The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) says there are a few terms that have become popular ways to describe certain types of procedures. So to make sure you have all the 411, here are the basics you need to know to be “in the know.”
Cookie-cutter plastic surgery
Though this trend was most pervasive in the 90s, it still exists today. It’s basically when a doctor doesn’t take into account someone’s unique features and gives every patient a similar look (think Michael Jackson’s nose job). A highly skilled, board-certified surgeon should help you design a surgery that fits your individual features. You never want to look like you’ve been “done” by any specific doctor. So if you are seeking cosmetic enhancement, look through the “before and after” photos the doctor has on file to make sure his patients look like the best versions of themselves, not like clones.
Invasive vs. noninvasive
This is an important one. When looking for potential procedures, you should have a good idea of what’s involved: i.e. Will you be staying in a hospital overnight or will you be up and ready to get back to work the same day? You can typically tell this by whether the procedure is described as “invasive” or “noninvasive.” An invasive procedure involves surgery, which for the most part means going under anesthesia. Noninvasive means that there is typically no recovery period. Good examples of this are injectables and fillers and other in-office procedures like lasers and peels.
Medispas or medspas
These facilities are places where you can have minimally invasive and noninvasive procedures done, but are sometimes only under the supervision of a surgeon, meaning, you might be getting laser liposuction from a nurse practitioner. Regulations for medspas vary from state to state, so you never know what you are in for at these types of facilities. If you do chose to visit one for an aesthetic medical procedure, make sure to vet your spa by asking these important questions.
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