Do I need to like my cosmetic surgeon?

In a word: yes! It is vitally important that you feel comfortable in your cosmetic surgeon’s company. You need to be able to ask your surgeon as many questions about the procedure as are necessary to ensure that you understand everything that the surgery entails, and you also need to be able to state your own requirements from the surgery clearly, which may be difficult if you do not feel at ease with the surgeon.

Won’t the results depend on my physical features, rather than what I want?

A good cosmetic surgeon will be able to hone his or her technique to the requirements of the individual patient.

There will of course be limitations related to the actual physiology of the patient – if a breast augmentation patient is very flat chested, for example, she may not be able to achieve a DD cup in one operation, as there will not be enough skin on the chest to allow for this.

If she feels comfortable enough with her cosmetic breast surgeon to state her desires honestly, however, they may be able to work together to come up with a treatment plan that will allow her to come close to her ideal cup size over time, although this may involve multiple operations.

What if my requirements are not achievable?

It is still important that your surgeon knows what you want to achieve, whether it is possible or not, because if it is not possible to get the result you want then you need to be aware of this before you decide whether or not to go ahead with the surgery.

If you can communicate clearly what you want from surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will be able to tell you how close you can get to this. If you don’t feel comfortable with your surgeon then this level of communication might be difficult.

What if I don’t feel at ease with my surgeon?

This is what the consultation stage is for. Most cosmetic surgeons charge for their time at consultation precisely because they don’t expect 100% of patients who attend a consultation to go ahead with surgery. Not feeling comfortable with the surgeon is just as valid a reason not to go ahead as any other.