A Surprising Reason Why You May Be Denied Plastic Surgery
It is safe to say that about 99.9 percent of women would change something about their body if they could. A woman may be concerned about her weight, her sagging breasts, or her thin lips to the point that she thinks about these imperfections every day. She may avoid social events like pool parties or fancy get-togethers because her insecurities are simply holding her back.
When a woman has the power to change an insecurity she has lived with her entire life, it can be truly liberating. The boost in her confidence level can increase her happiness and help her excel in so many other areas of life. We plastic surgeons love to make this type of positive difference for our patients. However, there are a couple of circumstances that may cause a surgeon to deny their services to a patient.
Unhealthy or Unrealistic Expectations
Sometimes, a patient may come to us with unhealthy or unrealistic expectations. They may want to look exactly like a certain celebrity or even Barbie herself. Most reputable surgeons will not agree to completely changing a person’s appearance; we want to enhance the beauty that is already there. As artists, we are given an already beautiful canvass on which to create an even more beautiful result that the patient can be happy with. If a person has unrealistic expectations or appears to be psychologically unhealthy, they may never be truly satisfied with the results even if all their desires are met.
Furthermore, the procedure a patient desires may not turn out to be aesthetically pleasing or it may not be surgically possible. For example, with rhinoplasty, someone with an ethnic nose may desire a more Caucasian appearance, but this may not be surgically possible because of the patient’s skin thickness or bone structure. Some women who have a small chest width might desire very large implants for breast augmentation, which can increase the risk for double-bubble deformity and the implants sliding to the sides of the body, which is not in the patient’s best interest.
While it is not a surgeon’s job to make a psychological evaluation, we do use discernment when agreeing to perform surgery. A patient’s motive for surgery should not be to please another person or to transform themselves into another person, but it should be to enhance the beauty that is already there. Together, we work with patients who wish to safely achieve beautiful results in a way that can only lead to an improved quality of life.
If you are interested in cosmetic surgery in the San Francisco Bay area, please call board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kimberly Henry at (415) 924-1313 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.