For centuries women have chased after faded beauty and genetic perfection. As medical science advanced, they left behind the village crones and bitter herbs. Even so, it was only a few decades ago that women would go on “extended vacations” for weeks at a time while they recovered from cosmetic surgery. Facelifts, eye lifts, and breast augmentations were not for casual or cocktail conversation.
In today’s progressive world, it’s not at all uncommon to learn every detail of a person’s latest enhancement from tabloids, Facebook and other social media. If a woman, young or old, has not had some type of elective surgery, it appears they are living on the outer fringes of a trendsetting society.
According to plastic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Cambeiro, who has a thriving practice with offices in Henderson and Las Vegas, the reason for the lack of reticence in women who enhance their images has nothing to do with personal inhibitions.
“New surgical techniques and advanced technology allow for less bruising and swelling,” he explained. “Minimally invasive surgery means a patient can get back to work and social life a lot sooner, whereas before they would be in bed hiding and healing for three or four weeks to recover from invasive procedures. The recovery today is much faster, and women don’t look like they’re recovering from something.”
The advancement in technology is one of the reasons Dr. Cambeiro switched his medical major from neuro surgeon to plastic surgeon. “I was in med school and I did a plastic surgery rotation,” he said. “It captured my imagination because there was a lot of finesse in it. Procedures were constantly evolving and changing dramatically. It was very cutting edge. I also enjoyed the patient population. Everyone was healthy, and you got immediate gratification from patients who were happy after surgery.”
With a total of fifteen consecutive years of education that included four years at the University of Southern California with a major in psychobiology, four years in med school, five years in general surgery and then a two-year specialty in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Cambeiro also went on missions to foreign clinics to help repair children’s cleft lips and palates. The Mayo Clinic trained plastic surgeon says none of that education has been wasted.
“Psychobiology was an honors program that led me to study the mind and behavior. It has helped one hundred percent in my practice. One of the hardest things is to make sure the patient has realistic expectations. That study taught me how to help them understand what issues they’re having with their face and body.”
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The terms “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” can be confusing. The English word plastic is derived from the Greek “plastikos,” which means to mold or give form. Plastic surgery was originally developed to repair genetic abnormalities and disfiguring injuries. As the field evolved, more and more surgeons used similar techniques to enhance a person’s image and physiognomy.
“A board-certified surgeon typically says he is a plastic surgeon. The other society of ‘cosmetic surgery’ is not an accredited ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) specialty, which means you could be an OB GYN or an ENT and take a test and get a license to practice cosmetic surgery,” said Cambeiro. “A board certified plastic surgeon usually has five years of general surgery, two to three years of plastic surgery—and they have to take a written test and an oral exam to be certified.”
The most requested procedure by women at Cambeiro’s practice is Botox, which is minimally invasive, followed by breast augmentation. The number of men who are seeking cosmetic enhancements is growing exponentially too. “Men see the results of their wives or girlfriends’ procedures, so they’ll come in for a consultation. They generally request Botox for the face and smart lipo contouring for breast tissue reduction,” says Cambeiro.
There are certain procedures the doctor won’t perform. “We get requests for body implants such as calf and bicep implants. I won’t do those. I think the complications are too high and it’s disfiguring. Some patients want to completely change their whole face, or they want to look exactly like a certain person. I’d rather they go someplace else. I’ve done enough of this to know what is feasible and what results to expect. I want my patients to be truly happy.” Some patients will ‘doctor shop’, Cambeiro says, until they find a surgeon who will give them what they want. “When they do that they generally come back to me to fix it.”
Most of the requests Cambeiro gets for plastic surgery are feasible. “There are some things that can never be corrected. Certain wrinkles and age asymmetries won’t ever be gone, but they can be improved upon. I always tell my patients one hundred percent the truth. I tend to promise less and deliver more.”
It’s often poetically referenced that true beauty lies within the heart and the soul. Common sense dictates a person should choose a qualified and licensed plastic surgeon if they plan to invest in enhancing and improving their physical image via surgical and other cosmetic techniques. –Christine McKellar
Complimentary consultations are available by appointment. Mention the code “VOE” when making an appointment with Dr. Cambeiro for Botox or Juvederm and receive a $50 credit on your initial treatment. Offer expires March 31, 2018.
SurgiSpa Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery 2370 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy #130, Henderson, NV 89052 Phone: (702) 566-8300. https://www.surgispa.net/