, your work isn’t over yet. Prior to your procedure, your doctor will likely give you a detailed list of guidelines for caring for yourself before and after surgery. These aren’t merely suggestions — they’re important instructions to follow to ensure a good short- and long-term outcome. These instructions often include things like quitting smoking and discontinuing the use of certain medications. These substances can interfere with your body’s vascular system, leading to increased bleeding and bruising.
Post-surgery, your doctor may instruct you to wear a special type of garment, such a surgical bra or compression garment, to support the treated area. You’ll also likely have restrictions on your activity, and it’s important to follow these instructions closely to allow your incisions to heal undisturbed.
You may have noticed while watching Botched that a few patients skipped some or all of these tips. These are just a few of the many ways you can help keep Botched an invention of reality television rather than a real-life result.