You’ve heard this old adage: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” This timeless advice can be applied to almost anything, from shopping for a new car to booking a vacation package. When your body and health are at stake, it’s extra important to do your research. So the next time you’re browsing through the dozens of procedures offered by Temecula plastic surgeons, I recommend a few foolproof ways to pick a surgical option that’s tried and true instead of too good to be true:
- Beware of empty promises. Natural-looking, lasting results take time, and, in many cases, some degree of expense. Doctors and products that advertise miraculous results for a small amount of time or money are probably fibbing. At their worst, these options can be downright dangerous. Procedures such as “lifestyle lifts” that are marketed as easy facelift alternatives or cosmetic products that claim to provide surgery-caliber results probably aren’t worth your time.
- Be on the lookout for novelties. Though it can take months or even years for a product or procedure to be approved by the FDA, it’s worth the wait. The FDA approval process ensures that new cosmetic procedures are safe and effective and provide predictable results. Products and procedures that are supposedly popular in other countries or are secret favorites of celebrities probably haven’t been approved by the FDA. Though non-FDA-approved products are legal, their results are unpredictable and potentially dangerous.
- Avoid guarantees. It seems counterintuitive, but the word “guarantee” is a big red flag in the world of cosmetic surgery. All patients are different. Although a skilled doctor using FDA-approved products and techniques can create some incredible results, they’re never guaranteed. A trustworthy doctor or aesthetician will thoroughly explain what you can expect from your procedure, as well as the potential risks associated with it.