What are the limits of cosmetic surgery?

What are the limits of cosmetic surgery?

05th Dec 2017

By its definition, cosmetic surgery is neither urgent nor binding, and is actually best performed on people with a good health condition. Plastic surgery does not “cure” anything; physical features are only improved, enhanced, or corrected.

Plastic surgery should not be rushed. Patients should take a considerable amount of time to research, discuss, and prepare for plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery, just like any other surgery, is subject to risks and complications. The patient should reflect maturely on the issue before taking the next step. The choice of the plastic surgeon who will perform the intervention, as well as the choice of the medical facility, is also paramount.

Limits of plastic surgery

There are patients who want to look completely transformed after surgery. While it is certainly possible to undergo drastic changes after surgery, it cannot perform miracles. Plastic surgery cannot make you instantly look like a famous celebrity or become someone else entirely all at once. Patients with unrealistic expectations are never good candidates for plastic surgery.

Your body has a certain anatomy and characteristics and therefore has its limits. For example, you want to have a wasp-like waist but you have a wide abdominal wall. After liposuction or a tummy tuck your waist will certainly be smaller, but it can only be as small as your anatomy allows it. The plastic surgeon can’t cut through muscles, skin and organs just to provide you with the shape you are looking for.

The importance of having the right reasons for surgery

The simple desire to change the appearance, while a good reason in itself, can’t justify an intervention. Plastic surgery is not a simple, trivial act of cosmetology. It is not like changing a haircut or waxing your brows.

The media today gives plastic surgery an image of a supernatural power that can alter any part of the body or face and bring it to perfection. This causes some patients (even celebrities) to have a distorted view and end up with pathological requests. The desire of a patient to have bigger breasts to respond to her husband’s demands does not make her a good candidate for the procedure. The plastic surgeon always needs to act with care where the reasons for undergoing surgery are concerned. Plastic surgery should only be performed if there is a real anatomical argument and if the patient can really benefit from the intervention in the long run.

Subjective outcome

We have to remind patients daily that the plastic surgeon is neither a god nor a powerful magician. Patients are discouraged from showing images and requesting that they have the same result. This is why it is important to choose a surgeon with a good sense of aesthetics for him to recommend what is most suitable for you.

The results of plastic surgery are always both subjective and objective in perception. While this may sound contradictory, it is the reality. Although there are objective criteria defined by medicine, beauty differs according to the perception of the individual. These perceptions also vary according to the culture, environment, and other factors.

Plastic surgery is an ambitious medical discipline that aims to provide the highest patient satisfaction possible. However, open communication is important first and foremost. You need to be in perfect accord with your plastic surgeon so that you can have grounded expectations to avoid dissatisfaction.

Achieving perfection

Perfection is not the goal of plastic surgery, and it is unfortunate that some plastic surgeons and patients fail to understand this. The understanding of this simple fact would deem a big percentage of the surgeries performed today as unnecessary. The plastic surgeon should assist the patient in correcting a real imperfection or defect, not a perceived one. Sometimes even the request for the procedure is confusing and unclear, simply because the person has a poor self-image. In these cases, it would be best for the surgeon to refuse the request. Performing plastic surgery to improve a part of the body that is already beautiful in the quest of perfection is wrong and should never be done.


The plastic surgeon must always balance accuracy and technical ability, artistry, and psychological insight. He must rebuild beauty and natural shape without aiming for supernatural or impossible objectives. Plastic surgery should always be practiced in a safe atmosphere, and only when there is a justifiable reason for the procedure.

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