Most of us have heard the phrase ‘everything should be done in moderation’ and it’s generally a good mantra to live by. It’s fine to dabble in things that have the potential to change our lives or the way we live them, but this is essentially saying, don’t push it too far. This sensible approach is true for many things in life, including cosmetic surgery – a little bit here and there is absolutely fine, but some people can become inclined to push it too far, and this is where we need to be mindful of warning signs.
There is now a much more comprehensive understanding that “repeated surgeries can put enormous pressure on the bodies of patients; so a problem that begins in the mirror can end in real physical trauma”. It’s all about getting the balance right, between wanting to look and feel better, and putting your body under unnecessary pressures.
Responsibility of the medical experts
It is our firm belief that in assessing the needs and wants of a patient, it is the responsibility of the medical experts to ensure that patients are making choices for the right reasons and within sensible parameters.
A reputable cosmetic surgeon will act in the best interests of the patients, and if they are concerned that the patient is asking for too much, has unrealistic expectations or is motivated by something that is causing concern, they will not progress with the surgery/treatments until they are fully satisfied that it is the right thing to do.
Reassuringly, treatments that are available nowadays have improved significantly over the years. Both surgical and non-surgical techniques have developed and improved over time, and we now have a heightened understanding about the effect these surgeries and treatments have on the body. Part of this lies with the heightened skills and training of the practitioners, which is why it is so important to see a reputable surgeon when you are planning on undergoing cosmetic surgery.
There are two important questions to ask when considering going under the knife, and the answers will be indicative of the integrity of the surgeon:
- Can I have this done?
- Should I have this done?
The answer to the first question is easy, the answer to the second question shouldn’t be. There are many factors that influence whether or not you are suitable to undergo cosmetic surgery. Be reassured that a high calibre practitioner will wish to explore your suitability in depth before agreeing to carry out any type of surgery. A greater degree of questioning should offer the reassurance that your chosen surgeon is following diligent procedures, and not being led by the patient.