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How to get the best out of your plastic surgery

A professional counsel can be a great aid to anyone wanting to extract as much value as possible from a plastic surgery

Francois Le Berre

PhD Bio-Science, Plastic Surgery Coordinator, Metro Beauty Centers

What are: accuracy, precision and parallel experience, and why do they matter?

So as to achieve and to evaluate the best results in plastic surgery, it is necessary to understand the concepts of accuracy, precision and parallel experience.

Accuracy is the ability to pronounce a proper diagnosis, in other words, the ability for the practitioner “to see right”. Precision is the surgeon’s skill to think and act in minutiae details. The other concept is that of parallel experience, that can come to complement the first two. It might, but not always, come from the surgeon’s experience in the operating room, but usually, it comes from an expertise from a different field of medicine, such as dermatology, or dentistry.

The leap of faith

Often, patients are left to find for themselves if their choice of plastic surgeon was satisfactory or not. For this, they often rely on reviews from the internet, fame and years of experience of the surgeon, suggestions from friends, etc. At the end of the day, they are left to trust their body to a professional, sometimes with great credentials, with no way to judge for themselves until the outcome is there for them to see.

Plastic surgery is an investment in yourself. Make sure it pays off

Plastic surgery should not be seen as an expenditure, but as an investment. And as all investments, you should ensure to maximize the return on your investment (ROI). You can do this by DYOR (doing your own research), or you might as well ask professional’s help. A counsel by your side, such as The Metro Clinic provides, will make the difference between a surgery gone well and surgery giving a fantastic result, at no extra cost to you. Your ROI on this surgery will in fact, be maximized.

You can not know what you do not know

Let’s look at two very common examples: there are some surgeons who will not perform any rhinoplasty (nose job) on some types of patients (usually those of older gentlemen with large pores). The reason being is the scarification of the injured tissue is usually not very good and the results are unpredictable. Some gentlemen may still decide to go ahead with another surgeon, who might not have the same standards, and who might perform a surgery that would deliver a disappointing result to the patient.

Such a dreadful experience could have been avoided with the help of a professional counsel, who would have advised the patient to firstly address the enlarged pores and skin thickness issue, usually with some laser treatments under the supervision of a dermatologist. Once the skin on the nose would have been taken care of, it would have been possible for the surgeon of choice to operate with ease and to deliver superb results.

Another example would be a candidate woman for a rhytidectomy (facelift in plain language). The surgery went well, but the patient feels partially happy with the results, she went from looking tired to having a slightly flattened face, looking a bit as if the skin has been pulled. Not the kind of result she was expecting.

A professional advisor would have advised the patient to get some fat grafts to plump up the volume in the sunken areas with the surgery. Not only that, but the professional would have known better than simply suggesting to have fat transfer, but fat grafts with some injections of stem cells. The stem cells have what are called angiogenic factors, that are responsible for growth of new blood vessels within the fat lobules. These blood vessels will carry the oxygen and the nutrients to the fat cells and ensure they survive when they are transferred. A professional advisor would have known what type of blunt canula to use for the fat cell collection, the optimum opening for the collection of the fat lobules to avoid damage to the cells, the appropriate angle and positioning of the canula during the collection, the best collection site for which adipocytes (not all fat cells are equal when it comes to fat harvest for grafts), the kind of anesthetics to use and which ones to avoid (lidocaine is cytotoxic to the grafted fat cells, for example), the best purification techniques and best SOP (standard of procedure) to maximize your chances of a great result.

The winning combination

A professional counsel is there to prepare you for your meeting with the surgeon and will liaise with your surgeon and the hospital. Surgeons are usually very busy and much of their mental energy is saved for their surgeries. During a consultation, a surgeon might ask you about your wishes, your dislikes, or what you would like to change. The time is limited, the surgeon will evaluate your case and this is when you get an answer. It can be handy to come prepared, not only with a set of questions, but with a deeper understanding of what you might have been learning from articles and YouTube.

What better way to prepare for your surgery with an advisor, at no extra cost for you, with whom you may talk to and who would prepare you for a successful consultation and fantastic results?

A great surgeon must be accurate and precise. However, even with accuracy and precision, having a professional counsel by your side greatly enhances your chances of a very favorable outcome. Smart and successful people know this, and they use them in every important aspect of their lives.

Reach to us today to see how we can be of help to you.