Millions of Australians undergo cosmetic procedures yearly, but many find that the results must live up to their expectations. Social media has played a significant role in this, as patients are bringing in edited images of themselves or celebrities, making it difficult for doctors to set realistic expectations. In addition, many patients need to be fully aware of the risks and complications of such procedures. Plastic surgeons are warning that patients should be more cautious and realistic when it comes to cosmetic treatments and should clearly understand the potential risks and benefits before deciding to proceed with a procedure.
The psychological impact of poor outcomes from aesthetic treatments can be significant, as patients may blame themselves for complications. This can lead to negative thoughts and feelings such as self-doubt, insecurity, and regret. These negative emotions can be compounded by the fact that many aesthetic treatments are elective, and patients may feel that they should have known better or are somehow to blame. Patients need to understand that complications can happen to anyone, regardless of how much research they do or how careful they are, and it’s essential to focus on getting the best medical care possible to address any issues that may arise.
When considering an aesthetic treatment, it’s essential to be prepared for possible physical complications and plan how to handle them emotionally. Setting realistic expectations and understanding your motivations for the procedure are crucial. Patients should also be aware that not all providers are the same and that board certifications, bedside manner, and the provider’s experience in the specific procedure should be considered when choosing a provider. Many patients may have a bad feeling about the surgery but may ignore it due to fear, lack of trust in their instincts, or just wanting to get the procedure over with. Trusting your instincts, ask questions and speaking up if something doesn’t feel right is essential.