Dr. Tamy M. Faierman
Founder of the Tamy M. Faierman Holistic Spa and Wellness Center
In medicine today, the concepts of a holistic practice and of integrative medicine are growing in virtually all fields for physicians. As traditional medical practices include more complementary therapies, the question that becomes natural to ask in my specialty is: How does cosmetic surgery fit into a world of holistic medicine? It’s a great question and here is how I see it.
As a plastic surgeon, I have always applied a holistic and integrative approach to my patients. It just stems from my thinking that we should not treat everything with just medications or medical procedures. Given my perspective, several years ago I incorporated the same perspective with my patients.
Patients today are striving to take better care of themselves both internally and externally and with modern medical technology and aesthetics, cosmetic surgery is here to stay. So how do I take a holistic approach to surgery with my patients? I often use techniques to complement procedures with natural preparations and post-surgical healing strategies. The art of practicing holistic plastic surgery is not just in the medical procedure itself, but also in the way patients prepare for procedures and how they take care of themselves when healing.
What does that really mean? I encourage my patients to begin preparing four weeks prior to surgery. A prep could include working with a nutritionist for weight loss, using lymphatic drainage for swelling and bruising, meditating for stress reduction, and IV therapy and homeopathic medicine pre- and post-surgery, all intended to improve overall healing. How I approach each patient differs, but my experience over the years is that using complementary therapies usually results in a quicker, less painful healing experience. Getting the mind and the body working together prior to surgery helps my patients heal after surgery.
Our office is always proactive in introducing these integrative approaches to both pre-surgery treatments as well as for healing. Using these techniques as an adjunct to cosmetic surgery procedures sets any plastic surgery practice apart. The key to achieving the best results still lies in taking the same big picture holistic approach, body, mind and soul.