Aesthetic surgery is a branch of medicine concerned with the surgical correction of congenital processes, acquired or simply regressive, produced by the ageing process. It uses techniques such as transplant and mobilization of tissues, and the applying of inert material to achieve the reparation or reposition of superficial structures affecting the shape and body functions. Before we subject ourselves to a plastic surgery intervention, we must clarify some doubts that, because of extreme prudence or worry, often remain unresolved and can generate insecurity and lack of confidence, determining factors not recommended to make this sort of decision.
The first approach to surgery and the surgeon is usually through the experiences of acquaintances and relatives who have undertaken similar operations or treatments. It can also happen through other medics, either the family doctor, the gynaecologist or other specialists able to provide references. Well-known medical centres can also offer a listing of their plastic surgery professionals. There are also professional associations that can inform you whether a professional is qualified or not.
This is the most important step in all the process, because it is here where the basis of a fluent dialog –and confidentiality- is settled with the surgeon, which is fundamental to achieve the desired goals.We must explain the surgeon our motivation, wishes and small obsessions in all sincerity. It’s preferable to make things clear from the beginning rather than becoming frustrated after the intervention without reaching the desired expectations.
The suitable patient is the one who fulfills the following requirements:
1. He/she knows perfectly what he/she wants
2. Has a strong concept of self image
3. Is well aware of the expectations of change
On the other hand, patients not suitable for surgery can be grouped in:
1. Patients in crisis. People who try to substitute their problems through surgery (they attribute their failures to a physical defect)
2. Patients with unrealistic expectations. They whish to equal a part of their bodies to the one on a celebrity, model or artist, in the belief that this way they will acquire their lifestyles
3. Patients impossible to please. They are those who consult one surgeon after another seeking what they want to hear
4. Patients obsessed with a small defect. They believe that once the defect solved, their life would be perfect. They are usually perfectionists and demanding for specific results, often impossible to achieve
5. Patients with mental problems. They are equally not suitable for this sort of intervention