Dr. Michael A. Fiorillo, MD
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Friday, October 29th, 2010
You hear about it often, that people are planning ‘plastic surgery vacations’ as they bunker down in an overseas location to get a cosmetic procedure done and recover. While it may sound like a different way to spend your time post-surgery and may even sound appealing, going to Costa Rica, Korea or any other international destination when you’re an American citizen is not necessarily your wisest choice. It’s often believed that plastic surgery overseas will be lighter on your wallet and that the same caliber of doctor’s will perform your procedure. In many cases these are myths, and here are some reasons why plastic surgery overseas is not your best choice.
1. Medical standards may differ - American doctors have the highest caliber of medical training. While cosmetic surgeons overseas may claim to be qualified to perform your procedure, if their medical license is from another country, they may have a different approach or a lower-level of training than American surgeons.
2. Doctors in different countries aren’t better qualified to perform surgery on people of a local nationality – believe it or not, this is not an uncommon belief. Plastic surgeons are trained to work with facial features and are familiar with different structures and looks. The same applies when surgery is performed on other parts of the body. Just because a surgeon in Korea may have had more experience working with individuals that have Korean features, doesn’t mean that they are any more qualified to perform surgery on someone that is of Asian background.
3. Aftercare may differ - while no surgeon hopes for any complications, the reality is that they can happen after plastic surgery whether it takes place in the United States or overseas. Just because there are qualified plastic surgeons in the desired overseas location, doesn’t mean that there would be the same quality of care for standard treatment or aftercare.
4. You’re a long way from home – if there were any complications, keep in mind that you’re likely to be stuck in the country you’re visiting longer than planned. You can’t travel a long distance immediately after surgery and could find yourself away from home for an extended period of time without access to support from friends and family members.
5. The cost savings isn’t substantial enough - the statement “you get what you pay for” is true here. Yes, some plastic surgeons abroad do charge less than in the United States. But, you never want to go for the cosmetic surgeon with the lowest prices. Also, the cost of travel and medical overseas will counteract any savings and could lead to even more if problems arise!
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
This past week the Buffalo District School District in the state of New York released findings that there were $8 million in plastic surgery claims made during 2009. This news has been discussed nation-wide as many have been shocked that tax payers are forced to foot the bill for a school board that is already in debt. Employees of this Buffalo school board have been eligible to receive plastic surgery covered under their health care plan, and this is a benefit that was initially negotiated into the standard contract 30 years ago. The school board is currently revisiting this policy, in part due to the public interest, but has noted that plastic surgery procedures have only been covered when they’re under a doctor’s recommendation.
This circumstance brings up an interesting debate at a time when more people than ever are speaking up about getting plastic surgery. It’s becoming more mainstream and accepted whether it’s completed to correct a true malformation or simply enhance an individual’s appearance to suit their personal preference.
According to the information released, 500 employees took advantage of this benefit and many of these individuals received tissue procedures and chemical peels. Those speaking up have been split between supporting the right to these benefits, and opposing it due to the fact that such elective surgeries can be considered unnecessary. Remember, what’s being contested here is not whether school board members in Upstate New York should be allowed to get plastic surgery; but if it should be paid for, effectively by tax payers. We’d like to hear your thoughts on this controversial issue!
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Dr. Fiorillo was featured in the November 1st issue of Star Magazine where he gives his opinion on French actress Marion Cotillard new breast implants.
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
Heidi Montag has been an example of plastic surgery gone too far, according to many. It’s been speculated that perhaps she was suffering from a plastic surgery addiction. With all this considered, many are surprised that the celebrity is speaking out again to tell the world that she is done going under the knife. She attributes this decision to the stress of recovery from 10 plastic surgeries that took place in one session, and the death of her trusted surgeon. Initially, the reality TV star had indicated that her breast implants were too large. She was intending to get a breast implant exchange but has now ultimately decided against that.
Of course, it has also been speculated that she has only spoken out about her plastic surgery and provided conflicting decisions in order to push her way back into the limelight. But, regardless, it will be interesting to see what her next plastic surgery announcement will be. Do you think this celebrity is making decisions based on her physically needs or her desire for fame?
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
The good news about having scheduled plastic surgery as opposed to an emergency surgical procedure is that you know it’s coming. That means, there is the opportunity to plan ahead and make sure that you have made arrangements to ensure that your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips to help you in your preparation:
1. Understand what’s involved by talking to your doctor – understand the recovery times, different limitations during the various stages of recovery and potential complications that can take place. Knowing how long you’ll be off your feet and your expected level of mobility can help ensure you have the help you need to get through it.
2. Make a list of tasks for during recovery - make a list of everything you feel needs to get done and prioritize them. Ensure that you have help for the necessities lined up. For example, grocery shopping which can’t wait or help to deal with children or family pets. As you get further in the recovery, begin incorporating the light tasks you can do yourself, but having the list will ensure you don’t overdo it!
3. Line up help – once you have the task list, ask friends and family members when they may be able to lend a hand. Most will be happy to help you out if you ask!
4. Take on new tasks at home – you don’t need to allow life to stop. If you’re used to having responsibilities in the house, trade them off with another member of the family. You can take on bill paying instead of vacuuming or fold the clothes instead of doing the laundry.
5. Line up entertainment - make sure you have lots of movies, books and anything else you enjoy for entertainment while you’re off your feet. Even considering inviting a few friends over for pizza, popcorn and a movie so you don’t need to overdo it by going out but can still hang on to some of your social life!
Saturday, October 16th, 2010
Many women who have had a breast augmentation find themselves inspired to get out and purchase new lingerie that increases their confidence and helps them make the most of their new assets. But, lingerie shopping post-surgery does mean that women need to learn how to get the perfect bra fit for their new breasts. Here are some guidelines that women can follow when bra shopping!
1. Make sure that the band is even across your back - if the back of the bra isn’t straight across, it won’t offer adequate support. It’s not uncommon for women to purchase a bra that is pulled up towards the sides of the back by the straps, but this doesn’t do them any favors physically or aesthetically.
2. Make sure that the front band of the bra sits against your ribcage - if you buy a bra that is essentially floating over your breasts rather than resting below, then you have chosen the wrong size bra. The under wire and the base of the cups should be against your ribcage, not the breast tissue to provide support. Of course, you don’t want the front or back band of the bra to be so tight that it digs in either.
3. Choose a bra that gives your breasts a nice shape – cups that are too small for your breasts can create a lumpy look due to inadequate coverage. Make sure that you have appropriate cleavage that is supported.
4. Buy a bra that fits on the loosest clasp – your bra can stretch in time, so when you buy one, make sure it fits adequately on the loosest clasp so you can make it tighter as needed.
5. Remember, you may have new support requirements – following a breast augmentation, you may require different levels of support than you did previously. This means that cuts and styles you shopped for before may no longer work. A professional bra fitting can make sure you get what you need!
Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Dr. Fiorillo is featured in Star Magazine’s October 25th issue. He comments on MTV’s Farrah from Teen Mom’s recent breat surgery. Dr. Fiorillo is quoted saying, “She most likely had silicone implants as they are very natural looking.” Dr. Fiorillo goes on to say that he thinks her new breast size is perfect and fits her body well.