Cosmetic Procedures

Houston Cosmetic Surgeon – Aesthetic Surgery

Many people choose aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery to give themselves added confidence in social or work situations, a psychological boost, or simply to help them look as young as they feel. Often, improving a feature of your face or body will enhance your self-image, and that can help you make positive changes in many areas of your life. Having realistic expectations about cosmetic surgery increases the likelihood that you will be happy with the results.

Since 1985, Alfonso Barrera, MD, has been one of Houston’s most prominent and respected plastic surgeons. He is exclusively dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in plastic surgery. Dr. Barrera’s main objective is to achieve a result that is not only attractive but looks natural.

Cosmetic Procedures with Dr. Barrera

Dr. Barrera is proud to offer the following cosmetic procedures to patients in Houston, Texas, and other areas.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Procedures?

Ideal candidates for cosmetic procedures are adults who are in overall good health, non-smokers, and free from any underlying health conditions that may complicate recovery from a surgical procedure. Candidates for cosmetic procedures must maintain realistic expectations regarding the appearance of their results.

If you are someone who has diabetes or high blood pressure, you may still qualify for a cosmetic procedure if these conditions can be stabilized. However, you must be cleared for cosmetic procedures by your primary doctor.

Who Should Not Get a Cosmetic Procedure?

Although cosmetic procedures are safe and effective, they are not meant for everyone. Even if a cosmetic procedure is minimally invasive, there are still a number of health conditions that may prevent you from being an eligible candidate. You may not be a qualified candidate for a cosmetic procedure if you:

  • Are currency pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have an active skin infection
  • Are taking prescribed medications that may interfere with your surgery
  • Have an underlying health condition that may increase the risk of complications during your surgery and recovery
  • Have unrealistic expectations regarding the results of your procedure
  • You are overweight or far from your goal weight (for some cosmetic procedures)
  • Have an unstable mental state
  • Have body dysmorphia
  • Still want to have children
  • Are a smoker and unwilling to quit for the duration of your procedure and recovery

Myths and Misconceptions About Cosmetic Procedures

Although cosmetic procedures are a popular way to achieve aesthetic goals, there are still many myths and misconceptions that people may assume about them. The following misconceptions are untrue:

Cosmetic procedures are always dangerous.

Under the care of a skilled surgeon like Dr. Alfonso Barrera, your cosmetic procedure should not be a dangerous surgery.

Cosmetic procedures always leave scars.

While scarring may be inevitable for some cosmetic procedures, most procedures that involve incisions may not leave behind visible scars.

Removed fat will return after cosmetic surgery.

Targeted fat that is removed during liposuction or any other cosmetic treatments involving the removal of excess skin will not return.

Cosmetic procedures are for rich people.

Cosmetic procedures can be financed through a number of affordable options. We are happy to work with every patient to find the best financing option for you.

Cosmetic procedures will last forever.

While results from some cosmetic procedures are intended to last a lifetime, these procedures will not stop the natural aging process from happening. However, with a balanced lifestyle and good habits, your results will keep you looking youthful for a long period of time.

What Is Recovery Like After a Cosmetic Procedure?

The recovery experience after a cosmetic procedure will vary from patient to patient. However, most patients recovering from a cosmetic procedure need up to two weeks to achieve a full recovery. By this point, most incisions should be healed, fluid will be drained, and you can return to your normal routines. If you undergo a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, your recovery time may be much shorter than two weeks.

Common side effects such as pain while moving, tenderness, and swelling are common. During your recovery, it’s essential you stick to the aftercare guidelines Dr. Barrera gives you to avoid complications during your healing process.

What Are the Benefits of a Cosmetic Procedure?

Now more than ever, men and women alike are able to achieve their aesthetic goals thanks to cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic procedures, when performed by a skilled surgeon, can provide natural-looking, aesthetic results that can provide the following benefits:

  • A more youthful appearance
  • Eliminating signs of aging
  • Facial symmetry
  • Facial balancing
  • More defined, contoured features
  • Restoring lost volume
  • Eliminating facial insecurities
  • Improving the skin laxity
  • An increase in self-confidence

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in cosmetic procedures and are ready to begin your journey to your dream appearance, contact us today. Dr. Alfonso Barrera provides excellent, personalized care, allowing you to achieve your aesthetic goals. Schedule a consultation to find out which cosmetic procedure is right for you by clicking here or calling (713) 468-5200 to reach our office location in Houston, TX.