Responsible cosmetic surgery and managing expectations

Is there such a thing as too much plastic surgery?

One of the most common issues we see when looking at celebrities is the overuse of cosmetic surgery.

It’s one thing to have a discreet nip and tuck, but it’s quite another to be left looking like a totally different person.

With the likes of TV personality Katie Price recently being featured in the media for her ever changing face, today’s blog is on managing patient expectations.

We ask the question: “Is there such a thing as too much plastic surgery?”

When is it time to undergo cosmetic procedures?

Choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery is an entirely personal choice. It should only be undertaken for the individual, with the sole purpose of improving their self esteem.

If a patient is deemed unsuitable for a procedure, he or she should be turned away by a plastic surgeon. This is especially true if a patient has already undergone extensive cosmetic procedures.

The same should apply if the treatment they seek is deemed inappropriate or unnecessary. This can also be the case for reversing previous work, especially to the face.

How do you manage patient expectations?

One of the most important aspects of the consultation process is managing a patient’s expectations. What can be achieved and how good the results are likely to be is based on medical history and the end goal.

The results are not always as the patient hopes or expects, and it’s important to manage expectations throughout. For some patients, the goal may never be truly realised, and this is especially the case for those with body dysmorphia.

Celebrity case study – Katie Price

A good example of the above is former model Katie Price, who has openly undergone many facial procedures (as well as body procedures) over the years.

Since launching her career twenty years ago, Katie has undergone a dramatic transformation, having chosen to have rhinoplasty surgery, a facelift (despite being under 40), cheek augmentation and many forms of facial fillers and fat transfer.

When we compare her old modelling photographs to her appearance now, it’s hard to see much similarity. Her features have moved and changed beyond recognition is some cases, and she has an appearance that undeniably looks fake.

Too much plastic surgery

Whilst Katie has always been proud of her appearance and doesn’t try to hide the cosmetic surgery overhaul she’s undertaken, her features are now quite distorted and she no longer looks ‘natural’.

This is not the aesthetic generally sought after by patients, and it’s notably one most surgeons would rather avoid.

Too much cosmetic surgery can leave patients looking unnatural – which is the opposite of what it’s designed to achieve.

Making the best choices

The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery ultimately belongs to the individual, however it’s the responsibility of the plastic surgeon to assess suitability and manage expectations.

If you want to know whether you’re a candidate for an anti ageing procedure such as facelift surgery, or you wish to discuss undergoing further procedures to change the face shape such as fat transfer, book a consultation.

Please be aware that if you’re not deemed suitable for a specific procedure, you will not be granted treatment.

Patient safety and wellbeing is paramount and managing expectations is vital.

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