Hollywood Vs. Reality

The transformative power of plastic surgery is undeniable. When performed under the right conditions, plastic surgery can achieve more than an attractive reflection. Patients who invest in themselves by undergoing cosmetic procedures frequently report feeling happier, more confident, more outgoing, more comfortable in their skin, more open to new experiences and more enthusiastic about life. It is this ability to change lives for the better that drives the staff of the Celestial Institute of Plastic Surgery to deliver exceptional care to every patient, every day.

Plastic surgery is more accessible than ever before. It is safer and less expensive. Advances in the tools and techniques used by surgeons can achieve better and personalized outcomes. Many procedures have non-invasive alternatives with shorter recovery times and fewer side effects. Thanks to the diminishing stigma around cosmetic surgery, many patients are proud to flaunt the results of their procedures. It’s no wonder a growing number of women and men are embracing plastic surgery and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments as part of their self-care routines.

However, the decision to seek plastic surgery should not be taken lightly. Though cosmetic surgical procedures and those who have them are increasingly in the public eye, the images presented are often a glamorized and incomplete portrayal of the plastic surgery experience. We are inundated with glossy magazine covers and carefully curated social media feeds that tell only part of the story. We admire the perfectly arched brows, sculpted bodies, plump lips and glowing, wrinkle-free faces of our favorite celebrities and influencers, but a crucial piece of the puzzle is missing: how those results are achieved.

Here at the Celestial Institute of Plastic Surgery, we want you to be fully informed about your procedure prior to making any decisions. We are committed to maintaining a high level of transparency with our patients and place patient education at the forefront of the experience with our practice. We believe this honest and realistic approach to plastic surgery is an indispensable part of preparing patients physically and emotionally for their procedures.

After years of helping patients look and feel their best, these are some of the most important lessons we have learned:

Education Is Essential

We strongly encourage you to research any procedure you are considering. It’s important to understand the steps the procedure entails as well as all directions for pre-operative and post-operative care. Be certain you are willing and able to commit to these instructions and to the time required for healing. Too often, people see the results of a procedure without seeing the journey taken to get there. Celebrities, socialites and influencers may make a procedure seem “easy,” but they have to deal with discomfort, downtime and scars just like everyone else. There are no exceptions. Consider whether you are prepared to take the steps required to ensure a safe procedure and a speedy recovery as you decide if plastic surgery is right for you.

Understand Your Motivations and Manage Your Expectations

Plastic surgery can be a wonderful and life-changing experience, but it must be done for the right reasons with appropriate outcomes in mind. Ask yourself why you are seeking plastic surgery. Ensure that it is solely for you — not to follow a trend, conform to a societal beauty ideal or make someone else happy. Educate yourself and ask questions until you are certain you understand what a procedure can and cannot achieve. Patients who undergo treatment with unrealistic expectations can be dissatisfied with the final result. The goal of plastic surgery is not to turn you into a different person, but rather to enhance your inherent beauty and help you become the best possible version of yourself.

Choose a Qualified, Competent and Compassionate Surgeon

Choosing who will perform your procedure is just as important as selecting the procedure itself. As demand for plastic surgery increases, so does the number of inexperienced or unscrupulous physicians offering cosmetic procedures. Do not be swayed by flashy marketing or too-good-to-be-true deals. Invest in a surgeon who is board-certified, who has formal training in his specialty of plastic surgery and who has extensive experience performing the procedure you’re seeking. Your surgeon should also meet certain intangible requirements, such as being friendly, professional, trustworthy, open to communication and focused on providing a patient-centered experience. A consultation is the best way to establish a relationship with a qualified surgeon and set the stage for a successful procedure. To meet Dr. Bazzi, call the Celestial Institute of Plastic Surgery at 734-844-5700 to schedule a consultation.