In previous 2 articles, these "myths" were presented: -
- Myth 1: All cosmetic surgeons are real plastic surgeons.
- Myth 2: All plastic surgeons are the same and have the same skillset.
- Myth 3: It’s rude to ask plastic surgeons tough questions about their experiences and expertise, and unseemly to ask for before and after photos of previous patients. It is also demeaning to ask to speak to a plastic surgeon’s previous patients, or request for another doctor’s contact for a second opinion.
- Myth 4: All information about plastic surgery can be found online.
- Myth 5: Plastic surgery makes you look like a totally different person and it’ll be obvious to everyone that you’ve gone under the knife.
- Myth 6: Physical modifications brought upon by plastic surgery are difficult to reverse.
Myth 7: All plastic surgeons more or less charge the same fee for most surgical procedures.
Dr. Soma, Dr. Yeo and Dr. Dilip consider this assertion to be inaccurate. As divulged by Dr. Soma and Dr. Yeo, surgical fees vary based on a plastic surgeon’s experience, the hospital where he or she practices, and his or her expertise. In instances where surgeons practice in more premium facilities, higher fees will translate into a much pricier overall bill. In addition, prices will also increase according to the doctor’s experience and expertise in that specific surgery. Even in the same patient, different surgeons may recommend different procedures when reaching the same endpoint.
Dr. Yeo and Dr. Soma advise against this. “Patients who bring photographs of celebrities with certain features may not have realistic expectations of what can be achieved, as each individual has different anatomical features,” Dr. Yeo states.
Dr. Soma, on the other hand, simply chooses to not operate on such patients altogether. He explains, “Patients – especially those who want lid or nose augmentations – come in with images and request for lids or noses to look precisely like the photos in hand. When patients demand for minute and exact measurements, it’s practically impossible for surgeons to achieve good results because expectations are way too high.” According to the seasoned surgeon, patients should always maintain reasonable expectations because the body – unlike cement or wood – has the propensity to stretch, pull and swell. For example, tissues at a length of 2.5 cm can expand to 3.5 cm due to swelling and once oedema subsides, skin can shrink back down. Surgical outcomes are inconstant, involve guess work and boil down to the surgeon’s experience, Dr. Soma reminds. “If patients bring images of desired outcomes, I will instead show them before and after photos of what I’ve done and also ensure they understand unreasonable expectations can’t be met,” he concludes.
Conversely, Dr. Dilip has no problems with clients conveying images of what they want. Despite encouraging this act, he still tells them that results are never guaranteed or even predictable. In any case, Dr. Dilip believes that images will help him better understand expectations and should such outcomes be unrealistic, in-depth consultations would be the best time to make patients aware of this.