Thinking about going under the knife, but not sure when the best time for plastic surgery may be? The fall and winter months are some of the most popular times for plastic surgery, so you may want to book a consultation now. Here are some reasons why:

1. Recovery is easier
Many people are hesitant to undergo procedures like breast augmentation, breast revision surgery, body contouring, or a tummy tuck, because of the time it takes to recover. Unfortunately, there’s not much of a way around this issue, unless you choose a non-surgical procedure like Botox injections or microdermabrasion. However, if you are going to be taking it easy and mainly indoors for a few days, the cold, winter months might be a better choice. And, once you are able to go outside and move around again, wearing layers of clothes or accessories to hide any post-surgery garments, dressings or scars would be completely normal.
2. A great reason for a “staycation”
Do you know people who take time off to do things around town and spend some much deserved time relaxing in their homes? If you have a stressful job or life and have been thinking about having a procedure, this could be the perfect opportunity to have a “staycation” and recover. Being close to home means your doctor is accessible for follow-ups visits and you have your family and friends around to help. Medical tourism to plastic surgery hot spots, like Los Angeles or Miami, might be tempting, but could create complications if it involves airplane flights and lack of follow-up care.
3. The gift of beauty and care
For many, the holidays are the best part of the winter season. It’s not uncommon to hear of couples giving each other the gift of plastic surgery as a present. Many times mothers and daughters will go in for a skin treatment or Botox together. Even if you don’t get a trip to the plastic surgeon’s office as a gift from someone else, there’s no reason you can’t treat yourself. After all of the chaos that the holiday shopping season brings, it’s great to give yourself a little treat to help minimize stress.

If you are thinking of a procedure or would like to gift a friend or relative, be sure to contact our office at (817) 473-2120 to get more information. The winter holidays will be brighter for everyone when safety is a top priority.  Please also visit our website at

describe the imageDr. Mark Bishara is Harvard Fellowship trained in Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
If you are one of millions considering cosmetic or plastic surgery, then you may want to review this list, and check it off before having a procedure. Here is a list that can help you prepare before your procedure and during your consultation.
Make sure you do your homework to better understand the benefits, know what to expect from the procedure, recovery time, and associated complications and risks.
Research your surgeon: review plenty of before and after picture of patient cases, and look for consistent outcomes. Make sure your surgeon is experienced, qualified and certified to perform your procedure.
Develop realistic expectations: it is important for patients to have realistic expectations. Discuss your goals in detail with your surgeon to understand what you should expect, anticipated downtime and side effects to reduce disappointing results.
Medical history and evaluation in advance: share your medical history, medications and any health issues in advance. Some surgeries require blood work, and medical imaging results to make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Associated Fees: Cost is a big issue for most patients. Find out if the fee is all inclusive. Anesthesia can make a difference, depending on if the surgeon is using a local or general anesthetic to perform the surgery. Also, most procedures are “outpatient” surgeries performed in accredited surgical suites, within the surgeon’s office or clinic.
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Here is a list of questions to ask during your consultation:

  • Are you licensed in the state where the procedure is being performed?
  • How many of these procedures have you performed?
  • Do you have hospital and/or surgery center privileges? Is your facility accredited?
  • Am I a good candidate for the procedure?
  • What are the possible risks and side effects?
  • What technique would you recommend to get optimum results?
  • How long will the surgery take and what can I expect during the recovery process?
  • How much time should I take off work?
  • How much will the procedure cost, total? Do you have finance options and payment plans?
  • Do I have the right physical features to get the desired results from this procedure?
  • Do you provide detailed instructions to follow, before and after the procedure and in the case of an emergency?

Cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures are a big step. To get the best from this experience, patients who do their homework, ask the right questions and develop realistic expectations are happiest with their results.
Please call the office of Dr. Mark Bishara and The Paragon Med Spa and we would be happy to discuss any questions you may have regarding cosmetic surgery.  Our phone number is (817) 473-2120 or please click on the button below.

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Not so long ago, when a person went in for a cosmetic procedure, the entire procedure was kept under wraps as much as possible.  Though people speculated about whether or not someone they knew had had “work done”, rarely were such things discussed openly in public or even in privacy with friends.
But cosmetic procedures have changed a lot over the years. There are more technologically advanced procedures available today that require a lot less of a financial commitment and significantly less recovery time. The advent of Botox and other injectables and a variety of non-invasive liposuction options have made cosmetic procedures much more accessible and much more appealing to a wider range of people. As a result, more and more people are having cosmetic procedures performed and more and more people are also talking about their procedures more openly. at. Dr. Mark Bishara’s office we strive to help patients feel confident about their cosmetic procedures.
Though more people are admitting to having some sort of work done to cosmetically enhance their appearance, it is generally considered rude to ask another person about cosmetic procedures point-blank.  Many people will talk about their cosmetic procedures if they feel comfortable about it, but asking about it considered to be a social faux pas.  These days, patients are aiming to create natural looking cosmetic changes and when people notice the work that’s been done (and come right out and say it), this can be perceived as an insult.  And what if your friend or coworker hasn’t had any cosmetic procedures performed? Asking could make the person in question feel good about the way they look, or it could make them wonder if they need to consider a cosmetic procedure. Either way, you run the risk of putting your foot in your mouth.
One of the reasons why people change the way they look it because changing one’s appearance alters people’s reaction to their appearance.  It’s considered extremely rude to ask a person about whether or not they’ve had cosmetic procedures performed. It is best to let them confess to the procedure by their own volition.
If you suspect someone has had cosmetic enhancements, give them a compliment about their appearance. If that person wants to tell you about their cosmetic procedure, they’ll find an appropriate time or place to do so. Otherwise, you’ll just have to wonder. Remember, cosmetic surgery is not what it used to be and many people do end up spilling the beans. The whole point of cosmetic surgery is to make noticeable changes in one’s appearance and since approximately 9 million people in the United States underwent some kind of cosmetic procedure in 2011, many people feel like it’s counterproductive to keep their procedure a secret.  Rather than be secretive, many patients opt to clear the air and take pride in their renovated appearance. After all, who isn’t having work done these days?
To learn more about the minimally invasive and surgical cosmetic procedures that Dr. Bishara’s office offers, please call out office at (817) 473-2120.