Plastic surgery: Where beauty and medicine coexist

Plastic surgery: Where beauty and medicine coexist
Plastic surgery: Where beauty and medicine coexist

If you’re lucky, you have a hairdresser you can trust. Now it’s time to find a plastic surgeon. About five years ago, I worked as an editor for a plastic surgery journal published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. One of my tasks was to find cover art for each issue, so we asked member plastic surgeons to submit artwork. I was flooded with submissions.

I discovered that it’s no accident that certain people train in plastic surgery. These plastic surgeons are not only committed to medicine but many of them paint and sculpt when they’re not wielding the scalpel. The intersection of medicine and art can have profound benefits for you. A modification as minor as a botulinum toxin injection, such as Botox, takes artistry, training and a commitment to beauty.

Make sure that the surgeon of your choice is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Beyond that, find a plastic surgeon that gets who you are and how you want to look. The outdoor-girl style of Jennifer Aston contrasts sharply with the urban style of Jennifer Lopez, the haughty, upper-class elegance of Kirsten-Scott Thomas, the edgy Hollywood siren style of Sharon Stone and the soft sensuality of Halle Berry. If these icons have undergone any aesthetic procedures at all, those procedures are invisible and have enhanced their uniqueness. Be smart and use your plastic surgeon to make you look more like you.

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