What Is Holistic Plastic Surgery, Is There Such A Thing?

imagesBeing beautiful and fabulous at every age is more than just wearing the  right clothes, putting the right make-up and having matching accessories. The look will be complete if a person exudes confidence and knowing  that this person has good fashion sense but also looks good for their age. Looking good at any age is part  and achieved by good health management. People say “ to age well is to be ageless, both inside and out.”

Holistic medicine is one option that anyone can opt for. Holistic medicine can be easy to comprehend but holistic plastic surgery may seem contradicting. There only a few doctors that use the  label “holistic medicine” or “specifically holistic plastic surgery”.

What Is Holistic Medicine?

First of all, let’s try to understand holistic medicine. By definition, holistic medicine is a type of healing  that focus on the whole person – the mind, body, emotions and spirit in achieving maximum health and overall wellness. According to its philosophy, an individual can achieve maximum health has proper balance in life. Holistic medicine practitioners believe the a whole individual is made up of different independent parts. If one part is not functioning properly, all the other parts of the body will be affected as well. Holistic medicine sees if there is an imbalance in an individual either physical, spiritual or emotional, it can negatively affect a person’s overall health. A holistic physician can use different types of health care, from traditional medications to alternative therapies in treating patients.

How Can Holistic Medicine Apply In Traditional Plastic Surgery?

Holistic plastic surgeons use the same products and injectables in performing the same treatments just like traditional or regular plastic surgeons. And just like any good surgeon, they first prepare their patients physically, nutritionally and mentally before the facial surgery. The difference between a regular plastic surgeon and a holistic plastic surgeon lies on the additional treatments they do. Holistic plastic surgeons branches out and use alternative treatments and therapies like energy healing, acupuncture, Mesotherapy, homeopathy or manual lymphatic drainage massage, this according to the New York City Surgeon, Dr. Shirley Madhere. She also added that most plastic surgeon will make pre-surgery recommendations for patients to visit therapist, nutritionist or trainers, not all of them explain or discuss how and why these things will help their patients. Education is the key, and this will ensure that the patient will follow through and will build a solid relationship and trust between the patient and the plastic surgeon.

Dr. Steven Davis of New Jersey states that holistic surgeons strives in improving and enhancing their patient’s overall health and well-being. He added that there are other things that makes an impact on the results of the procedure besides the surgeries. Any psychological issues can cause patients not to be satisfied even with the most accurate surgery. He said that everything in the body is connected and even if you’re doing surgery on one part to a fit body, the body as a whole is experiencing it. Not all patients require or need a holistic approach as stated by Dr. Shafer. Some patients just want to have the procedure done and then go on with their regular life, while other patients are opting to a more significant treatment that requires a more comprehensive approach.

Other issues of holistic medicine are the unregulated procedures of some holistic treatments and the “holistic” term itself. Patients should know what are things involve in the procedure and how the plastic surgeon will approach things. A patient can ask if the procedure is a comprehensive approach to get the best outcome or are they just using a cover to push or sell unnecessary services or products?

Dr. Madhere and Dr. Davis acknowledge the lack of regulation at present thus they are very careful about the practitioners they refer to their patients. They attest each of their recommendations. It is still best to do research on a plastic surgeon about their certification, training and specialty. It is also same with alternative treatment practitioners, know their credentials and if the medication or the technology they use is approved by the FDA.

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