Is Plastic Surgery Right for You?

Plastic surgery can help augment and improve your appearance, thereby increasing your self-esteem and self-confidence. But how can you be sure that getting plastic surgery is the right option for you? If you visit any major city, you are likely to find hundreds of plastic surgeons advertising their services in the phone directories. Many of them show numerous before and after pictures, and they may even advertise special rates. This puts the issue of money before any thing else and can end up costing you in the long run.

Ask yourself why you want plastic surgery? Is it to get rid of body fat that you have not been able to lose? Is there a facial deformity that you have been born with that has caused you a lot of painful suffering? Do you want to look more youthful, and therefore you’re wanting to get a facelift? These are all important questions to ask before making any decisions. Plastic surgery is very risky. Not only do you have to endure the temporary pain and discomfort of having had surgery, but you also risk getting nosocomial diseases and infections that accompany a trip to any hospital. Nosocomial diseases and infections are caught while at the hospital. In addition, you could also risk infection from the surgery itself, as every person’s body heals differently.


To Botox® or not to Botox®?

Much like the quote from the Bard, "To be or not to be," many people face a similar question these days in the form of, "To live with wrinkles or not live with wrinkles." Really the questions are very similar. While Shakespeare was contemplating whether to live or not, being happy with one self is part of leading a happy life. So why not to Botox® or not to Botox®?

A basic overview of Botox® is that it is a toxin derived from Clostridium botulinum (try to say that three times fast) and in large amounts can cause botulism which is a type of food poisoning. But it can also cause paralysis in smaller doses. Scientists found a way to dilute the compound down to be safe enough to use on human muscle tissue.

Botox® is injected into key areas and then prevents the muscles from contracting. This in turn causes wrinkles to relax and soften. Although many jokes have been made about people being unable to smile, the end result is a reduction of wrinkles and smoother skin.

Positive Aspects of Botox®:

  • The drug has been FDA approved since 2002 for frown lines and other wrinkles.
  • The procedure is simple and only takes a few minutes and no anesthesia is needed.
  • The cost of Botox® is much lower than having a face lift or eyelid lift procedure done.

Other Considerations:

  • Botox® effects will only last 4 to 6 months. A surgical procedure will last much longer.
  • Temporary bruising, headaches, and sometimes droopy eyelids can occur after treatment.
  • People who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who suffer from neurological diseases should not use Botox®.
  • Botox® for cosmetic purposes is almost never covered by insurance.

There are other considerations for using Botox®. Some people have begun to use the shots as a long term preventative solution to wrinkles. By using Botox® when you notice lines forming you can prevent certain wrinkles from ever forming. People in their 30's have been able to have close to 100 percent smoothing as the skin had not been in a prolonged wrinkle state.

So why the mad rush to look younger? Wall Street brokers are taking their bonus checks and cashing them at the doctor's office to pay for Botox® to help eliminate wrinkles and lines caused from long hours and stress. People spend thousands of dollars each year on regular injections to maintain skin like they had in their 20's even as they are in their 40's. What is the point?

The simple answer is happiness. For some people, a positive physical appearance leads to an increase in self-esteem. Aside from leading a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise, some people want to turn back the hands of time anywhere they can. Botox® can help achieve that goal by helping reduce current wrinkles and eliminating newer ones from forming. 'To be or not to be?' If the question is about happiness then you should always chose to be.


Tips for Recovery from Procedures

One aspect of having plastic or cosmetic surgery that people do not look forward to is the recovery. Everyone would prefer that the doctor simply wave a magic wand and "POOF" you are changed. But unfortunately it doesn't work like that.

Part of the reason people want a quick recovery is obviously comfort. Nobody wants to be in pain or to be inactive, which is often the case after surgery.

The other reason is people do not wish to advertise they have had work done. In many cases people you know will recognize that things have changed. Sometimes people feel a bit embarrassed when being seen not at their best, such as wrapped in bandages and gauze or being swollen and bruised. That is very understandable and a perfectly natural way to react.

There are some things you can do prior to surgery as well as after to eliminate discomfort and help set yourself at ease.

