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Dr. Alexis Parcells Breaks Down 3 Common Challenges in Plastic Surgery

Dr. Alexis Parcells (ascend 40)

Over the years, the global interest in plastic surgery has been on the rise.

Dr. Alexis Parcells is a renowned board-certified plastic surgeon, clinical instructor at RWJ Barnabas Health, and an advocate for women's health empowerment. She is also an active volunteer in breast cancer organizations, and the Founder of Sunnie Skin, a skincare studio. Dr. Parcells has recently launched Brave Bras, a website to help and educate breast cancer survivors and patients.

To Dr. Parcells, plastic surgery is about transforming the lives of her patient. Growing up, she was always passionate about serving people. After her first volunteer mission with Operation Smile in Morocco, she returned with a greater reason and motivation to become a plastic surgeon. She is known for her strong engagement in the plastic surgery community. She has authored various textbooks and journal articles. Her original research has been presented at various national and international meetings in Brussels, Paris, Madrid, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City.

Along the way, Dr. Parcells has encountered many challenges, some of which are common in plastic surgery.

She shares the common challenges in plastic surgery and how things can be better.

• Stigma

Even though plastic surgery procedures have become more popular, both plastic surgeons and patients still face stigma. A common stereotype is that plastic surgery patients are normally people who desperately try to conform to the world's beauty standards. Dr. Parcells says this affects the patient's self-esteem, with some feeling guilty for going through the procedures. Currently, there is a lot of judgment around cosmetic procedures and Dr. Parcells aims to empower her patients by creating a culture of positivity around plastic surgery.

• Inexperienced/Fake doctors

With the increased popularity of plastic surgery, there has been a rise in inexperienced/fake doctors. Dr. Parcells stresses the importance of ensuring your surgeon is Board-Certified to avoid botched procedures. A plastic surgeon carries out a wide range of surgical procedures. Therefore, it is necessary to be extensively trained. Dr. Parcells notes the rise in unqualified doctors is slowly destroying the trust in plastic surgeons. To rebuild the trust, she says that people should investigate the experience and reputation of the plastic surgeon.

• Unrealistic expectations

Some patients have unrealistic expectations. Dr. Alexis Parcells (@alexisparcellsmd) says that a surgeon should take the time to explain to patients what is possible and what is not. A consultation with patients helps understand the patient's goals and for the patient to know the risks involved and if the results they are looking for are achievable. Dr. Parcells educates her patients and gives them the most up-to-date information on the procedures so that they can make informed decisions for themselves.

For a better understanding of plastic surgery and to overcome the common challenges, Dr. Parcells insists both patients and surgeons work together and encourages them to have an open mindset. People commit to plastic surgeries for various reasons. Whatever their reasons are, instead of judging them and making them feel ashamed, we should embrace their choices.

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