We all want to look younger, more rested, and more vibrant than our actual biological age for as long as possible. Thanks to advancements in plastic surgery, these can be realistic goals. However, an important factor in patient satisfaction resides in the patient’s expectations. For instance, it is probably not a realistic goal for a woman in her 60s to hope that a face lift will make her appear as if she’s 20. Going into a cosmetic procedure with those kinds of expectations is only going to leave the patient disappointed with the results. However, it is realistic for a woman in her 60s to want a facelift to shave 5-10 years off her age.
Whenever you are considering undergoing cosmetic surgery, it’s important to communicate your expectations and desired outcomes with your physician. The doctors at Boulder Plastic Surgery will discuss realistic options and results you can expect from any given cosmetic procedure during your initial consultation, so you know what to expect. To get a clear idea about your results, the doctor cannot predict specific results such as, “You will look 10 years younger after this procedure,” because everyone responds differently to different procedures. However, he can better predict surgical results such as looking “more rested” when lifting eyebrows, lids, or under eye areas, “more youthful” when receiving facial filler injections or implants, and improved skin tone when lifting sagging face and neck skin.
This is why it is equally important to communicate your desired results with your plastic surgeon during the initial consultation. When your doctor knows your expectations, he can better discuss which surgical options are best for you to achieve the look you desire. For instance, you may go into a consultation wanting a facelift, but may find that also adding a brow, forehead, and eyelid lift will achieve the maximum results you desire in just one operation.
The surgeons at Boulder Plastic Surgery are committed to creating individualized patient care plans to achieve the optimal surgical results you desire. Make an appointment for a consultation today, and be sure to communicate your expectations. Whether you want to look younger or just more refreshed, we’ll work with you to build a surgical plan with realistic expectations that will ensure your complete satisfaction.