Reality TV shows focusing on cosmetic surgery procedures like liposuction and breast enlargement are extremely popular, but how do they influence the ways real women and men approach cosmetic surgery in Dallas?
Last week, we looked at some of the ways these shows might negatively affect how patients see themselves and their surgery, but this week I want to touch on some of the potentially positive ways shows like The Swan and Extreme Makeover might actually help some people considering procedures like liposuction or breast enlargement in Dallas.
Cosmetic Surgery Reality Shows – A Potential Positive Influence:
More confidence in the surgical process: Seeing these shows may help many women feel more comfortable with the idea of surgery. In my Dallas cosmetic surgery practice, I favor minimally invasive techniques that help speed healing, but I also take the time to educate my patients to alleviate any concerns before surgery.
Reality show “education” has its limits, but in some cases it may help patients develop more positive feelings and confidence about the surgical process itself.
Clearer understanding of different options: Cosmetic surgery reality shows often highlight multiple procedures for the face, body, and breasts, so in my experience patients who watch these shows sometimes are more aware of their choices.
For instance, breast implant selection requires a number of decisions, but sometimes patients who watch these shows are better aware of the advantages of different implant choices, and may feel more confident about their options.
Feeling more comfortable and understanding which approaches make sense for you are both important, but in the end it is still important to be cautious of the ways these shows often portray cosmetic surgery. While your results may be just as dramatic and wonderful, they will not happen instantly. A good plastic surgeon will help you develop expectations that match up with what you can realistically achieve.