“On the other hand, to judge the success or failure based on her social circle's interpretations of the work is a dangerous idea and should be avoided,” said Dr.Sompob Sansiri, lead plastic surgeon at SP Cosmetic Surgery Center.
We have addressed the danger of having a surgery performed because a lover or husband wants it done. This particular article addresses the potential reactions of people after a surgery has been done.
Ultimately, the judge of whether a cosmetic procedure was successful or not should be the patient herself, not her circle of friends. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and that includes opinions about the way a person looks or carries herself. But just as the patient who has an operation done is ultimately the person who will have to deal with the recuperative process and not a peer, so too will that patient, and not anyone else, have to live with the after-effects of that procedure on a day-to-day basis. Since cosmetic procedures are usually visible in some way or another to the world at large, these opinions will undoubtedly arise from time to time, both in positive and negative ways. On the other hand the decision to have a procedure performed is difficult enough; to do so a second or third time because of passing social commentary creates undue complicaitons and stresses that the surgery was meant to alleviate in the first place.
Parrying outside opinion about a given procedure is part of why so much importance has been placed upon the consultation process. Because of the necessary strain placed upon the body, the complexity of a given procedure, and the long-term effects of that procedure on the prospective patient, great care is taken in deciding the types and extents of procedures performed. The goal is to make sure that a given cosmetic procedure needs happen only once so that, first of all, as little strain is put on the patient's body as possible and, second of all, that that patient gets exactly what she wants in terms of the way her body looks after the procedure is done. As long as she's takent he time to consider exactly what sort ad how involved a procedure she'd like to have, has consulted carefully with her physician before the procedure takes place, and that that procedure went as planned, there should be no need to have another unless the patient herself wants one and is willing to take the responsibility for the riks involved therein.
There are a sort of people who take great pride in the way others see them and, as such, will go out of their way to seek approval of others after a procedure has taken place. This is understandable, but has to be taken with care as well: hearing one or two snide comments about one's appearance after a cosmetic procedure isn't nearly enough reason to have another done to “correct” the previous procedure. In fact, hearing several negative comments is hardly a justification for further surgery. The issue here becomes not one of quantity, but of quality; even then, the decision isn't that of the patient's social circle, but of the patient's herself.
If the patient has a procedure and, after reviewing its effect with several of her friends and family, is unsatisfied, she's perfectly welcome to revisit her doctor and see what can be done to make adjustments where necessary. She should keep in mind that another procedure will involve the same sort of preparation, precaution and cost as the original procedure, however, and in some cases, the recuperative process will be more involved than the first one. A good doctor will be able to make some adjustments, of course.
“The adjustments should only be made after the patient's decision and the doctor's approval, not as a result of a handful of people who don't have to deal with its consequences except in passing,” added Dr.Sompob Sansiri.
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