In most countries, there is no legal provision obligating good results for plastic surgeons. The reality is that there is no possible way to fully predict how a patient will look like after surgery. During consultation, virtual simulations can be created for the patient to visualize the post-surgical outcome, but providing an exact image of the result would be deceptive and may cause disappointment for the patient. To obligate a surgeon to fully guarantee results would make it impossible to practice plastic surgery as the outcome is subjective and entirely dependent on the patient’s physical characteristics and ability to heal. Even if the surgeon is unable to guarantee results, he still has an obligation to inform the patients about the risks and complications, as well as making sure that the patient is eligible for the type of surgery he is requesting for. The obligation to provide complete and detailed information While a plastic surgeon cannot provide a full guarantee of the results, he is responsible in giving full disclosure of information to a patient he has ensured is eligible for the procedure. This involves giving the patient a full run-thru of the steps involved in the procedure, as well as the possible risks and consequences. If the patient’s request to undergo plastic surgery is not legitimately or medically justifiable, the surgeon also has the right (and moral responsibility) to deny a patient. The surgeon must also inform the patient of the total costs of the surgery and provide a detailed estimate. He should also explain the choice of the surgical technique to be used and answer any questions the patient might have in a clear and understandable language. If your plastic surgeon of choice is keen on guaranteeing you will look exactly how you want without providing clear details of the operative process, you should reconsider your choice of surgeon and research more. Cosmetic surgery is very different from other types of surgery. It is not meant to resolve or provide relief from a medical issue, but aims to restore or offer an aesthetic comfort. This is why, in terms of cosmetic surgery, the obligation to completely disclose information before the patient makes a decision is highly important. Cosmetic surgery is very different from other types of. It is not meant to or relief from a medical issue, but it aims to restore or offer an aesthetic comfort. This is why, in terms of cosmetic surgery, the obligation to complete disclosure information before the patient makes a decision. Ensuring optimal results after surgery The surgery must be performed in an accredited facility. Professional, board-certified doctors will not perform operations in a medical office, hotel room, or any other type of facility that does not have proper medical equipment in place. Official authorization is needed for a medical facility to be able to provide a suitable location for plastic surgery procedures. The surgeon must ensure that the patient is a good candidate for the procedure. This requires the patient to disclose his full medical history, including current medication and past surgeries. The patient must also undergo tests to make sure there are no underlying health conditions that could interfere with the healing process. The plastic surgeon must provide proper advice and counsel regarding the type of surgery the patient is requesting for. If the surgeon believes that the patient will not benefit from the procedure or that the results will not be according to the patient’s expectations, he should refuse to perform the surgery. Unsatisfactory results will always be a possibility after plastic surgery. The procedure in itself might be safe and successful, but if the patient expected another outcome and becomes unhappy or dissatisfied, the surgeon will not be held accountable. Scarring is an inevitable effect of plastic surgery and can determine the success or failure of a procedure, but the degree of scarring depends on the patient. Even under normal conditions, some patients will heal more beautifully than others, especially if they follow their doctor’s advice to the letter. Others who smoke, take non-prescribed medication, or are genetically predisposed to have keloid scars will most certainly get different results. Conclusion There is no true guarantee of results after plastic surgery. A multitude of factors can affect the success or failure of a procedure, but there are some things within a patient’s control that can help ensure the best results possible. Choosing the right surgeon, following their advice, and having healthy expectations is the best way to ensure a happy and successful recovery from plastic surgery.