Plastic Surgery 101

Beware of that frozen look

Q. Last night when I was out to dinner I ran into someone I knew and could not recognize her. As I was looking at her I asked myself: What does a duck, a chipmunk, and a windswept look have in common?

A. And the answer is … things that belong in nature, not on human faces. This particular person looked like a caricature of herself. She has had so many injectables put in her face and had a facelift that she looked unrecognizable. The only thing that was recognizable, and barely at that, was her spouse, who also had way too much surgery!

Plastic surgery and non-invasive procedures were developed to enhance one's looks. In this modern day of plastic surgery enhancements, the act has become perverted. Patients often don't remember what they look like and are too scared to stop doing what they're doing because they might not look good! So how does a person protect themselves from themselves and eager doctors (after all, the more they do, the more they make)?

Before you start doing any procedure, take a baseline picture of your self (a selfie). By having a picture you'll know what you started with. If your physician is recommending four and five syringes of product, get a second opinion. On rare occasions, it's necessary, but rare!

Ask your close friends for advice (assuming they are not already looking weird). Just because your friends are doing it, doesn't mean you need it at the present time. By reading this column you would think that I'm against plastic surgery and non-surgical enhancements, but I am not. I like looking at people who look normal with enhanced looks and not looking like someone else with caricature-like anatomy. My patients know what I'm capable of doing and fortunately they appreciate that. It is very important that you choose a physician whom you feel confident with and will guide you through your aging process so that you look and feel better to enjoy your life.

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Dr. Carlos Wolf is a partner in Miami Plastic Surgery and is board certified. Email your questions to him at:

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