Dr. Jean Loftus joins Better to discuss the risks of plastic surgery, and celebrities whose obsession borders on plastic surgery addiction.
Plastic Surgery Addiction Audra Lowe: Cosmetic surgeries become glamorized by the celebrity world and a lot of people turn to it to make in the kind of change they can their body. But there are risks and as Rhiannon found out, it’s not just about a pretty face. Rhiannon Ally: Thanks Audra. I’m here with Dr. Jean Loftus, a board certified plastic surgeon and the author of the new book, “The Smart Woman’s Guide to Plastic Surgery.” Thanks for joining us today Dr. Loftus. Dr. Jean Loftus: Thank you. Rhiannon Ally: Now we all know cosmetic surgery is very serious and there are a lot of things people need to know before they actually go under the knife. Let’s talk first celebrities. A lot of them get a lot of work done. Heidi Montague was in the news recently. She had ten plastic surgeries. What are your thoughts on that? Dr. Jean Loftus: Well, let’s look at her results. First, there’s a difference between looking different and looking better. She definitely looks different. Whether or not she looks better is in the eye of the beholder. Rhiannon Ally: Would you consider her surgeries a success? Dr. Jean Loftus: Well, I think we’d have to break it down to which case we’re looking at. For example, if you look at her ears and her chin which were areas that she was concerned about looking abnormal and the surgery brought them to normal, I definitely consider that a success. There are other areas of a surgery though that really just looks her from looking one way to looking another, not necessarily better or worst. Rhiannon Ally: It’s just as you mentioned, it’s all in the eye of the beholder, some people make things show better, some things show its worst. Is did bring up an important issue though? Is there such thing as two many nips and tucks? Dr. Jean Loftus: Well, let’s look at Heidi Montague is a movie star and her culture is doing everything they can to look as good as you can. So people in her room are going to do a ton of procedures and they’ll do them on a regular basis. The issue is doing them all at once and when she did all these procedures at once, she underwent a ten hour in anesthetic and a lengthy anesthetic like that markedly increases the risks of a surgery. Rhiannon Ally: Let’s talk about some of the dangers of surgery. You’ve just mentioned anesthetics, what are some of the other dangers? Dr. Jean Loftus: Well, I look at the risks of surgery in two broad categories. First, you got the real serious risks and those are the ones that are increased by the length of the surgery. You got bleeding, infection, blood clots, things of that nature, the most serious things which fortunately are very uncommon but the lengthier the surgery, the greater the risk. Then you’ve got the other problems with cosmetic surgery which are dissatisfaction to results. And dissatisfaction to results can happen either with maybe there’s too great of an expectation or if someone did have on favor about results. So there are number of opportunities to have disappointment. Rhiannon Ally: How often are often are people unsatisfied a lot? Dr. Jean Loftus: Fortunately most people are really satisfied most of the time otherwise, we’d all be out of business. Rhiannon Ally: Let’s talk about nine and basic procedures like Botox. Those are very popular right now. Are those other any risks with those? Dr. Jean Loftus: There are risks with everything. Botox and fillers. Fillers for example can be lumpy, they can be irregular. I’ve seen situations where Botox has been caused someone to be unable to open their eye for three or four months. So, yeah there are risks. Rhiannon Ally: What are some of your advice for people out there that are considering plastic surgery right now? Dr. Jean Loftus: Something new is coming out every day in plastic surgery and I strongly advocate significant caution and waiting until every, any new technique or new offering is been out for at least five years. Historically plastic surgeons have example after example of things that we have offered in the past that looked great initially and then after few months or few years we found out that there was a real bomb. Rhiannon Ally: Let me ask you this. Why we're so many plastic surgeons jumped on and do these procedures that are in early stages of coming out? Dr. Jean Loftus: Well, I think a lot of them do because they think it’s safe. But I think there are people who are driven by marketing and they’re driven by the dollar. Rhiannon Ally: Thank you so much for offering this insight into the world of plastic surgery. Wait at least five years before doing any new procedure. I think that’s a very important tip out there. Thank you so much. Audra? Audra Lowe: Some good advice there especially the part about waiting a couple of year before jumping on board to try some new procedures. Thanks a lot. And if you want to learn more on plastic surgery, pick up a copy of the book as called “The Smart Woman’s Guide to Plastic Surgery.” It’s available on Amazon right now.