For more information, please call 304-525-9131
In the past, cosmetic surgery seemed to be for the rich and famous. It was more acceptable for celebrities to have cosmetic surgery than your neighbor, someone you go to church with - or even you. Today, because of changes in society, the affordability of cosmetic surgery and advances in procedures and technology, more and more people are seeking out cosmetic surgery to fix what Mother Nature can't.
While the most popular procedures performed today are breast enhancement and breast and abdominal reconstruction, there are many others. Nearly every inch of the body can be changed or contoured to improve the way it looks or functions. From your forehead to your feet, there are surgeries for eyebrows, eyelids, noses, chins, women's breasts, men's chests, abdomens, hands, buttocks and spider and varicose veins.
Among the many procedures that are available are:
Each patient as his or her own reasons for having cosmetic surgery, but most have the same basic underlying theme - self image.
"I had my surgeries because I felt old and I didn't feel attractive," said Julia, who asked that her real name not be used. "My whole life has changed - I've lost weight, I changed the way I dress and I'm much more confident now."
Julia had a face lift and breast augmentation and says she's considered other surgeries because she is so pleased with the outcome of her first two.
Another cosmetic surgery patient, Samantha, had lost more than 100 pounds and she had surgery to reshape her body after the weight loss. "Even though you have the surgery, it takes a while for you to change your perception of yourself," she said. She was in surgery for 11 and a half hours to reshape her breasts, abdomen, thighs and buttocks. "People noticed my weight loss, but you couldn't really tell all that I've had done because of my clothes. When I have nothing on I can tell a big difference!"
Cosmetic surgeon Adel Faltaous stressed the importance of the relationship between the patient and the physician, "You really have to get to know the patient and you have to evaluate her, not only from the aesthetic perspective, but from the emotional and psychological perspective," he said.
"This is not a statue in front of you that you are going to change, she is a human being who has feelings and expectations and she has to feel comfortable with you doing the surgery and you have to feel comfortable doing the surgery for her," he said. "When you're choosing a doctor, board certification is very important," Julia said. "This is your body and you should make sure the surgeon is qualified and has the proper training to do the procedure you want."
Cocke agrees. "Board-certification is very important and I think that the relationship between the patient and physician is very important," he said. "It behooves a patient to have multiple consultations. My colleagues in the community and I do not charge for consultations and patients should take advantage of that."
Faltaous said, "The ideal candidate for cosmetic surgery is a highly motivated, independent, health conscious individual who has some defect from gravity or genetics that she's just not going to get rid of with a healthy lifestyle."
"Sometimes people have unrealistic expectations for the surgery," Faltaous added. "They may want to look 20 or 30 years younger or expect to get a better job or a new marriage and when these things don't happen - it is the surgeon's fault. If that is the case, then it is best to not operate on that person because even if the surgical outcome is a good one, she will not be satisfied."
While there are some procedures that can be performed in the doctor's office, the majority of them are done in the hospital setting for safety reasons. Cabell Huntington Hospital is creating special suites for recovering cosmetic and reconstructive surgery patients to provide them with additional privacy. The project is in the final phase of construction and is almost complete. For more information about cosmetic surgery at Cabell Huntington Hospital, please call 304-525-9131.