How does a patient avoid telltale signs of cosmetic surgery such as changed eyelid shape, scars around ears after a face-lift, pinched nose, and a surprised look?
"A good surgeon should be able to avoid any telltale signs," says Robert M. Schwarcz, M.D., a leading facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon in New York City. "My philosophy is that cosmetic surgery should never drastically change the patient's appearance. It should enhance his or her features and look natural. Before undergoing the procedure, ask the doctor to show close-up pictures of his or her patients post-surgery. If there is obvious scarring or the face/skin looks pulled or unnatural in appearance, that is a red flag. Always ask about the surgeon's approach and how he/she avoids obvious scarring."