Some of my Palo Alto-area plastic surgery patients have expressed concern that plastic surgery isn’t customized enough to fit their needs. They worry about appearing overly “done” after their procedures or altering their natural features too much. I acknowledge their concerns, and that’s why I think it’s important for surgeons to offer plenty of options to fit each patient’s goals and lifestyle.
Body contouring is one branch of plastic surgery where it’s important to provide plenty of options. Just as no 2 bodies are exactly alike, neither are any 2 sets of cosmetic goals. Some people wish for a complete transformation after weight loss or childbirth, while others want to address small concerns about fat that can’t be alleviated by diet or exercise. In addition to tummy tuck and post-bariatric procedures, I also offer 4 types of liposuction to address various parts of the body, both large and small. By performing less-invasive types of liposuction, such as Smartlipo™, I can make body contouring more accessible to people who previously believed they didn’t have the time or the resources for it.
It’s also crucial for surgeons to offer a range of facial procedures. Most people still want to look like themselves after surgery — just younger or enhanced. To help them meet their goals, surgeons should spend plenty of time talking to patients during consultations and preoperative appointments about what they like and don’t like, as well as their ideas for their final results. A good surgeon develops a customized surgical plan for each patient, addressing each goal without sacrificing safety or comfort. For facial rejuvenation, it’s good for doctors to offer both surgical and non-surgical procedures, such as dermal fillers, to meet the varied needs of patients.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to any type of aesthetic enhancement. We all have unique features that make us beautiful. It’s the goal of all good plastic surgeons to celebrate and respect these features while working to help their patients become the best versions of themselves.