Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine: FOR or AGAINST?
Plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine for or against ?
Resorting to cosmetic surgery can be explained by a general malaise that we experience on a daily basis, and which we can no longer conceal.
In a society where youth is a sign of beauty, we cannot be simply satisfied with what nature has bestowed upon us. Nowadays, almost all our wishes could be met through
and cosmetic surgery.
For this reason, we shall evaluate the benefit/risk ratio for whether to undergo it or not.
AGAINST COSMETIC SURGERY?
Some people are not in a good health condition and/or do not tolerate general anaesthesia; therefore, undergoing surgery for purely aesthetic purposes can be risky. Also, be aware that most often, criticism related to cosmetic surgery comes from uninformed people or patients having unreal expectations.
That is why it is important for the surgeon to evaluate the patient's psychological profile before the procedure. He then can decide whether to perform or reject the surgery. Also, the patient should be informed of the different steps of the procedure. The risks of cosmetic surgery are those of any surgery. Complications can occur even if surgical performance was respecting of 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.
However, 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:
The surgeon has a good contact with the patient, explains to him/her what is feasible and what is not. The surgeon should also warn the patient of any risks, possible complications and consequences in case of non-compliance with the post-procedure recommendations. Finally, the surgeon is ought to give the patient the best care in the appropriate conditions.
The patient learns about all the possibilities, evaluates the advantages and disadvantages in a thoughtful way, draws a realistic and concrete picture of his/her requests, assimilates well all the recommendations provided by the doctor and commits to respect them.