Cosmetic Surgery: Importance of Having Realistic Expectations

Advancements in cosmetic surgical procedures have been known to greatly improve people’s lives by resolving their aesthetic concerns. Nevertheless, it’s important to have realistic expectations about the aesthetic and psychological benefits of the treatments. Two important considerations when you are considering a cosmetic procedure are your candidature and having realistic expectations about what the treatment can achieve. Without the right attitude, you could end up disappointed.

Perfect symmetry, everything looking the way you imagined, no scars after the treatment – these are some of the common unrealistic aesthetic expectations that patients have about the surgical outcome. Of course, a procedure performed by a plastic surgeon with experience in the field can provide impressive results, have a positive impact on your appearance, and improve your self-esteem. However, to expect flawless results would be a gross overestimation.

For example, if your nose doesn’t go well with your facial looks, a skilled surgeon with expertise in rhinoplasty can change the size and shape of your nose for greater harmony with the rest of your facial features. If you expected the treatment to enhance your looks and that the results matched your expectations, this would work wonders for your self-confidence and self-esteem. However, if you want a nose similar to a celebrity’s or similar to what another person achieved through plastic surgery, this wouldn’t be realistic. A nose that looks great on someone else may not look good on you. Moreover, different people respond differently to treatment, which means you cannot expect your results to be similar to another person’s.

Some people think that opting to have a cosmetic surgery will make they feel about themselves and tend to see a psychologist in their surgeon. For instance, some people may think that a new nose can make their life better, save their marriage, or boost their career – such expectations are unrealistic.

Of course, there are many instances when the outcome of a cosmetic treatment can provide emotional benefits too. For example, men and women with overly large breasts are often victims of cruel teasing. Breast reduction surgery can resolve this issue and provide great psychological benefits by putting an end to the bullying. However, cosmetic surgery cannot fix for all of their social problems.

Also, you can’t get major results from minor procedures. For example, a facelift can offer longer-lasting and more comprehensive results, but similar results cannot be expected with Botox treatment which is meant to resolve facial lines and wrinkles.

A reliable surgeon always educates patients about the treatment, provides satisfactory answers to their queries, and ensures that their expectations are realistic before going ahead with the procedure.