Plan on having a recovery period. The doctor will warn you what to expect whether it be a few days or longer of taking it easy. Trying to ignore the doctor's advice will usually lead to a slower recovery instead of a faster one.

Arrange for care for the first 2-3 or more days after surgery. Schedule surgery for a Thursday and then take Friday and Monday off (or longer). If you are going to stay at home then clear the calendar of events for both spouse and children. You want rest and relaxation with a little pampering. Ideally find a nice hotel near the location of the procedure and order room service for a few days.

Use ice or cold packs regularly. Ice is wonderful to reduce swelling and speed up the healing process. The surgeon will provide advice on the best locations and how often to use ice. This is a key to easing discomfort and getting you on the mend quickly!

Follow all of the surgeon's advice for post operation. This includes types of medication to take and avoid, when to change bandages, and even when to resume certain activities.

Drink lots of fluid. Have extra water and sports drinks on hand to rehydrate your body. This is another way to speed up recovery as you flush your system out. Also make sure to plan for a bland and simple diet. Many times your body is not up to big meals that are hard to digest after surgery.

Avoid the sun. Your skin needs protection and time to heal. Lotion or similar skin care should be used per the doctor's advice.

Expect things to look bad for awhile. There is nothing worse than having shattered expectations. So assume for the worst and hope for the best. The swelling will go down and the bandages will come off. But things take time to heal.

Going into any event prepared is always easier than going in with a blindfold on. If you are planning on undergoing plastic surgery or having a cosmetic procedure done make sure to plan for the before and after. This will help your body recovery faster so you can enjoy the new you sooner.


5 Reasons for a Breast Reduction

  1. To reduce strain or eliminate pain in the back, neck, and shoulder areas
  2. Breathing problems
  3. Limitations on physical activities such as running or swimming
  4. To change torso shape to look better in and out of clothing
  5. To eliminate shoulder strap indentations from bra or swim suit straps

Do you need a breast reduction?

With all of the coverage about breast enlargement procedures these days, it would seem that breast reduction surgery is treated like a second class citizen. But, many women suffer painful problems from having breasts that are naturally too large for their frames to support comfortably. One of the best solutions to this problem is to have a breast reduction procedure.

What causes overly large breasts? As with most parts of the body, the natural size a woman's breasts will become is based largely on genetics. In addition, higher estrogen levels or hormonal increases due to pregnancy and then lactation can increase breast size even more. Medical studies have also shown that certain drugs such as risperidone, marijuana, and anabolic steroids can all cause breast tissue to enlarge.

Why reduce when so many others are looking to increase?

In some cases a woman may not even realize the discomfort larger breasts are putting on her body. The human body, in a base sense, is a functional machine that works best when it is in balance. Adding additional weight to the body will naturally lead to overcompensation to prevent gravity from doing its' job. This can come in the form the neck and should muscles attempting to support weight in a manner they were not designed for.


New Technique for Breast Augmentation

Keller_FunnelDr. Ruthie McCrary is pleased to announce she is now using the new no touch Keller Funnel for Breast implant delivery. This funnel makes it possible to use smaller incisions, resulting in less scarring and faster healing. The funnel is well lubricated, so placement is far gentler than possible with previous methods. The gentle placement reduces the trauma, thus reducing the likelihood scar tissue and capsular contracture will develop.

In my practice I like to select the best of new technology. The Keller Funnel is an example of this, as it allows for smaller incisions and faster introduction minimizing scar tissue and lessening the time that the patient is under anesthesia. It definitely improves the quality of breast augmentation making it better and safer.

For more information about the Keller Funnel, visit, or if you are interested in learning more about how we can help you with breast implants, you can call our office at 248-258-5100 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ruthie.



"We had the procedure performed the following week with remarkable results. His self-confidence blossomed. He actually took part in summer activities with no shirt and unfortunately learned about sunburns on the back. Dr. Ruthie, thank you so much for giving him the freedom and the confidence to be my happy, go-lucky son!!!!"
Marie, Auburn Hills, MI

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Contact Information

Ruthie McCrary, M.D., P.C.

222 E. Merrill St. Ste 101
Birmingham, MI 48009

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