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When considering plastic surgery, are we always realistic with expectation?

Plastic surgery patients expectation are sometimes too unrealistic

Many patients are quite excited when they come for consultation. For many, it is the end of a rightly long decision making process than leads them eventually to our door. However, one of the most critical parts of the consultation process is to endeavour to manage and find the patients expectations of the outcome of their plastic surgery or treatment. Some patients arrive with pictures of a nose or body they would like. Some describe celebrities they would like a part of their body to look like. Our job is to manage their expectation. There is nothing worse for the patient or for us than to feel disappointed with the outcome of their surgery or treatment. This is precisely why a realistic outcome has to be expected.

Plastic surgery is sometimes likened to art. The surgeons skill is to finely tune the patients features to make sure they look better than before but not necessarily different. Many people will walk past you today who have had surgery, we would like to think most you will not spot! At Unique Surgery we hold plastic surgery clinics in Reading and the wider Berkshire region. If we feel a patient simply has unrealistic goals or expectations as to what can be achieved, we will decline to operate. The opposite approach can often lead to deep dissatisfaction which benefits no-one.

For treatments such as Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) and Liposuction, treatments we have performed many, many times, Mr Dickinson is able to give a good idea of what can be expected. If this does not match the patients ideas, we will always try to lower the expectation so a good outcome can be reached that the patient is delighted with.

In this day of celebrity culture, it is easy for patients to get carried away with ideas of what they want. You should never feel pressurised into having surgery, you should always see a well qualified surgeon in person for a relaxed, non rushed consultation. You should always then give it further thought for two weeks after the consultation…what we call a cooling off period. These are standards that are advised in the interests of patient welfare which we adhere to at Unique Surgery.

For a consultation with us, please call 01753 665434 or visit our website at www.berkshireplasticsurgery.co.uk