Hollywood Plastic Surgeon Reveals That Plastic Surgery Isn’t Enough

Jager Weatherby on 14 Aug 2014 at 9:00am

Gary Motykie

When it comes to anti-aging, it’s far too easy for many of us to buy into the latest craze promising quick results. However, as Dr. 90210's Dr. Gary Motykie reveals, the best thing we can do for ourselves isn’t to rush to the makeup counter or the doctor’s office, but to think about our beauty from the inside-out.

Of course, there are bound to be some problems that diet and exercise simply can’t address. Should you be considering a cosmetic procedure to achieve your results, Dr. Motykie offers his advice on finding a plastic surgeon, as well as the things you should absolutely avoid.

What are the latest anti-aging trends and why does wellness have to come first for the best results?

The latest anti-aging trends are towards more organic approaches that are less invasive and more preventative in nature than ever before. People must realize that it’s the sum of all the little things we do on a daily basis rather than a single procedure performed once a year. Each step we take — eating right, getting rest, relieving stress, and detoxifying our organs — will help us reverse the signs of aging and slow the overall process more than any laser or injection could ever do alone.

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How do you know when you need to go beyond the beauty counter?

When your normal skincare and wellness routines aren’t giving you the results that you want, it may be time to do some research into something more aggressive. Injectable fillers can improve sunken cheeks, thinning lips, and tired eyes, while Botox can be used to eliminate the appearance of crow’s feet and brow lines. Most people are surprised at the impressive results they can achieve with non-invasive technology such as radiofrequency skin tightening, fat freezing, and laser skin rejuvenation.

Whether you opt to get a procedure or not, always remember that wellness starts from within. Many times physical exercise, proper nutrition, and stress relief give you the most bang for your buck. However, when a surgical procedure is being considered, optimizing one’s health before and after surgery always leads to a quicker recovery, improved outcomes, and less risk of complication.

Don't Bargain Shop

What, if anything, changes for those shopping for cosmetic surgery right now?

Rule #1: Don’t bargain shop for parachutes or plastic surgery. Remember, surgery is a serious business. It’s not like getting your hair or nails done. The results can be life — and health — altering. People find it hard to believe that more than 50% of my practice consists of revising surgeries performed elsewhere. Buyers should definitely beware, since there are very little advertising restrictions or guidelines for non-Board Certified plastic surgeons. Broad ranging research should be performed on any doctor you are considering to perform a surgical procedure on your body.

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Do you have any personal stories to share around this one?

I see patients on a daily basis who have been misled by tricky advertising and confusing language on websites. There’s lots of misinformation about surgeons in the digital world — don’t depend on the same type of review system that is used to rate movies or restaurants to rate your doctor. Since it is legal for ANY doctor to perform plastic surgery in the United States (i.e. a brain surgeon, pediatrician, gynecologist, or podiatrist), there is no legal recourse for these patients who are scarred by an impostor.

How is this different than other countries?

Because of my involvement with the reality series Dr. 90210, I have had the opportunity to work with patients from all around the world. Unfortunately, I’ve seen the same problems occurring in many different countries. As a long-standing leader in the field of plastic surgery, I hope the United States will soon modify their regulations and licensing of doctors, as well as increase penalties for those who are manipulating the system in their favor instead of patient advocacy.

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Beware of Groupon

What are common pitfalls or marketing ploys that the consumer should be aware of?

Consumers should definitely be aware of the “Groupon-ization” of anti-aging and wellness services. Like I said before, you should never bargain shop for parachutes or plastic surgery. If you do, you may end up paying much more money to fix unexpected mistakes.

Check your surgeon’s background including their education, experience, and aesthetic sense prior to having any procedure performed on your own body. Let professional specialty societies and board certification agencies do some of the work for you. (Try the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Board of Plastic Surgery, or your State Medical Society.) Doctors who are members of these associations have to meet and maintain a certain level of education to obtain and retain membership.

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