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Being Realistic When Pursuing Cosmetic Surgery

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Being Realistic When Pursuing Cosmetic Surgery
June 17
09:38 2016

Article Highlights

  • Patients with realistic expectations are always happier and more satisfied with their plastic surgery than patients who expect to look like someone they never were
  • There is a “complex interplay of factors” that a patient should take into consideration
  • Younger patients often require a different operation than older ones, even if they have the same concern or complaint

Reasonable Expectations

Many of us have wished at some point or another to look like someone else. Perhaps, you have dreamed about having the legs of a supermodel, the generous bust of a pin-up girl or the face of a modern day celebrity goddess. Maybe this desire was fleeting, and maybe you only wanted to substitute a feature or two with another individual. Dreaming about looking like someone else is one thing, but actually seeking cosmetic procedures to transform yourself into a completely different person is quite another.

When it comes to plastic surgeries, it is advisable to always aspire to look like the best version of yourself. Dr. Frank Lista, founder and director of The Plastic Surgery Clinic in Toronto, believes it’s not a good idea to operate on patients who want to look like someone else, as this is not an achievable goal and the patient will never be happy with the results.

“Patients with realistic expectations are always happier and more satisfied with their plastic surgery than patients who expect to look like someone they never were,” he noted. “We want our patients to look like an improved version of themselves. If we are doing facial surgery, we want them to look like themselves, just rested or a little younger. If we are doing body or breast surgery, we often try to make them look like themselves, except better – perhaps, like they did before they had children or before they had a large weight fluctuation.”

Dr. Lista mentioned that before undergoing any operation, there is a “complex interplay of factors” that a patient should take into consideration, such as their desires and whether the surgery can actually meet their goals, along with how far they are willing to go in regards to the extent of their surgery, as certain procedures are more expensive, carry higher risks or require patients to take more time off than others. In addition, doctors will consider physical factors, such as the patient’s anatomy, the quality of tissues, the severity of the issue requiring correction, and the condition of their skin and muscles, along with their age.

“Younger patients often require a different operation than older ones, even if they have the same concern or complaint. For example, a young woman who wants a flatter tummy may need something totally different than an older woman with the same request or complaint.”

 

When debating whether to pursue a procedure, the long-term effects of the operation should be considered, as these are the things that stay with the patient for life.

“Every operation has long-term and short-term effects,” Dr. Lista clarified. “Short-term effects are limited and usually go away with time. Long-term effects are usually permanent. Patients need to decide if they are willing to live with these long-term effects. For example, if you are having breast surgery, will you be able to breast feed or have mammograms? If you are having tummy tuck surgery, will you ever be able to have another baby? These are the type of long-term effects that patients need to discuss with their surgeon.”

In order to ensure a satisfying result post-procedure, it is also important that you are aware of what your expectations truly are and can communicate them clearly to your surgeon.

“Expectations are one of the most important considerations for patients undergoing surgery,” Dr. Lista said.

He emphasized that a plastic surgeon will try to meet their patient’s goals. Furthermore, selecting the right surgeon for you is vital, stated Dr. Lista. In addition to verifying that a prospective doctor is a board-certified specialist in plastic surgery with a good track record, make sure the surgeon will be there for you if you have a complication and need to get a hold of them. Will they let you speak to other patients who have had a similar surgery? Is this someone you like and trust to take good care of you? Before going into any plastic surgery, manage your expectations by striving for excellence, not perfection. This is a much more sound path to satisfaction.

“Perfection is impossible,” maintained Dr. Lista. “Perfection is always our goal, but plastic surgery isn’t about making someone perfect. We can’t make a 50-year-old look 20 again, but we can make her look better, younger and fitter.”


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