Expectations should be expected, respected and protected
Advertising influences us every day in every way. How do we make the right decisions to get the results we want. What impact does a lack of regulation have on my choices? The future of your appearance depends on wise choices. If your practitioner offers emotional support, take that opportunity to explore your feelings before your procedure.
An innovative way to do your research is to take this letter with you and ask to be offered emotional support as part of a package of holistic care . The real information is always inside you but sometimes we need someone to help us hear it.
Good and bad surgical results last a very long time. Having a pre-procedure consultation can make all the difference to your choices.
Psychological Benefit can never be guaranteed. You may feel good, bad or indifferent before and after procedures. Prepare for all of these things so you can navigate the emotional part of a cosmetic procedure.
Beautiful photos and brochures are not an indication of a good surgeon or surgery. Nor are they research.
Beautiful hospital wards do not lessen the risk of surgery.
Travelling for Surgery may reduce cost but increase risks: Buyer Beware
Media stories are rarely verifiable.
Is my hospital equipped in case of emergency?
What is the complaint procedure?
What if I need a re-do?
What if there is a medical emergency?
Choosing a surgeon is a process that can create frustration and cost. Take your time. Make your decision only when you feel as certain as you can be.
Should I read online reviews?
We believe that everyone is unique. What makes a good surgeon or surgery for one patient may not be a good surgeon or surgery for you. Learn about surgeon registers and how to listen to your own inner voice when making life-changing decisions. Check our Resources page which are coming soon.
Online reviews are just for fun and not to be taken seriously. We believe all decisions are personal and unique to you.
Tools or Talking?
Bet you thought that psychology is the same as counselling and that both offer talking therapies? Think again because the answers are more complicated than that. Psychology has created measurement tools, screening and assessment but how does that make patients feel supported? Patients have needs before and after surgery that psychological tools may not address. Do psychology tools benefit surgeons more than patients? True patient benefit comes from talking with an experienced cosmetic surgery counsellor who personally and professionally understands the issues involved.
Pre-Op can refer to anyone before a procedure or a surgery, even if you are not booked in yet. It is important to be as well-informed as possible just in case you ever need the information for yourself or loved ones.
It's only natural that patients want to talk about forthcoming procedures with other patients. This is especially true during a cooling-off period when we are meant to be considering all we have learned at a consultation. It can be very difficult to make such a deeply personal decision alone. It is tempting to go online to find information, make new friends and get support. Do you know which support groups have hidden commercial or referral agendas? Do you really know who you are talking to at the other end of your screen?
Cosmetc Surgery is Emotional. Every patient is unique and brings their own expectations. Expectations are to be expected, respected and protected
Ask your surgeon to incorporate emotional support. Take this letter with you to your consultation:
What is Cosmetic Support?
We do not offer medical/surgical information and/or advice but we will post links to where you should be able to find this. We offer emotional support so that you can become a well-informed patient.
Many cosmetic clinics/surgeons call their marketing staff 'counsellors' or patient advisors. Some still do. This is not an independent service.
A pre-op session can help you gain valuable insight into your decisions and choices. A session may be under an hour but surgical results can be for a very long time.
"I' don't want or need counselling"
If you don't feel you want or need counselling then you should not be forced to see a counsellor.
"I don't want counselling - there is nothing wrong with me"
Again, nobody should force you to do anything you do not want to do. It wouldn't do any good.
"I don't want counselling - they will talk me out of surgery"
Counsellors (unlike patient advisors) are not there to talk you in or out of surgery.
Many people who have not experienced counselling, do not understand what counselling can offer. Many think that counselling is only for people with mental health problems or that it can create mental health problems! Some of the best counselling is done when patients are healthy and well and would like to focus on one particular life changing issue - like cosmetic surgery.
If you want to know more about emotional support in cosmetic procedures, please fill out the form below: