- Is there a difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery?
“People interchange them, but plastic surgery is mainly reconstructive surgery. This would be things like treating burns, congenital birth defects and cancer reconstruction,” Dr. Jeff Popp said.
“Plastic or reconstructive surgery takes some sort of defect, from whatever the cause, and tries to bring it back to normal,” he added. “Cosmetic procedures take something 99 percent of the population would consider normal and alters, enhances or changes it for the pure sake of beauty.
- What is the most painful procedure?
Certain procedures can be painful but it depends on many factors, including the patient and the anesthetic used, Dr. Popp said.
“Almost all procedures use tumescent anesthesia, which really helps reduce swelling and pain.”
- How many years can you take off your face without looking strange?
“This is nearly impossible to answer with any accuracy, but you have to consider the starting point of that person,” Dr. Popp said.
“If you take a 78–year–old woman and a 48–year old woman and give them both a facelift, in the right circumstances, the 48-year–old could look 28 and the 78-year–old would at best look 68,” he said.
The question is difficult to answer because there are so many variables. The answer would vary among different body parts as well.
People actually want to know exactly how many years their facelift will take off their appearance, Dr. Popp said.
“And I want to say, ‘It’s going to take exactly three years, four months and 55 days off.’ But how could I know that?” he said.
“You can make someone look more youthful, but putting it in years – you can’t do it.”
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