PLASTIC SURGERY AND AESTHETIC MEDICINE: FOR OR AGAINST?
Plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine for or against ?
Resorting to cosmetic surgery is often a consequence of a general malaise in our daily life that we cannot handle any more with simple tricks. In a society where beauty is a sign of youth, harmonious and well-proportioned forms, one cannot stop being angry with nature that does not sometimes spoiled us or not as one would have liked. Nowadays, almost all our wishes could be met through aesthetic medicine and cosmetic surgery. Then we begin to evaluate the benefit / risk ratio for whether to go for it or not.
AGAINST COSMETIC SURGERY?
Some people are not in a good health condition or do not tolerate general anaesthesia, therefore, going for surgery for purely aesthetic purposes would be too risky. Also, be aware that most often, criticisms related to cosmetic surgery is about uninformed people or unreal expectations. That is why it is important for the surgeon to evaluate patient's psychological profile before procedure, he then decides whether to do or to reject the surgery and informs the patient the different steps of the procedure. The risks of cosmetic surgery are those of any surgery. Complications can occur even if everything was done respecting all the rules and protocols.
FOR COSMETIC SURGERY?
Health is the "physical, psychological and complete social wellbeing " according to the World Health Organization. Based on this definition, cosmetic surgery is now a major player achieving this welfare. Indeed, cosmetic surgery can repair the psyche and function. It can become the solution and remedy. But to do so, it must complete an equation that can only succeed if both variables are in harmony and balance.
A cosmetic procedure can be successful if and only if:
- Surgeon has a good contact with patient, explains to him what is feasible and what is not, he warns him of the procedure risks, possible complications and consequences in case of non-compliance with the post-procedure recommendations and gives him the best care in the appropriate conditions.
- Patient learns about all the possibilities, evaluates the advantages and disadvantages in a thoughtful way, draws a realistic and concrete picture of his requests, assimilates well all the recommendations provided by his doctor and he commits to respect them.