by Rey Beltran | VigorBuddy.com
Cosmetic surgery is a thriving industry in the country. And knowing more about it will definitely help us consider the pros and cons before we go under the knife. Here’s the last part of our 2-parter interview with Dr. Florencio Q. Lucero, one of the premier cosmetic surgeons in the country.
4. There are patients who opt for minimal to No Downtime like tourists, given that most of the treatments are cheaper here than abroad. Can you give an example of non-invasive treatments you can recommend for the face and body?
Using ultrasound, Ulthera. Using cooling to the point of close to freezing, Thermage. I love those two tools. I tell the patients that “you might need to come back for touch up,” or “you have to look for other doctors where you live” because most of the time, one treatment is not enough. The patient’s objective is to lose size, to lose the amount of fat in the tummy, the arms, and the thighs. These cannot be taken in one session. The same with Ulthera. Depending on the amount of aging and sagging of the flesh, you have to come back maybe after three months minimum. If we follow the recommendations, others will come back after one year.
5. Can you do multiple procedures for a patient? Please cite examples.
In surgery, yes. In non-invasive, some work on the face, reducing the fat. Reconstructive [surgery] was actually what brought us into cosmetic surgery because the training in reconstructive gave us knowledge that we need to apply in doing cosmetic surgery.
6. What differentiates Plastic Surgeons from other specializations when it comes to Aesthetics?
Plastic Surgeons have gone through the whole gamut of training. We came from general surgery. Many of us nowadays have gone through complete general surgery training. That’s a big advantage. Then we went into plastic surgery, which takes now another three years of complete training. We learned little by little as we went along. So when we start practicing, we look for more training, [attend] more scientific meetings to give us more knowledge about what we can do in cosmetic surgery. Like we used to say in reconstructive surgery, “there is a little bit of cosmetic when we do reconstructive.” It’s not simply covering a defect. And then there’s a little bit reconstructive when we do cosmetic.
7. There are medical counterfeit devices and non-certified products from China and Korea that some physicians are using in their clinics. What can you say about this?
I have seen bad results done by others. Most likely, these are the fake ones. Or they were not oriented or trained. I haven’t tried anything that was made from China and Korea. But I have seen some. And if you look at the specifications, you can rely on the real ones because say for example, like the CoolSculpt machine, there’s a caution that you cannot go below the temperature specified. But others may not have that kind of precautions.
8. Tips for choosing a plastic surgeon.
First, ask around. That’s the best but that’s not always a guarantee. And second, you look for the training and qualifications, where was he trained? As I said, it takes long years of training for plastic surgery. A week, a month or three months of training in cosmetic [surgery] is not sufficient. As we all know, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. You can also check with the Philippine Association of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons.
Dr. Florencio Q. Lucero is a plastic surgeon diplomate since 1981. Visit his website: www.plasticsurgeryphil.com