Cosmetic Surgeons: Sculptors, Not Magicians

In this business of making people beautiful, patients should bear in mind that cosmetic surgeons are sculptors and not magicians — they can do wonders with what they have, but can’t make something out of nothing. While a Beverly Hills face lift may do wonders for a patient’s looks, the patient should maintain realistic expectations.

It’s very important to keep it real. A patient who smokes and has sun-damaged skin shouldn’t expect to come out of a facelift looking like a supermodel. Another with a crooked nose will emerge from a rhinoplasty with a better version of her old nose, not with one that resembles that of Julia Roberts.What happens when expectations are far beyond what the cosmetic surgeon can deliver? Patients become unhappy, dissatisfied, and develop self-esteem issues. They believe their appearance is beyond improvement. The surgeon is in a position to steer the patient in a better direction if he/she senses the work is being done to cover up a deeper issue. A little advice on the side wouldn’t hurt. Competent surgeons should pay close attention to the patient’s mental well-being as much as the physical.

Patients should be educated about the limitations of the procedure as well as risks (if any). The procedure’s success would depend greatly on the patient’s anatomy, genetics, and general health. In short, the patient has to be prepared for anything. With the skills of a certified cosmetic surgeon and the right frame of mind, everyone comes out looking like a winner.

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