Living Well: Newman Plastic Surgery
Charles E. Newman, Jr., M.D. and Dzi-Long Newman, PA-C on how to decide whether plastic surgery is right for you.
Q: There are so many different cosmetic treatment options available now, both surgical and nonsurgical. How do I decide which one is right for me?
A: The answer depends not only on your goals and expectations, but also an understanding that these options do not exist in a vacuum. Advancements in technology, techniques, and products have allowed for exciting innovations in many nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. In general, nonsurgical procedures allow for minimal downtime while effectively addressing some of the signs and symptoms of aging. Surgical procedures can offer more definitive treatment as the underlying causes are addressed. This may require more downtime, so planning for recovery must be considered. One common myth is that surgery is more expensive than nonsurgical alternatives, but that is often not the case.
Our practice utilizes a “Balanced Beauty” approach which entails a comprehensive evaluation of the patient that takes into account patient goals, expectations, and lifestyle to determine an appropriate plan that is tailored to each patient. One of the clear advantages of going to a board-certified plastic surgeon is the access to multiple modalities of treatment, both surgical and nonsurgical. Frequently, issues are multifactorial and the combination of multiple modalities amplifies the results that can be achieved with either approach alone.
A patient in her 40s coming in to see us because she “looks tired” may benefit from injectable treatments to lift the brow and replace volume. However, if this same patient complained of excess upper lid skin and bags under her eyes, the addition of surgical treatment by performing a blepharoplasty would be appropriate. In certain patients, a combined approach would be advocated to yield optimal long-lasting results.
Managing expectations and delivering quality results begin with understanding what a patient hopes to achieve with treatment. When considering nonsurgical treatments options, my advice is to ask yourself these questions:
• Is the result truly comparable to what can be achieved with surgery?
• Does it treat the underlying cause of the “problem area?”
• How many treatments do you expect to receive?
• What is the longevity of the result?
When considering cosmetic treatments, it is important to always keep in mind that these are medical procedures. It is imperative to choose a surgeon with the proper credentials and training to achieve the best results. I strongly endorse the American Board of Plastic Surgeons’ public education campaign, “Do Your Homework.” The program encourages patients to make informed decisions about procedures and who is performing them. A properly trained plastic surgeon can help guide you through the many options and help you select what is most appropriate for you.
At Newman Plastic Surgery, our goal is to provide you with the highest level of surgical skills and artistry, combined with a warm and compassionate environment. All clinical staff are board-certified in their fields, meaning they have undergone extensive training and rigorous testing to achieve this status. Dr. Charles Newman, Jr. works alongside his wife, Dzi-Long Newman, PA-C. Their unique dynamic ensures all details are properly addressed while offering a professional and comfortable environment. Our carefully selected staff is friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. We are dedicated to providing our patients personal and individualized care and respect. Balance, proportion, and open communication with our patients are key elements so that we may reach our aesthetic goals together.
Newman Plastic Surgery
444 N. Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803