Expectations are to be expected, respected and protected
Response to change
Cosmetic surgery makes changes to our body/face that we may have dreamed of for years. We are saying farewell to an appearance we (and friends and family) have come to know and love. Adjustment can be emotional. It is realistic to expect surgeons to integrate emotional support.
Do you want to look like someone else? a celebrity perhaps? If so, you are probably suffering from unrealistic expectations. Sorry.
It is realistic to expect emotional reactions but they may not be the elusive 'psychological benefit' we have been told.
Media, advertising and celebrity culture were perceived by almost 75% of respondents to the (APPG) consultation to be the main social influences on body image. Read here why advertising trivialises surgery:
Communication is key
Expectations come down to ONE thing: COMMUNICATION. It is very important to have the courage to tell your surgeon what you do and do not like. It is also important to know if your surgeon is a Member of FRCS(Plast). You must listen to what your surgeon tells you. Then the most important part: you must decide if you and the surgeon are a good match.
If you are in any doubt...ask for a second consultation and ask for a simple clear explanation. Take someone with you so they can remind you of any points you may forget.
It is realistic to expect
You must expect
TO MEET YOUR SURGEON AT YOUR CONSULTATIONS. That might sound like just plain common sense but it is amazing how many patients speak to a Patient Advisor/Coach/Co-ordinator etc and NEVER MEET THE SURGEON til SURGERY. No no no...
Every day we communicate. How do you communicate? We talk to our friends, family and employers and we know how to do that. Talking to a surgeon is not something we do every day. It can be nerve-wracking. Sign up to all our resources.