We put a lot of emphasis on choosing a qualified, board-certified doctor with expertise in cosmetic procedures and getting plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments performed in safe environments, but even if you’ve done all that, there’s a chance you could be unhappy with your results if you didn’t effectively communicate what you wanted in the first place. Here are some tips to help you do that.
1. Bring photos, but choose wisely. Depending on your goals, bringing in celebrity photos of the look you want could be counterproductive. (Angelina Jolie’s lips and Uma Thurman’s eyes don’t look good on everyone.) If you want to restore lost youth, you might be better served by bringing in a photo of yourself when you were younger to show your doctor just where the skin on your face has sagged or lost volume over time.
2. Do your own research, but don’t make a decision before getting a consultation. Without an evaluation, you won’t know what procedure is ideal to fix your concern. It’s good to know what your doctor is talking about when he or she mentions specific treatments, but the idea is to use their wealth of knowledge to find the right course of action together. Treat your consultation like a collaboration. Be open-minded to suggestions but don’t allow yourself to be easily persuaded. Share your concerns and feelings up front and allow your doctor to educate you on the different options available before coming to a decision.
3. Ask your doctor for before-and-after photos of other cases. You need to see the work that your surgeon has done in the past for the specific procedure you want. Though no two surgeries are the same, surgeons sometimes favor certain techniques and previous case pictures should give you an idea of what results those techniques provide and what the scars will look like.
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