Deciding on what surgery and which surgeon
You must be in the driver seat of your own transformation. What this really means, do your homework first. This includes having the clarity of what you really want and why you want it. Then you must deiced what information you need and be able to safely determine is this information believable and reliable. Unfortunately there is too much misinformation on the internet that will guide you in the wrong way from false expectations and wrong surgeries. The its about finding the right doc. Understand that accolades or credentials are not enough and too many people rely on that solely (including the doctor). Experience, personality and quality of character count for most of the best results. Can the doctor deliver what you want and have you had the honest conversation about limitations, risk and responsibilities. Finally, your doctor needs to understand how you make decisions and then helps you make the right one – even if it means going somewhere else.
Questions to ask and answers to consider
1. The most important question is: What do you want to feel at the completion of the process?
Many will focus on how they are feeling now and what they don’t like. In fact, feelings of shame and guilt may also come up thinking that that having plastic surgery is too vain.
Nothing is further from the truth, wanting to improve yourself is a good thing when done intelligently. Too much, however, may not be such a good thing – so be mindful of that.
Most importantly – you have to know what you really want to feel at the completion of the process because in not knowing that, how will you decide if it was a success?
I have also seen great results and the patient is still unhappy (usually for other reasons) but blames the surgeon.
Decide what you want to feel and what will it take to get there!
Is the surgeon and their team trying to impress and sell or are they truly concerned about my goals?
I would like to think that all doctors would be best suited for your personal needs – but it’s not true for many reasons. One may simply be that the doctor is not particularly skilled in the type of surgery you want. I for one specifically have chosen not to perform nose surgeries as I believe they are the most difficult and you will want someone who truly specializes in that field. It’s a complicate surgery and requires a hyper focus on that particular type of surgery.
I have myself trained at some of the best institutions but that never guarantees ability or empathy towards the patient. Having an expensive interior of the office or dressed in flashy clothes, albeit welcoming at times, does not predict your outcome.
Your primary job is to feel comfortable that the doctor and his team listens, hears and takes all the time to help you get all the right education in order for you to make the right decision. Too often they may tell you that a certain surgery is not applicable for you, this might be a sign that they cannot perform it. That’s ok, but you must still find out what is best for you.
I believe in many situations; a breast augmentation can be performed through the armpit and yet many of my colleagues claim it is a bad surgery. Bad one for them for sure but the patient should be able to decide what is best for them.