Guest Blogger Dr. Frederick Lukash: Dos and don’ts for teenagers thinking about plastic surgery
Dr. Frederick N. Lukash, M.D.,FACS, FAAP, has consistently been voted one of “America’s Top Doctors,” by the Castle Connolly guide, and by the Consumer Research Council of America (www.bestdoctors.com). A board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon in practice in Manhattan and Long Island since 1981, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Lukash achieved board certification by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A strong sense of service to the community here and worldwide has motivated Dr. Lukash to volunteer his expertise to organizations such as Surgical Aid to Children of the World and Operation Smile. He has been honored by the Chief Executive of Nassau County for his service in reconstructing children from war torn Afghanistan. His giving also includes surgical service to local adoption agencies where correction of physical deformities has enabled unplaceable children to find homes. The United States Olympic Committee has recognized Dr. Lukash for his volunteer service at the summer Olympic Games.
In addition to writing and speaking, Dr. Lukash has an exhibit called “Operation Art” that has been featured at many Children’s Museums around the country. This exhibit depicts emotions through non verbal medium of art in children before and after undergoing plastic surgery.
Dr. Lukash holds staff appointments at Long Island Jewish Medical Center / Schneider Children’s Hospital, North Shore University Hospital, Winthrop University Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital. He has also served as a plastic surgical consultant to the New York Islanders hockey team and the New York Jets football team.
His latest book is The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery.
You can visit his websites at www.drlukash.com and www.teenageplasticsurgery.com.
Dos and Don’ts for Teenagers Thinking About Plastic Surgery
By Dr. Frederick Lukash
Plastic Surgery is REAL SURGERY not beauty parlor treatments! Think twice before acting once.
DO: 1. Carefully evaluate your reasons for wanting to change a physical structure on your body
2. Discuss it with your parents – their opinion counts – dialogue is very important
3. As a family seek out a plastic surgeon who is knowledgeable with your issue and can offer a valuable consultation without pressuring you into surgery
4.Make sure your chosen surgeon shows you before and after results and lets you speak to other patients who had your “operation”
5. Make sure the surgery is to be performed in a safe facility with reputable staff and anesthesia
DONT: 1. Do not Make a rash decision – you live with the outcome
2 Do not assume that surgeon because of media spotlight can be ideal for you – do homework
3. Do not assume plastic surgery is without risk – it is real surgery
4. Do not go forward until your research is complete about your reasons, the surgeon and the facility
5. Do not assume you will immediately be able to jump back into your life – you need time to recover
6 Do not rely on the internet for your info – it is unfiltered and not always accurate
7. Avoid using doctor web sites as your source guidefor choosing a surgeon