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    How to Avoid Botched and Overdone Procedures

    By Robert Kotler, MD, FACS

    Cosmetic Surgery Patient

    The May 14, 2012 issue of STAR magazine was quite something. The cover, featuring nine photos of Hollywood celebs with ample evidence of poorly performed cosmetic procedures, boasted “335 Amazing Celebrity Photos.”

    STAR was not kidding. I was quite impressed with the size of their photo archive of poor-quality, inappropriate, unnatural cosmetic surgery, and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

    It is a shame that many people in the public eye have such poor judgment.

    I would recommend that people considering cosmetic surgery take a good look at this catalog of bad results. There is a lot to be learned from seeing others’ missteps. The common thread throughout the directory of inappropriate cosmetic procedure is: “Too much, too radical, unnatural, and strange.”

    No patient ever wants to sign up for this.

    Now, you may wonder: “If these Hollywood people with big purses, and presumably good connections, cannot get it right, how do the rest of us get good cosmetic surgery?”

    Well, that is one reason why you need to do the homework. Obviously, the Hollywood folks did not. Be sure to look at as many “before” and “after” photographs in the photo albums and websites of the doctors you are considering. If they do not look good because they are overdone and unnatural, then it is time to move on to the next practice.

    Remember, just because Hollywood people have money and connections does not give them common sense. Their acting, singing, and dancing talent is obvious to all, but common sense and good judgment are represented in another region of the brain.

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