When “Having Work Done” Doesn’t Work

bridalplastyIn the evenings, when i workout on my treadmill at home, I like to watch TV to distract myself from the drudgery of running in one place for 30 minutes. As I channel surf to find something interesting, I have come across various reality programming, and have subconsciously noticed a disturbing trend among such shows.

There are a number of programs on various cable/satellite channels about bad or extreme plastic surgery and procedures.  In addition, many of the “Real Housewives” of the various cities seem to have had way too much and very obvious aesthetic work (and seem astonishingly proud to discuss it on camera).

Fortunately, these disturbing and even shocking cases are the extreme exceptions and definitely not the norm by any stretch of the imagination.  In fact, speaking from my point of view, the vast majority of patients at Maine Laser Skin Care are thrilled with their results and say that they would do it again (and frequently do).

Granted, many of the extreme cases of aesthetic work on reality television result from plastic surgery, or invasive procedures, which is not what we do at Maine Laser Skin Care.  However, there are people on and off TV who overdo non-invasive procedures as well, especially Botox.

before-afterMy philosophy has always been that good aesthetic work should be subtle and hard to spot.  After my work is done, people should look better, more relaxed, and well rested, but not like they have had “work done”.

I always counsel patients that all of our procedures should be done in moderation and not to the extreme.  Also, just because you saw something performed on a TV program, even the reputable ones like Dr. OZ or The Doctors, does not mean that this procedure would be right for you.

The media is jam packed with lots of marketing hype.  Rather than submit to the hottest trend, I thoroughly check out any service we offer, and obtain all the necessary training and certification before offering it to you our customer.

I realize that entrusting your health and your appearance to me is a very important decision.  You invest your time as well as your money.

My job is to meet or exceed your expectations and achieve natural-looking results in the process.  The bottom line is “bad” plastic surgery or aesthetic work is just that, an aberration that is focused on for shock value and not the norm.

From now on, I am just going to watch the home makeover shows or Law and Order reruns and try not to get so worked up by the shock TV.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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