Although plastic surgery is a personal choice, it has become a trend across pop culture. Oftentimes, celebrities and influencers go viral for having work done such as Brazilian butt lifts, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation and other procedures.
With the rising number of requests for plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery each year, Dr. Nicholas Jones of Nip & Tuck Plastic Surgery explained how many patients walk into his office asking to look like celebrities such as Ari Fletcher, Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj.
Dr. Jones discussed the most requested cosmetic procedures and what precautions patients should take.
How did you get your start in plastic surgery?
I’m a plastic surgeon with a boutique practice here in Atlanta. I specialize in cosmetics, mostly breast and body work, and we also do some reconstructive surgery which is mostly breast reconstruction and keloids. I’m from New Orleans and as a kid, my mom constantly told me that I was going to be a doctor. I found out what plastic surgery is and I just pursued it. For me, what made it so special or unique is you can operate on any part of the body, and you don’t have to worry about very sick patients. It allows you to put your unique touch on things and you can also be an entrepreneur and have your own business to operate within the functions or confines of your own space.
What are the most requested cosmetic procedures?
It varies, but right now I would say probably the most popular thing is awake liposuction. After awake liposuction, I would probably say BBLs and tummy tucks. But things trend, for an example, I recently did a surgery on a guy who was an influencer and he had high-definition liposuction. So basically, what we do is we kind of edge the muscles so that we make them more visible. … After he post[ed] all of his surgeries, so many people started coming and saying, “hey, I want whatever style [so-and-so] had.” It was just popping with that procedure at that time.
What are some precautions people should take?
If you’re looking into having plastic surgery, make sure you vet your surgeon as well as the practice and make sure that they’re maintaining your safety. The most important thing is your safety, so you want to make sure the person you’re going to is actually a plastic surgeon and — God forbid — if there’s any sort of complication, you want to also make sure that your surgeon has admitting privileges to a hospital. If you have surgery, something goes wrong, and you end up in the hospital you want the person who actually did your surgery to be responsible for your care, because if anybody else has taken care of you they do not have that vested interest.