Top Reasons For Fear of Plastic Surgery

The Fear of Plastic Surgery

  DR. E Ronald Finger

Fear of Plastic Surgery is a natural emotion. After all, a patient is volunteering to allow a Plastic Surgeon to operate on them for a cosmetic reason. This type of fear is expected. And this type of fear diminishes when the patient has faith in the surgeon or when the surgeon is well-known and trusted. 

One of the Top Fears of Plastic Surgery is the possibility of a horrific outcome 

The fear of Plastic Surgery described in this article includes the fear of looking abnormal or different than expected from surgery, plus the fear of pain. There’s also the fear of not waking up from general anesthesia. 

When I first started practicing medicine, those who had Plastic Surgery didn’t want anyone to know. They wanted to look better or younger, but natural. Times have changed. Now, one look at movie starts and you see some good work – but not always natural. Huge buttocks, lips, and breasts are commonly seen now and certainly, seems to be a trend. These were never goals when I started my practice. A natural appearance was the key.

Because of the difference in taste and various perceptions of what beauty is, patients must make themselves very clear about their expectations when discussing their procedure with any qualified Plastic Surgeon. Natural can be achieved, as well as different or exaggerated when requested, but the surgeon must be aware of the patient’s wishes. The surgeon must also be able to spot patients with unrealistic expectations or unobtainable goals. He or she must communicate this with the patient and, if necessary, refuse to perform the surgery.

Fear of Plastic Surgery Dermal Fillers and Injectables

The Fear of Plastic Surgery can come from viewing pictures, videos, and documentaries about surgeries “gone wrong.” These surgeries often involve the following issues:

(1) The patient did not properly explain what they wanted or what they perceived to be the final outcome.

(2) The patient had unrealistic expectations and the physician did not clarify properly.

(3) The patient tried to save money and chose a non-qualified physician – or worse – no physician at all. The horror stories are out there for sure. 

What is important when it comes to deciding on Breast Implants? 

Breast implant, size is very important. To lead to the size the meets the goals of the patient, a doctor should do two things. Sizers should be placed int he patient’s bra in front of a full-length mirror with and without a t-shirt to help determine the proper size. The use of Crisalix 3D Imaging can also be very informative.

Using an iPad, photos can be taken of the patient. Then, using Crisalix, different implant sizes can be simulated on the iPad for the patient, allowing her to see how each size looks from different angles with and without clothes. The images can be forwarded to the patient’s email for later, private viewing. If you go to a qualified Plastic Surgeon your Fear of Plastic Surgery shouldn’t hold you back from reaching your aesthetic goals.

For facelifts, the result can be made very natural in appearance without the “wind tunnel look.” Look at your plastic surgeon’s pre and post-operative photos to determine if he or she can achieve the look you want. I also recommend reading reviews of the surgeon. Remember, many people don’t want images of themselves online. But surgeons can have entire photo albums available for viewing in the office. Simply ask when you visit for your consultation.

Noses and eyelids can look much better without looking unnatural, as well. Do your research before undergoing Plastic Surgery. Visit – a great way to see profiles and reviews of the physician you plan to use.

The Fear of Plastic Surgery and the pain associated with surgery is natural. However, new developments have been made available to plastic surgeons within the past few years. These dramatically reduce discomfort for the patient. Healing time is also shortened with the implementation of new surgical technologies.

Leave The Fear of Plastic Surgery Behind With Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation

With breast implants, the rapid recovery technique works because it reduces pain. Many patients claim the procedure made them sore, but not like the augmentation processes available years ago. The rapid recovery technique involves dissections with a special instrument that coagulates as it cuts. Every effort is made to stay away from the periosteum (the covering of your ribs) as this causes post-operative pain. The pocket is made large enough to reduce muscle tension and spasm over the implants. Finally, a long-acting anesthetic (forty-eight hours worth) is injected around the breasts just as the patient is put to sleep. Special stretching exercises are given to the patient to perform after surgery. Often, patients can return to reasonable routine activities the next day.

Regarding pain for an abdominoplasty, the drainless (no-drain) tummy tuck reduces pain dramatically, as well as recovery time and post-operative complications. Plus, there are no drains, which are painful and hated by patients.

I remember, years ago, when I did rhinoplasties under sedation and local anesthesia, I had a patient who was petrified with fear of pain. Afterward, he said, “It was nothing. I would do it again tomorrow.” I don’t agree that it’s nothing, but the proper use of anesthetic agents can be very effective at making discomfort tolerable.

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The Fear of Plastic Surgery Extends to Injectibles For Some Needle-Phobics

Even minor procedures like fillers, Botox, or Dysport can be less painful by using ice, a gentle touch, an anesthetic, and (when necessary) Pronox (laughing gas) at a lower percentage than you get at the dentist. This is wonderful because it takes the fear away long enough for the treatment but wears off quickly, allowing the patient to drive to and from the appointment.


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