Reasonable Expectations Necessary for Minimally Invasive Procedures
You've heard the promises made about how much Botox or Restylane can do for the sagging, wrinkled skin of your face, and, when you consider that these procedures can be over and done in less than thirty minutes, it seems there's absolutely no reason not to do it.
However, it's important to remember that a cosmetic surgery procedure can only have an impact as deep as its invasion, and if you want to see great results, you may have to go through a little bit of pain, suffering, and down time.
Experts Urge Education, Downplay of Benefits
In an interview with Cosmetic Surgery Times , several plastic surgeons urged doctors to make sure their patients were adequately educated about the impact of Cosmetic Surgery Procedures . Doctors say that sometimes patients request procedures completely inappropriate to address their concerns. In such a case, they recommend educating their procedures.
Even more important, they say, is to lower expectations. Dr. Rhoda Narins, for example, said, "It's always best not only to be honest with a patient, but also to underplay [expectations], because then they're happy with the results." Going even farther, Dr. Brian Biesman of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said, "If patients are not willing to accept the possibility that they may see only a modest improvement, then I'm more than happy to let them walk out."
Dr. Narins also pointed out that "the media is always a year ahead," in promoting untested advances that most likely never pan out, but inspiring a host of people to come in and demand such-and-such miracle treatment.
Some doctors even go so far as to have their patients sign a release acknowledging what they cannot expect from their minimally-invasive treatment.
The Hallmark of a Good Doctor
In choosing a plastic surgeon, then, this is a good standard: if the doctor promises you the moon, or will give you anything you ask for, run. But if your doctor is cautiously optimistic, and uses his or her expert knowledge to suggest procedures directed at your concerns, procedures that are directly relevant and likely to address those concerns, you know you've found a good one. If you'd like to start finding a good one, consult the Cosmetic Surgery Directory, which can get you in touch with a qualified doctor in your area.