LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Flowers, DJ, the perfect dress—there's a lot to be planned when getting ready to say "I do," but should cosmetic surgery be on the list? As wedding season gets underway, Little Rock cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rhys Branman offers his perspective on whether or not cosmetic surgery is advisable for patients planning their wedding day.
"Whenever a patient mentions her upcoming wedding during a consultation, this adds a unique dynamic to the case," states Dr. Branman. "I am careful to assess a patient's motivations and expectations to ensure that cosmetic surgery will benefit her not just on her wedding day, but for a lifetime."
He outlines three key questions he addresses during a consultation to ensure that a bride-to-be is a good candidate for any procedure she is considering:
What are a patient's reasons for wanting cosmetic surgery?
Dr. Branman says the most satisfied patients address an aspect of their appearance they have always wanted to improve, rather than attempting to perfect their look for one particular event. "I encourage a patient interested in cosmetic surgery before a wedding to carefully examine her motivations. A good candidate will be thinking about how a procedure will affect her well-being for years to come, not just the wedding day," says Dr. Branman. "For such a patient, it is fine if the wedding provides the motivation to move forward with a long considered procedure."
Does the patient have a realistic timeframe to recover and see optimal results?
All surgical procedures require recovery time, and Dr. Branman explains that it can take several months for the final results of cosmetic surgery to be in place. "Even though most patients are happy with what they see shortly after surgery, subtle changes continue to take place for several more months," he stresses. "For breast and body procedures, this could affect the fit of a wedding dress." He also recommends patients consider how the time and effort required to plan a wedding may impact recovery and to plan surgical procedures well in advance of the ceremony.
Dr. Branman mentions that non-surgical facial treatments for the bride, such as Botox injections or injectable fillers like Restylane, can be an excellent option for women who want to look their best on their big day but are not ready to commit to a more extensive procedure and recovery time.
What role do a patient's family or fiance have in her desire to have surgery?
While having the support of loved ones is helpful, Dr. Branman reminds patients to make any changes they're considering for themselves and no one else. "If a bride comes in primarily wanting to change something to please her fiance, this can be a red flag. I would recommend that she take time to reconsider whether cosmetic surgery is the right decision."
Dr. Branman encourages those considering a procedure to consult with an experienced cosmetic surgeon, noting that with careful planning and an honest conversation about one's goals, cosmetic surgery can help a patient both look beautiful for her wedding and enhance her self-confidence as she begins a new chapter of her life.
About Dr. Branman: Board certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rhys Branman has been specializing in cosmetic surgery for the breast, body and face since 1998. He is affiliated with Arkansas Surgical Hospital, Arkansas Heart Hospital and the Little Rock Surgery Center. His office and AAAHC accredited on-site surgical suite is located at 10809 Executive Center Dr #100 Little Rock, AR 72211-6020 (501) 227-0707. For more information, visit www.littlerockcosmeticsurgery.com or read some of Dr. Branman's reviews.
Media Contact: Rhys Branman, Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery Center, (501) 227-0707 www.littlerockcosmeticsurgery.com.
SOURCE Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery