Our society relies a great deal on experts when it comes to making important decisions, but with cosmetic surgery, there is a fine line between a surgeon giving advice and making the decision for the patient. Your surgeon might know everything there is to know about a particular procedure, but he or she cannot know if plastic surgery is right for you. Remember, your surgeon may be the expert, but you are in charge.
At my Tampa plastic surgery practice, I remind my patients to be an active agent in the decision-making process. Here are a few things I encourage patients to do that may help you in your decision process:
- Do Your Own Research: The Internet is a great resource for information about plastic surgery. Also, check out your local book store or library for books about a particular procedure or about cosmetic surgery in general. Anything you learn can help you make decisions or can give you topics for discussion with your surgeon.
- Ask Questions: If you are unsure about a particular aspect of a procedure or are curious about your surgeon’s background, I encourage you to ask questions. Your surgeon should be happy to answer all your questions since your concerns about surgery are probably legitimate.
- Know Yourself as a Decision-Maker: If you are normally timid, make sure that you aren’t letting someone else make the decision for you. If you are normally assertive, then make sure you have all the facts before proceeding. Ideally, deciding to have plastic surgery should be a no-pressure situation, so take your time making the right decision.
- Listen to Your Intuition: If something makes you uncomfortable, check it out – don’t ignore your feelings. And if something sounds good to you, check the facts and proceed cautiously. Most plastic surgery procedures are safe, but listen to your intuition when something seems not quite right.