We live in a visual society where pictures and video of almost anything is available at any moment of the day or night. As a result, we’ve become a culture hyper-tuned into the importance of appearances. One only has to walk through the checkout aisle at the supermarket or turn on a reality TV show to see the extent of our visually centric world.

Making the Translation

Luckily, the extreme level of scrutiny received by celebrities is something most of us don’t have to deal with, but there’s no denying we’re influenced by this level of awareness. This can be seen in the interest shown when an actress enhances her lips or comes out of isolation to debut a leaner, more sculpted body. We also see the visual and emotional impact of plastic surgery in cosmetic procedures designed to restore a normal function of the body or correct disfigurement caused by scarring, burns, disease and trauma.

  • Lipoplasty / liposuction
  • Eyelift surgery
  • Breast implants
  • Nose jobs
  • Facelifts
  • Botox

Restoration or Improvement

A combination of growing innovations and new medical breakthroughs continue to expand the possibilities of what can be accomplished through expert plastic surgery from the perspectives of restoration and enhancement. Improvements in technology now enable plastic surgeons to have the ability to better project final results using technologies such as 3-D printing. This technological innovation allows patients a preview what an eyelift will look like post-procedure or the impact of replacing a body part lost to injury.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

Once you make the decision to pursue a cosmetic enhancement, it’s important to do your research. Too many times, people get caught up in the change the surgery will create and fail to consider the importance of finding the right person to do the work. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, take the time to verify the doctor completed a plastic surgery residency in an institution approved by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Once the doctor’s credentials pass the initial hurdle, confirm the doctor’s accreditation to perform surgery in an ambulatory surgery setting or hospital and see how long the doctor has performed this particular surgery. Remember, practice makes perfect. Finally, ask to see photos of the doctor’s previous work and read patient testimonials. These will provide an idea of what to expect and can be a good way to ensure you receive the best-possible results.

Dr. John L. Roussalis is a board-certified plastic surgeon who practices at Summit Medical Center. He did his fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Temple University in Philadelphia and is a well-respected plastic surgeon in the Casper area. To learn more about scheduling a plastic surgery procedure at Summit Medical Center, contact Dr. Roussalis’ office at 307-234-4585.

Remember, you always have a choice in your healthcare. Summit Medical Center offers orthopedics; ear, nose and throat; pediatrics, gastrointestinal; primary care; general surgery, pulmonary; and plastic surgery to the Casper, Wyoming, area. With cost-competitive, high-quality medical care and superior patient service, Summit Medical Center is changing the delivery of healthcare in Casper and beyond.

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