Life moves at a quicker pace these days, thanks to technological advances of the information age. Most questions can be answered by a few clicks on the Internet, and we’re able to stay in constant contact with people all over the world. It’s no wonder we’ve come to expect instant gratification, even from plastic surgery.
“Weekend” procedures offered by plastic surgeons advertise that patients can come in on Friday and return to work by Monday. But just because something can be done fast doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better. In fact, studies show that weekend plastic surgery procedures result in far less favorable outcomes.
Hospitals have decreased staffing and fewer resources during weekends, which can translate into a slower response time, and delays in processing tests or lab work. Many surgeons don’t have their usual operating team on hand during the weekend, which can slow down the surgery.
An Inconvenient Truth
People who opt for weekend cosmetic surgery typically do so because of the perceived convenience factor. After all, who wouldn’t prefer a weekend recovery to taking time off work? But when something seems too good to be true, it usually is. When surgeons try to deliver faster results with weekend procedures, even the best intentions can backfire.
There’s a reported increase in hospitalization costs and length of stay with weekend plastic surgery. Many patients who opt for weekend procedures end up needing to fix a rushed or subpar job later on, which ultimately leads to a greater overall expense in the long run.
Playing it safe and booking your appointment to allow for a normal surgery time and recovery period is more likely to offer you the best plastic surgery results. Just like the saying, good things come to those who wait.
Dr. Glenn M Davis knows that not every patient has the same goals, and applies his years of experience and extensive education to create results that are personal and natural. Focusing mainly on facial plastic surgery procedures in the Raleigh, NC area, Dr. Davis also offers a selection of enhancements for the body and breasts, including abdominoplasty, liposuction, and combination breast lift and augmentation.
Dr. Davis received his medical doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and trained in general surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. After refining and focusing his surgical technique in a plastic surgery residency at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk, VA, Dr. Davis developed his skills as Assistant Chief of Plastic Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Davis is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is committed to utilizing the most up-to-date and successful techniques for each of his patients, and serves in leadership roles in multiple local and national plastic surgery organizations. A past president of 3 medical surgical organizations including the Raleigh Academy of Medicine, Dr. Davis has also chaired a number of committees for the American Society of Plastic surgeons, and continues to serve as Clinical Associate PRofessor of Plastic Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.