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Managing Expectations with Cosmetic Surgery

Posted on December 5, 2016

MyBreast expert surgeons share their insights into managing patient expectations when it comes to cosmetic surgery.

During the consultation, your consultant plastic surgeon will take your full medical history to establish your exact requirements for cosmetic surgery, establishing which areas(s) require correction or improvement. There may be one or a few issues that need addressing and these may be either related, or alternatively involve different areas of the body.

In addition, they will take details of any previous cosmetic or other surgical procedures and any other medical conditions or medication.

The consultant will then perform a detailed examination of the relevant area(s) to establish the extent of correction/augmentation. This may include taking several detailed measurements and photographs.

They will then advise you as to which cosmetic procedure would best address the area of concern, or provide a few different options, weighing the advantages and disadvantages for each procedure and recommend which would be best suited to you. This may depend on your extent of correction needed, age and general medical condition, or elements of both.

The consultant will give an indication of the results that are likely to be achieved, including showing photographs of similar cases, the risks involved and any requests that he/she may feel are difficult or unlikely to be achievable.

Ideally you should spend time considering this advice before deciding whether to progress with surgery or select a treatment course. You may return to see the consultant for a second consultation to discuss some aspects of surgery further or to re-discuss surgical options.

In certain cases, the surgeon may feel a patient request is unrealistic or unlikely to be achievable. This may be due to certain technical aspects of the case, the underlying general medical condition or age of the patient, the extent of previous cosmetic surgery or a combination of these factors. In this situation, they may recommend a different, safer procedure and give an opinion on what type of result could be achieved, or advise avoiding surgery in certain cases.

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