Cosmetic surgery, along with plastic surgery, is one of the two surgical branches that share the same goals and principles. Its main objective is to reshape and redesign various forms and parts of the body that have been imperfect from the birth or have been altered due to various physical injuries or conditions.
The various techniques used in cosmetic surgery apply and follow the same rules and principles as any other surgical procedure. It necessitates the same level of care, caution, expertise and experience. Many would say that it requires an even greater deal of caution and care since it is distinguished by its voluntary nature, as opposed to the somewhat compulsory nature of plastic surgery or other surgical procedures.
Motives and expectations
There is an interesting and long-studied relationship between cosmetic surgery and psychology. This relationship is a constant one and puts emphasis on taking into account the reasons and motivations that one might have when considering a cosmetic surgery procedure. Failing to properly study and analyze the expectations and motivations of a patient can have a disastrous effect on the outcome of the procedure. On the other hand, properly analyzing them usually leads to excellent results. While cosmetic surgery can substantially improve one’s appearance and with that, his/her confidence and self-esteem, nobody should expect a cosmetic surgery to fix all of their life’s issues, though it can substantially improve the quality of life.
A good relationship
The quality of a cosmetic surgeon reflects in his/her technical competence, as well as his/her willingness to establish a good relationship with his/her patients. A good surgeon is supposed to carefully listen to the patients, properly analyze their motives and expectations and provide solid and accurate information in regards to the achievable outcomes and the possible consequences of the procedure. A surgeon must also know how to appropriately refuse or, if necessary, postpone a procedure in case there is a high possibility of some adverse effects occurring during or after the procedure.
How to choose one
The first requirement every cosmetic surgeon should meet is a good education. A guarantee of good education includes the Specialist qualification in Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, issued and recognized by the Institutions of Physicians. A qualification such as this requires the completion of several years of specialized studies at one the Universities in the country, as well as sufficient training in cosmetic surgery procedures in one of the hospitals. It is very important to check a surgeon’s educational background because recent studies have shown that, among thousands of cosmetic surgery practitioners, only a couple of hundreds of them possess all the necessary qualifications to practice cosmetic surgery.
The best way to check whether a surgeon has all the qualifications and sufficient experience is to contact relevant organizations and institutions, to investigate his/her background.
Before any cosmetic surgery procedure, a surgeon should provide all the information and advice on the procedure itself, as well as an objective estimate, and obtain the patient’s written consent. This type of surgery falls into the category of elective surgeries and as such is not covered by social and health agencies. However, some cosmetic procedures can be considered as reconstructive procedures, such as the correction of prominent ears, or breast reduction, in case the breasts cause severe back pain. In such cases, these procedures are covered by social security.