Facial Cosmetic Procedures You Should Skip

By: Herminia Price

Many patients undergo facial cosmetic procedures, both surgical and less-invasive procedures, as a way to maintain a youthful look and thereby remain competitive in the workplace. But the quest to stay competitive could backfire with just one poor choice.

"Your look is your calling card," says Dr. Roberto Garcia of Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery and Reviva Medical Spa near Jacksonville, FL. "A mistake by an untrained surgeon or an overzealous patient can be impossible to repair."

The most important work in facial cosmetic procedures happens in the decision phase and there are a few options that Dr. Garcia recommends you cross off your list immediately.

1. Lipodissolve / Mesotherapy: Lipodissolve and Mesotherapy involve injections of cocktails purported to dissolve stubborn fat deposits. While the primary material used, a substance called lipostabil, has been proven to dissolve fat and other structures, this is a non-FDA approved use. Plus, it can cause complications like severe pain, swelling, hard lumps, skin ulcerations and contour irregularities. Many of those performing the procedure have little or no training in liposuction, plastic surgery or dermatologic surgery and the use of lipodissolve for cosmetic procedures is banned in multiple countries, including Brazil.
2. Permanent makeup: This essentially is tattooing your skin to look as if you're wearing eyeliner, brow make up and lipstick. A botched job by an untrained practitioner is hard to undo because these tattoos are placed on some of the most delicate tissues of the face - namely the inner folds of the eyelids and lips. Even if you love the results initially, remember that makeup styles change over time. You don't want to be stuck forever with a look that's long out of fashion.
3. Any extreme procedure: Going for a dramatic change in looks very often backfires for patients. A good cosmetic surgeon will help you recognize and play up your strongest features while minimizing the less attractive ones to help you look like your best you - not someone else entirely.
4. Any procedure performed by a questionable physician: Unfortunately, there are many opportunists out there who are poorly trained at best, entirely untrained at worst, eager to take your money and run. Black market Botox can be easy to obtain by faux-physicians. But the result of these unethical practitioners all too often is a heartbreakingly unfixable look. Plus, many of these scenarios can prove dangerous, or even deadly.

Before you choose any facial cosmetic procedure, consult with a board-certified, highly experienced cosmetic surgeon. Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery and Reviva Medical Spa can be reached at 904-247-8522.

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As double Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Dr. Phillip and Roberto Garcia of Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery and Reviva Medical Spa are specialists in plastic reconstructive and cosmetic surgery for aging face procedures, rhinoplasty (nasal surgery), and eyelid plastic surgery.

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