Many of us look in the mirror and worry about our imperfections and how we are aging. It’s easy to identify a wrinkle here and some lines there, but what about identifying what’s actually making us look old? To find a solution, one needs to define the problem and understand how to find a solution. Dr. James Namnoum, a board certified plastic surgeon from Atlanta, discusses the importance of consulting an expert when looking into plastic surgery and why defining your aesthetic problem is the key to a successful outcome.
Defining Your Aging Problem
Why Do I Look Tired?
Wrinkles and lines are telltale signs of aging, but many signs are less pronounced and not always noticeable to the untrained eye. In the many patients who say they look “tired”, what is it about the aging face that gives off a tired appearance?
“Defining the problem is the key to almost everything in surgery, and particularly in aesthetic surgery,” says Dr. Namnoum. “Once you define the problem, you can work your way backwards to the solution. There’s usually more than one thing, and more than one solution.”
Trusting an Expert
We like to think we’re all experts when it comes to our own image and beauty. Lines on my face mean Botox, sagging breasts means breast lift… seems easy enough. “You come in and say, ‘Doctor, I look old; I want something to correct my aging changes’,” says Namnoum. “What actually makes you look that way? You want to go to someone who has experience, has a good aesthetic eye and a good understanding of the concept of beauty.”
A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon may be the most important moment during your entire rejuvenation process. You’ll discuss your issues with your physician, and together formulate why the issues exist, and what tailored treatment will attain the best results. “You’ve got to have somebody who can look at you, see all of the elements which are contributing to the aging changes, see the solutions and then apply them,” says Namnoum. “Even if the patient can’t define it, a good plastic surgeon can help define it for them.”