When many of my patients at Yager Esthetics come for consultation for cosmetic plastic surgery, they expect miracles. No scars or marks, no time off from work needed, no discomfort or swelling, no bruising. Instant gratification is what it’s all about. They hear stories from my former patients who are thrilled with their results and forget the recovery process. These patients need a reality check.
When I consult with prospective patients, I make sure to give a realistic idea of what to expect in terms of a result, the recovery process, time off from work or exercise, and the potential complications that may occur. I show before and after pictures of my actual patients with no retouching, and not just the best result I have obtained.
But I find I have great expectations as well. Although my patients are very happy with the changes that I make in their bodies and faces, I expect perfection every time, even when it is impossible. I am too hard on myself, and I am never 100% happy. This is bad for me, but great for my patients. To achieve the incredible, you have to attempt the impossible.
I think the happy medium for 2012 is for my patients to expect the very best results that can be achieved in plastic surgery at Yager Esthetics, and for me to be satisfied with delivering the best results possible as well. Perfection does not exist in our world, but I will continue to chase it.