by Rey P. Beltran | VigorBuddy.com
The author sat down with one of the country’s premier cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Florencio Q. Lucero, very recently to ask some questions that might be of interest to those who would want to go under the knife… or not.
1. How do you define Invasive, Minimally-invasive and Non-invasive cosmetic procedures?
Invasive, you have to cut the patient, you have to open. Whatever procedure you want to do to enhance the face, the body, invasive means you have to cut. Minimally invasive means the cut of the skin is minimal. [It] means you only use needles to deliver the material that you want to use, either threads or fillers; but other people would consider fillers or minimally invasive but it’s a gray area on those definitions. Non-invasive is you don’t see any wound on the skin. You don’t have to use the needle to deliver the material. You only use machines, all those machines [that are] available that can do those non-invasive procedures.
Would you say that liposuction is minimally-invasive?
No. Liposuction is invasive. Even if the holes are small, it is invasive. Because even with the small holes on the skin, you are creating a large wound under the skin because you are sucking out fat; all the areas where you sucked out fat, you create a wound, a big wound under. If one is not careful in doing that, you can get an infection in a big cavity where the fat was. And that’s a disaster.
2. When a patient is considering a cosmetic procedure, how do you figure out what will be the best option for the patient?
First, being a surgeon, we always think of invasive. Patients nowadays are well-informed already [on] what other procedures would give them a shorter, or practically, no downtime at all. So you will see in the internet clinics, even abroad, saying a “lunchtime procedure” then you go back to the office. Maybe machines like Thermage takes a little longer than an hour. The “lunchtime procedure” is a misleading advertisement. They claim they can do it in 30 minutes or an hour but it takes longer than that.
3. Can you combine procedures for desired results? What are some of the benefits in combining procedures?
Yes, you can combine invasive, minimally invasive or non-invasive, depends on what you prioritize and what the patients want; that’s how we decide also and what is the patient’s expectation. If the patients are thinking of little downtime or no downtime for any procedure, then we have to give them the option of non-invasive or minimally invasive first before going into invasive if they still look for more results.
Definitely, [the benefit of combining the procedures is that they] complement each other. So if we have seen in invasive surgery that there is still some room for improvement, so what is missing before has been answered by the other minimally invasive and non-invasive procedure and the machines that are used to tighten the skin or to maybe remove pigments, to remove some more fat using non-invasive procedure.
Watch out for Part 2
Dr. Florencio Q. Lucero is a plastic surgeon diplomate since 1981. Visit his website: www.plasticsurgeryphil.com